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This is the only G41A I've ever seen painted in this black paint with Quality markings. No class markings. Paint was fresh the day I spotted it. Reporting marks are stenciled.
Location: Duncannon, PA   9-8-96
Photo Online: July 7, 1998

Robert Waller - Duncannon, PA   9-8-96
CR 6063348 G41A
Robert Waller (41K)

John tells me that the G40 was a prototype car and one of a kind. It is similar to the G41's but is longer by one bay (7 vs 6). So this car is quite a find.
Location: Abrams, PA   4-94
Photo Online:October 14, 2001

John Alamieda - Abrams, PA   4-94
CR 606356 G40
John Alamieda (73K)

Gondolas were often used in coil steel service. Trains that commonly hauled coil steel, such as PIMO, often had a variety of such gondolas. Due to the steel's weight only two or four coils could be loaded, one or two over each truck where the car could better support them without bending. More modeling information is needed about this class of coil car.
Location: Altoona, PA   10-7-97
Photo Online: October 30, 1999

Rob Russell - Altoona, PA   10-7-97
CR 608520 G43A
Rob Russell (64K)

A shot of 609440 loaded. I don't know much about this class.
Location: Altoona, PA   7-30-05
Photo Online: December 23, 2005

Mark MacDougall - Altoona, PA   7-30-05
CR 609440 122F
Mark MacDougall (110K)

The 1977 ORER says this is class G36M coil steel gondola, but the class on the car is G42B. Such cars did not always have the hoods on them. More modeling information is needed about this class of coil car, though no ready to run kit is available.
Location: Abrams, PA   2-97
Photo Online: February 26, 1999

Lon Godshall - Abrams, PA   2-97
CR 611000 G42B
Lon Godshall (44K)

Here is another view of the same class but on a brigher day. Modeling this class would be a major job in any scale.
Location: Abrams, PA   4-94
Photo Online:October 14, 2001

John Alamieda - Abrams, PA   4-94
CR 611004 G42B
John Alamieda (62K)

Yet another shot of a G42B for the freight car historians, but this car has different styled hoods than the above photos.
Location: Abrams, PA   7-94
Photo Online:October 14, 2001

John Alamieda - Abrams, PA   7-94
CR 611023 G42B
John Alamieda (58K)

Former Erie Lackawanna cars. An interesting coil car. My guess is that the EL experimented with the beam to better distribute the weight, but it seems the beams would make the cars more costly and time consuming to construct. That's probably why this design didn't catch on in the industry.
Location: Morrisville, PA   1-99
Photo Online: February 20, 1999

John Almeida - Morrisville, PA   1-99
CR 622093 GE52B
John Almeida (33K)

Erie Lackawanna ordered 175 of the GE52 class of coil car from Greenville in 1967-1969. It's basically a flatcar with a coil cradle attached. I have no idea what company owns the yellow hood. Perhaps CNW?
Location: Wyomissing, PA   6-99
Photo Online: October 30, 1999

Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   6-99
CR 622317 GE52C
Robert Waller (74K)

Notice how the class is stenciled on the hood ends. You'll see this on many CR hoods.
Location: Norristown (Abrams Yard), PA   8-18-04
Photo Online: December 17, 2004

Sean McDonell - Norristown (Abrams Yard), PA   8-18-04
CR 622335 GE52C
Sean McDonell (142K)

This is basically the same as the car above, but it has one of the corrugated hoods as well.
Location: Norristown (Abrams Yard), PA   8-18-04
Photo Online: December 17, 2004

Sean McDonell - Norristown (Abrams Yard), PA   8-18-04
CR 622357 GE52C
Sean McDonell (105K)

Former Erie Lackawanna cars.
Location: Morrisville, PA   1-99
Photo Online: February 20, 1999

John Almeida - Morrisville, PA   1-99
CR 622363 GE52C
John Almeida (46K)

As you can see by now, Conrail owned a number of converted gondolas for coil service, such as this stunty G42C. Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: Abrams, PA   4-94
Photo Online:October 14, 2001

John Alamieda - Abrams, PA   4-94
CR 623557 G42C
John Alamieda (57K)

Another G42C, this time with taller, rounder hoods.
Location: Abrams, PA   4-94
Photo Online:October 14, 2001

John Alamieda - Abrams, PA   4-94
CR 623558 G42C
John Alamieda (57K)

Conrail designed and built the CoilSHIELD2, which is their final coil steel car design. Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: Harrisburg, PA   7-21-98
Photo Online: August 8, 1998

Tom Wolfgang - Harrisburg, PA   7-21-98
CR 623618 F51
Tom Wolfgang (49K)

Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: Hershey, PA   1997
Photo Online: May 9, 1998

