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Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Coach Modeling Tips

Here you'll find some visual modeling tips that will help you get to the finished model without some of the trial and error that I experienced. And, most all of the info you need is in one place. These techniques can be used to model most of the P70 class of passenger cars including the PBM70 and even the PB70 (if you want to do some kitbashing).

I trust you'll enjoy modeling this part of the PRR with PRR-Parts.


The air tanks and battery boxes are included with or on the underside of the HO scale Bachmann P-70 model and others. Carefully remove the equipment that comes with or on the models and put aside, it will be reused after some modification as shown in the photos.
The Bachmann P-70 coach is close to the prototype but not perfect and can be modified in several ways to make it more like the real Pennsylvania Railroad P-70. Now is a good time to release the tabs and remove the roof to paint the interior and install blinds in the windows. There are printable blinds shown below. Remove the center tabs as access to them will be impossible once the Ice Bunkers are mounted on the coach. The Ice Bunker can be cut down or added to in order to model bunkers with varying compartments. The brass fret with the latch handles can be modified as well to match a modified bunker.

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Though optional, the hardest task is to move the trucks outward so that the pivot point is centered with the second window in from each end of the coach.

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Next is to build up the center of the underside of the coach with styrene (see below) to represent the I-Beam that would have run the length of the prototype coach. Match the space given in the center of the Ice Bunker casting. The beam should stop at the Angled Channel Brackets at each end to avoid interfering with truck movement. The Angled Channel Brackets will mount on the simulated channels molded into the bottom of the Bachmann coach. The channels will have to be removed as well as the small raised part on the sill for the Angled Channel Brackets to be installed.Use the photos of the model shown on this page to position Angled Channel Brackets and be sure they do not interfere with truck movement.

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Mount the Ice Bunker to the underside of the coach then separate the brass fret of latch handles from each other. With the notches in the mounting strip facing you, gently twist the offset side of the handle toward you 90 degrees. Twist sparingly or they will inevitably break off. Apply a small amount of ACC to the mounting strip and slide it up in between the Ice Bunker and the side sill and line the handles up with the lower hinges on the Ice Bunker compartment doors.

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Install the water tank, and remount the modified air tanks, brake gear, and battery box. Steam components and various other drains and brake gear can be added as well if so desired. Most coaches were painted black on the underside, some were tuscan.

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Paint the steps tuscan and the treads black. Weather, and then admire your work, you now have a much closer to prototype and hard-working PRR P-70 coach for your model railroad.

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P70 Venetian Window Blinds. Copy and print out to use on your model. Thanks for looking.

Prototype photos and equipment diagrams will be your best guides when modeling. Morning Sun Books PRR Color Guides and The Railroad Press "Passenger Equipment of the Pennsylvania Railroad" Volume I are both great resources to use when modeling the Pennsy's passenger fleet. Joining the Pennsylvania Railroad Historical and Technical Society will also yield a wealth of information and friends with common interests and there are several Yahoo Groups in particular that are more than willing to aid in your modeling efforts.

All of the parts purchased come with instructions and diagrams to aid you in your modeling.

All of the parts are made of resin and will require some trimming of flash and sanding to get a perfect fit. Wash parts with soapy water and paint, then use ACC to install if appropriate. For true accuracy, use prototype photos for parts color and placement.

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