This set was produced to introduce an more comprehensive set for these classes.
The G30 class of gondolas was built from May 1943 to August 1943 as a “war-emergency” gondola with an inside length of 52’-6”. All were built at Altoona under the 1943 “N” series trust. A total of 1,000 built in series 362384-363383. Beginning in December 1949 through March 1958; 918 G30 were rebuilt with steel sides into class G30a. Two G30 and thirteen G30a class did last into 1968.
This sheet has enough data to do 4 cars with enough data to do 4 each of either the G30 or G30a. 4 different pre-made numbers are included with options for creating your own, however if doing so consult the end number jumble to make work easier for you. There are 7 different reweigh/repack dates covering locations system wide and multiple re-weigh dates ranging from the mid-1940’s through to the late 1950’s.
The G30 and G30A have been produced in resin by F&C. Also, the G30 has been produced in plastic by Tichy, although the handbrake needs changed to a lever-pump style. For painting instructions any of this gondolas in the Circle Keystone Monogram scheme (pre-1954), the carbody is to be painted in Freight Car Color, trucks are black.
For references in regard to the PRR's Gondola fleet please consult Pennsylvania Railroad Gondolas, Revenue & Work Equipment, 1869 to 1968 by Al Buchan and Elden Gatwood, and The Keystone, Vol 8 No. 2 both published by the PRRT&HS. and Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide.