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Rail - Passenger Car - Heavyweight - Pennsy P70 Coach

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Rail - Passenger Car - Heavyweight - Pennsy P70 Coach
Name Passenger Car, Heavyweight, Pennsy P70 Coach
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Passenger Car
SubType Heavyweight
Variety Pennsy P70 Coach
Manufacturer Pennsylvania (Details)
Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)



History: Over 1000 P70s were produced between 1907 and 1929 by a host of builders including Altoona. They were in service into the 1960s! These 80 ft all-steel coaches were originally equipped with 88 seats, but in 1926 they were produced with 80 seats standard. The P designation refers to passenger coach. The 70 indicates the overall length of the passenger compartment. In 1933, the PRR began to include ice-air conditioning in the cars. These air conditioned coaches were reclassified as P70R.

Railroad/Company:
The Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark PRR) was an American Class I railroad, founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy," the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the twentieth century. Over the years, it acquired, merged with or owned part of at least 800 other rail lines and companies. At the end of 1925, it operated 10,515 miles of rail line; in the 1920s, it carried nearly three times the traffic as other railroads of comparable length, such as the Union Pacific or Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.

At one time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, with a budget larger than that of the U.S. government and a workforce of about 250,000 people. The corporation still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history: it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for more than 100 years in a row.

In 1968, PRR merged with rival NYC to form the Penn Central Transportation Company, which filed for bankruptcy within two years. The viable parts were transferred in 1976 to Conrail, which was itself broken up in 1999, with 58 percent of the system going to the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), including nearly all of the former PRR. Amtrak received the electrified segment east of Harrisburg.

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Item created by: gdm on 2019-09-10 11:33:49. Last edited by gdm on 2019-09-10 12:05:57

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