S. Berliner, III's sbiii.com Pennsylvania Railroad Bibliography Page keywords = Pennsylvania Pennsy PRR railroad bibliography Horseshoe Muleshoe Curve Altoona Juniata Gallitzin Allegheny Alleghany Allegrippus Tunnelhill Cresson Sang Hollow Lilly Hollidaysburg Duncansville Glenwhite Kittaning Burgoon Sugar Run Blair Gap Bennington New Portage Main Line Public Works Utilities model train Z HO scale track Berlinerwerke Cary Stromberg

Updated:   01 Nov 2011, 20:50  ET
(missing images restored 04 Sep 2003)
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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

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Pennsylvania Railroad Page




"The Standard Railroad of the World"

PRR Keystone

NOTE:  07 Apr 99 - I gave up!  I had avoided a Pennsy page as long as I could but there comes a time when some things just can't be avoided.

Because of former page size limitations, these PRR pages are now continued from the main PRR Page, et seq.

NOTE:  HTML limited my pages to 30kB!  Thus, I was forced to add separate pages to fit the lengthy stories of the prototype and HO (1:87.1) Horseshoe Curve and Berlinerwerke; the Berlinerwerke-Z (Z-Scale - 1:220) story is on its own page.



Truncated somewhat to make room for more books in the bibliography;
    see the main PRR page for a more complete, linked index.

On the main PRR Page:

The Infamous G½ (half GG1)
PRR Paint Color Codes (moved to PRR page 2 on12 Jan 03)
The HIPPO Boiler Question
The Only B4a Still Steaming (the only B4a at all?)
PRR Modeling (including Penn Line and Cary) {moved to Page 0 on 25 Nov 04}
PRR Links*
and just scroll away!

On the PRR Continuation Page 0:

THE SOUTH PENN RR (moved from this page 04 Feb 04)
BNSF Red Rock Sub in OK/TX (moved from this page to Cont. page 1 and then to Cont. page 0 on 04 Feb 04)
"Main Line" (moved from Cont. page 1 to Cont. page 0 on 04 Feb 04)
More on B4a #643.
PRR Modeling (including Penn Line and Cary) {moved from main page on 25 Nov 04}
Odd AF15½ (FA-1½) 5772 Tuscan Shell.

On the PRR Continuation Page 1:

PRR Marker Lights (moved from main PRR page 16 Jul 00)
Penn Roman Type Font
PRR Help and "Whatsis"

On PRR Continuation Page 2 page:

PRR Bibliography
PRR Semantics
PRR Paint Color Codes (moved from PRR main page on12 Jan 03)

On PRR Continuation Page 3 page:

PRR Class I1sa Decapod #4483, with
  Class 90F82 short-haul 8-wheel tender #4485 and
    Class 210F75A long-haul 16-wheel tender.
  {moved from main PRR page on 03 Feb 2003}
PRR Class I1sa Decapod Backhead Details.
Northumberland Yard Photos.

On PRR Continuation Page 4:

    Cary Locomotive Works (cont'd).
        Bowser Manufacturing, Incorporated.

On PRR Continuation Page 5:

    Pennsy Pantographs
    Charlie Crofutt and #944

On this PRR Bibliography Page:

    Motive Power
        Staufer's "Pennsy Power" series
        Also on Motive Power
        Also, on specific classes of locomotives
    Overall History
    The Books of the two "Dons" (Ball and Wood)
    Horseshoe Curve
    Other Books Recommended

On the PRR Track Charts:

    Allegheny Div. - New Florence/Johnstown (MP 291) to
        Duncannon (near Harrisburg, MP 113) - 2 pages.

On the Horseshoe Curve page:

Prototype Horseshoe Curve Story.
Berlinerwerke (HO) Saga.

On the Continuation Page 1:

Dimensions of the Horseshoe Curve - with HO (1:87.1) Scale Equivalents -
    a mile-by-mile and even foot-by-foot guide to the Curve.

On the Continuation Page 2:


On the Continuation Page 3:

Dimensions of the Horseshoe Curve in N (1:160) and Z (1:220) Scales -
    also mile-by-mile and even foot-by-foot.