Robert Waller - Hershey, PA   1997
CR 623659 F51
Robert Waller (62K)

Former PC/NYC 752000-752099 series built by Evans in 1965. More prototype and modeling information is needed about this class of coil car.
Location: Lebanon, PA   3-97
Photo Online: February 26, 1999

Lon Godshall - Lebanon, PA   3-97
CR 623719 984F
Lon Godshall (45K)

Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: Unknown   1998
Photo Online: September 5, 1998

John Berger - 1998
CR 623852 F51
John Berger (52K)

Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: Altoona, PA   1998
Photo Online: February 26, 1999

Lon Godshall - Altoona, PA   1998
CR 623899 F51
Lon Godshall (45K)

This class of CoilShield2 cars are painted in traditional Conrail Oxide. The shield contruction is slightly different than the F51. Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: Altoona, PA   5-4-98
Photo Online: February 26, 1999

Lon Godshall - Altoona, PA   5-4-98
CR 623968 F51A
Lon Godshall (50K)

Originally built by Penn Central, the F50 was one of the last cars built in the NYC's Despatch Shops in East Rochester, NY. Check out the duck on the hood.
Location: Oak Island (Newark, NJ)   1994
Series: CR 627100-627799
Photo Online: September 5, 1998

John McCluskey - Oak Island (Newark, NJ)   1994
CR 627275 F50
John McCluskey (57K)

An interesting pair of hoods. NS hoods on a CR F50 was not uncommon even before the 1999 merger. However, the black CR hood definately marks this as a post 1999 photo since CR never painted their hoods black--only NS did. Note the G52A markings on the left-hand hood.
Location: Norristown, PA   8-18-04
Photo Online: May 6, 2005

Sean McDonnell - Norristown, PA   8-18-04
CR 627446 F50
Sean McDonnell (115K)

Another odd combination of hoods on this F50. Note the foremost hood has the F50 markings.
Location: Norristown, PA   8-18-04
Photo Online: May 6, 2005

Sean McDonnell - Norristown, PA   8-18-04
CR 627599 F50
Sean McDonnell (110K)

You can clearly see the PC heritage of this F50 since the car is still in a CR stenciled scheme as late as 1998. A great catch, John!
Location: Harrisburg, PA   2-7-98
Series: CR 627100-627799
Photo Online: August 19, 1998

John Schodowski - Harrisburg, PA   2-7-98
CR 627648 F50
John Schodowski (47K)

This car is clearly marked for restricted loading only. The shipper was told the see the equipment register for details.
Location: Norristown, PA   8-18-04
Photo Online: May 6, 2005

Sean McDonnell - Norristown, PA   8-18-04
CR 627675 F50
Sean McDonnell (99K)

Conrail had to repaint the reporting marks on the 627738, making it a bit different from other F50's
Location: Norristown, PA   8-18-04
Photo Online: May 6, 2005

Sean McDonnell - Norristown, PA   8-18-04
CR 627738 F50
Sean McDonnell (118K)

The G42E is similar to the GR42 featured in its own section, so you could use that model as a stand in.
Location: Abrams, PA   10-94
Photo Online:October 14, 2001

John Alamieda - Abrams, PA   10-94
CR 627904 G42E
John Alamieda (87K)

Conrail's interim coil steel car design, CoilSHIELD. More prototype information is needed about this class of coil car. Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: Lyons, PA   8-96
Photo Online: May 9, 1998

Robert Waller - Lyons, PA   8-96
CR 631030 G52V
Robert Waller (54K)

Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: Unknown
Models: No models in any scale.
Photo Online: July 10, 1998

Doug Trueblood
CR 631080 G52V
Doug Trueblood (53K)

One of the last types of coil steel cars that Conrail built.
Location: Norristown, PA   8-18-04
Photo Online: May 6, 2005

Sean McDonnell - Norristown, PA   8-18-04
CR 631435 G52V
Sean McDonnell (106K)

The cars in this series were taken off the roster by the end of the 1980s. More prototype information is needed about this class of coil car. Unfortunately, there are no available models of this class in any scale.
Location: York, PA   1980
Photo Online: May 9, 1998

Tom Wolfgang - York, PA   1980
CR 752794
Tom Wolfgang (59K)

Conrail developed these racks to carry coils on modified bulkend flatcars. A great article on how to construct these cradles and flatcar appeared in Railroad Model Craftsman.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   6-2-96
Photo Online: July 7, 1998

Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   6-2-96
CR Coil Cradle
Robert Waller (60K)

Another shot of coil cradles in service.
Location: Unknown   11-8-97
Photo Online: October 30, 1999

Rob Russell - 11-8-97
CR Coil Cradle
Rob Russell (61K)

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