This set was produced to introduce an more comprehensive set for these classes.
The GLa class started being built for the PRR in 1904. Through 1911 a total of 30,256 cars were built for or acquired by the PRR. These cars lasted through 1955 in the Circle Keystone scheme with over 25,000 in the fleet. By 1959 the numbers dropped off, until there were only 231 left in 1970, and these were in MOW service. In 1936 the PRR modernized 250 GLa cars, which then become GLg class cars. The major external differences included power hand brakes, and new straight side stakes. GLg class exclusively used series 251000-251249 until 1951, when GLa’s also began using this series.
GLa class had many numbering blocks. Those are featured here in this sheet. This set has enough data to do 8 cars total. 8 GLa class designations are given along with 1 GLg. There are six different reweigh/repack locations system wide and multiple re-weigh dates ranging from the mid-1930’s through to the late 1950’s.
The GLa Class has been produced in resin by Westerfield and in plastic by Bowser. The GLg has not been one by anyone, but presents a unique kit-bashing opportunity for those wishing to include this car in their fleet.
For references in regard to the PRR's GLa and GLg Class Open Hopper Car fleet please consult Pennsylvania Railroad Steel Open Hopper Cars, by John Teichmoeller and Volumes 1-3 of the PRR Color Guide.