On the other RR pages:

S. Berliner, III's Railroad Page
S. Berliner, III's Model Railroad Page
S. Berliner, III's Z-Scale (1:220) Model Railroad Page,

BW Keystone

For modelers, the BERLINERWERKE (HO) Story, the story of the HO pike and Horsehoe Curve.
The full prototype Horseshoe Curve story will appear shortly.
The Z-scale Berlinerwerke-Z Saga is on a separate page.

My own LIRR pages may be of interest, as well (the Pennsy owned the LIRR from 1904 to 1966, having bought it out to gain access to Sunnyside Yard for Pennsylvania Station, and see also the Steinway System).

LIRR Keystone

Visit these courtesy and official home pages:

Long Island Rail Road Historical Society {inactive}

Long Island Sunrise - Trail Chapter
(National Railway Historical Society)

Sunrise Trail Division
(Northeastern Region)
(National Model Railroad Association)
(all new links)

* - If you are a Pennsy fan (how can anyone NOT be?), there are endless sites to surf, some of which are listed at PRR Links; however, for me, the première site must always be that of the

Pennsylvania Railroad
Technical & Historical Society

The PRRT&HS Philadelphia Chapter runs a fantastic PRR Discussion Forum.

[Fans of Pennsy relative NYNH&HRR will be pleased to hear that the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, Inc. (NHRHTA) now has "THE NHRHTA NEW HAVEN RAILROAD FORUM"

(their site is wholly framed, meaning no separate direct URL, so you must go to the right-hand frame
  and click on the link down near the bottom of the frame).]

One site that really got me, however, is Rob Schoenberg's, on which he has a PRR station sign maker, which allows you to assemble a Pennsy-style station sign in color, letter by letter.  I'm trying to go Rob one better by adding a space, a hyphen, and an apostrophe.  He has since superimposed a keystone outline (ya gotta have a keystone to make it a REAL make-believe Pennsy station sign!).

Rob also has on his site most of the PRR Equipment Diagrams!  These are detailed below under PRR Links.

Also, for Pennsy fans with good imaginations (or strong stomachs), ya gotta see my Berlinerwerke Apocrypha page and its continuation page 2!

The rest of the links are on the main PRR page at PRR Links.


{moved from PRR Page 2 on 20 Mar 2007}
(Not exhaustive, by any means; this is only a partial bibliography -
a few "must-have" classic books for the Pennsy fan(atic).

[Many of these books are long out-of-print; try a vintage bookseller such as Blocklyn Books.]

Sub-Index for Bibliography:

    Motive Power:

  Staufer's "Pennsy Power" Series.

  Motive Power.

  Specific Classes of Locomotives.

Overall History.

The Two "Dons" (Ball and Wood).

Horseshoe Curve.

Other Books Recommended.

Possibly first and foremost for motive power would be Alvin F. Staufer's "Pennsy Power" series:

"Pennsy Power - Steam and Electric Locomotives of the Pennsylvania Railroad 1900-1957", Alvin F. Staufer, 1962, Loc 62-20878.

"Pennsy Power II - Steam Diesel and Electric Locomotives of the Pennsylvania Railroad", Alvin F. Staufer, 1962, Loc 62-20872.

"Pennsy Power III: 1847 - 1968 - Steam, Electric, MU's, Motor Cars, Diesels, Cars, Buses, Trucks, Airplanes, Boats, Art", Staufer, Alvin F., with William D. Edson and E. Thomas Harley, 1993/97, , ISBN #0-944513-10-7.

Also on motive power:

"LOCOMOTIVES of the Pennsylvania Railroad 1834-1924", Paul T. Warner, Owen Davies (publ.), 1959.

"Pennsy, A to T - PRR Steam Picture History", P(aul). & D(aphne). Carleton, P. & D. Carleton, Fairview, NJ, undated (but my copy was dated by me in Nov 1970).

"Loco Profile 24 - Pennsylvania Duplexii", Brian Reed, Profile Publications, Ltd., Windsor, Eng., Jun 1972 (Q1, Q2, S1, T1, with some drawings, great - if off-color - rendering of T1 #6110).

