Just back from vacation and thought I'd post this blog entry while I continue my research for the NYC-PRR Throw Down Series. I recently acquired a few boxcars from fellow modeler Bobby G. who I know from TrainLife.com. Bobby is moving to O scale and disposing of the last of his HO rolling stock. One the cars I purchased from Bobby was an Atheran BB 50' Kansas City Southern ribbed side boxcar with the words
PS HYDRO FRAME 60 keeps loads SAFE from SHOCK in big letters.
PS Hydro Frame 60? Interesting. I checked my box car fleet and discovered an Athearn BB New Haven 50' boxcar also had this lettering but in a circle. So what was this Hydro Frame 60 from Pullman Standard?
- Manufacturer: Pullman Standard
- 100 produced for the Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac in 1963. The RF&P ran exclusively in Virginia and was partially owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia Retirement System.
- Equipped with the Pullman Standard Hydro frame-cushioning device, this spring loaded coupler softened the impact when cars were switched. The device added approximately 10 ft to the length of the car.
- Built in 1963
- Served the RF&P for 24 years
- Retired May 1987
- Donated to the Museum by the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad in February, 1988