"Pennsylvania Railroad Steam and Electric Locomotive Diagrams", Alvin F. Staufer, undated, reissued by Leonard Buonocore (Cleveland, OH)

(including 19 early diesel diagrams - Centipedes, F-Ms, ALCo PAs, BLH transfers, etc.).

"Descriptive List of Locomotives and Tenders - The Pennsylvania Railroad (and Long Island Railroad {sic}), Steam - Electric - Diesel Electric and Gasoline-Electric Locomotives - May 1948", Douglas Wornom (ed.), Owen Davies (publ.), 1972.

"Loco Profile 11 - The Norris Locomotives", Brian Reed, Profile Publications, Ltd., Windsor, Eng., Apr 1971 (with C&A Crampton "John Stevens" and early 4-6-0, 1864 PRR #297).

"Pennsy Steam: A to T", Paul Carleton, D. Carleton Railbooks (Dunnellon, FL), 1989.

and a whole slew of books by Bob Janosey, starting with:

"Pennsy Diesel Years - Volume 1", Robert J. Janosey, Morning Sun Books (Edison, NJ), 1988, LoC 88-92526, ISBN 0-9619058-2-4, et seq.

"Pennsy Diesels 1924 - 1968 - The complete history of Pennsy diesels from A-6 to EF-36", Kenneth L. Douglas and Peter C. Weiglin; chapter headings: Muzzling the Ox; The PRR was Unique (Paint Schemes, Demonstrators, Test Units, Cab Signals and Trainphone); The First Diesels; Passenger Locomotives; The First Freighters; The Second Generation; Early Road-Switchers; Later Road-Switchers; Shifters; Transfer Units; Organization/Locations; Detailed Roster; and Dispositions.  Hardcover, b&w photos, 256 pages, Hundman Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-945-3468-5.

"Black Gold - Black Diamonds, The Pennsylvania Railroad and Dieselization", Vol I, Eric Hirsimaki, Mileposts Publishing, 1993, ISBN #0-929886-07-0.

Also, on specific classes of locomotives:

"Loco Profile 14 - Pennsylvania Pacifics", Brian Reed, Profile Publications, Ltd., Windsor, Eng., Jun 1971 (K4s and K5, with some drawings, great renderings of #5495 and streamlined #3768).

"Pennsy K-4's Remembered - Class K-4 The Keystone of Steam Passenger Power", Frederick A. Kramer, Bells & Whistles (Westfield, NJ), 1992.

"The Many Faces of the Pennsy K-4 - Classic Power 6", Bert Pennypacker and Alvin F. Staufer, N. J. International (Hicksville, NY), 1984{?}, LoC 84-062738, ISBN 0-934088-13-6.

"Pennsylvania Railroad K-4s", Harry P. Albrecht, Steam Locomotives of Yesteryear (Altoona, PA), Oct 1967.

"Pennsylvania M-1 Dual Service Mountains - Classic Power 8", Bert Pennypacker, N. J. International (Hicksville, NY), 1990, LoC 90-061673, ISBN 0-934088-21-7 (great photos but poorly edited text).

"Pennsy Q Class - The Pennsylvania Railroad Q-2 Duplex - Classic Power 5", E. T. Harley, N. J. International (Hicksville, NY), 1990, LoC 82-081755, ISBN 0-934088-09-8.

[I had written that there are also small booklets (by Squadron Publications?) on the K4s and on the Duplexii which I had yet to unpack. - WRONG! - They were buried on a shelf between larger volumes and were from Profile Publications, Ltd., in Windsor, England; Loco Profile Volumes 11 (Norris), 14 (K4/5), and 24 (Q/S/T) apply to the Pennsy and have been added to the above list.]

For overall history, try:

"On the Main Line - The Pennsylvania Railroad in the 19th Century", Edwin P. Alexander, Bramhall House (NY), 1971, LoC 70-118297.

"The Pennsylvania Railroad - A Pictorial History", Edwin P. Alexander, Bonanza Books (NY), 1967.

"The Pennsylvania Main Line Canal", Robert McCullough and Walter Leuba, The American Canal and Transportation Center, York, 1973.

"Pennsylvania Transportation", George Swetnam, Pennsylvania History Studies: No. 7, The Pennsylvania Historical Association, Gettysburg, 1964/68.

[I have a slew of booklets like the preceding two and will add them shortly.]

and a new coffee-table book:

"Traveling the Pennsylvania Railroad, Photographs of William H. Rau", John C. Van Horne (ed.) with Eileen E. Drelick, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002{?}, ISBN 0-8122-3625-4
(Rau was the PRR official photographer in the late 1800's-early 1900's and this book,
  with over 100 photos from 18" x 22" view camera glass negatives, and at 10⅛" x 8½"
  and with 264 pages, 107 quadtones, and 5 maps, should be a real corker!).

It's hard to beat the books of the two "Dons":

"The Pennsylvania Railroad - 1940s - 1950s", Don Ball, Jr., Elm Tree Books (Chester, VT), 1986, ISBN 0-393-02357-5.

"I Remember Pennsy", Don Wood, Audio-Visual Designs (Earlton, NY), 1973{?}, LoC 73-80683.

Horseshoe Curve:

"World Famous Horseshoe Curve - Altoona - Pennsylvania Railroad", Harry P. Albrecht, Steam Locomotives of Yesteryear (Altoona, PA), Sep 1973#.

"Rail Guide to the Horseshoe Curve", unattributed, PC Publications (East McKeesport, PA), 1976.

"Horseshoe Curve - 125 Years", unattributed, Rails Northeast (McKeesport, PA), 1981.

"Horseshoe Heritage - The Story of a Great Railroad Landmark", Dan Cupper, Withers Publishing (Halifax, PA), 1992, ISBN 1-881411-00-1, LoC 92-061816.

"Railfan's Guide to Horseshoe Curve", 16 page insert* in Railpace Newsmagazine, Michael Bezilla, May 1992

(* - also available bound separately).

"Horseshoe Curve Remembered - A Cavalcade of Trains and Motive Power", Frederick A. Kramer, Bells & Whistles (Westfield, NJ), 1993.

"Conrail's West Slope - Part 3, Lilly to Cresson and Gallitzin", Railpace Newsmagazine, Mike Barber and Jim Olmstead, Feb 1996, pp. 20-30.

Other books recommended include:

"Pennsylvania Railroad 1950 Track Charts, New York - Chicago, Pittsburgh - Columbus, Volume I", reprinted by Rails Northeast (East McKeesport, PA).

"Heart of the Pennsylvania Railroad - The Main Line: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh", Robert S. McGonigal, Kalmbach books, 1996, ISBN 0-89024-275-5.

"Crossroads of Commerce - The Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar Art of Grif Teller", Dan Cupper, Great Eastern Publishing (Richmond, VT), 1992, ISBN 0-9625602-1-9.

"The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station", Lorraine B. Diehl (e-mail:  lbdiehl@aol.com), published by Four Walls Eight Windows, 39 West 14th Street, New York, New York  10011, 1985, ISBN 1-56858-060-6, LoC 96-21056).

"Manhattan Gateway: New York's Pennsylvania Station, William D. Middleton (George H. Drury, Editor), Kalmbach Publishing, July 1996.

"The Pennsy Era on Long Island", Ron Ziel, Sunrise Special, Ltd. (Bridgehampton, NY), 1984, LoC RM222.2HS 1985 613.2'5 85-170 {sic}, ISBN 0-312-39564-7.

"Trackside on the Pennsylvania - Standard Plans of the Standard Railroad of the World - Structures, Bridges, Signals and Signs", Jeff Scherb, October 2002, Highlands Station, Incorporated, ISBN: 0965536556.

"Rockville Bridge - Rails across the Susquehanna", Dan Cupper, March 2002, Withers Publishing, Halifax, PA, ISBN: 1-881411-34-6.

"The New York Connecting Railroad - Long Island's Other Railroad", Robert C. Sturm and William G. Thom, 2006, Long Island-Sunrise Trail Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, , New York {reviewed at New PRR Books}.

"Conquering Gotham - A Gilded Age Epic: The Construction of Pennsylvania Station and its Tunnels", Jill Jonnes, 384 pages, Viking, April 19, 2007, ISBN-10: 0670031585/ISBN-13: 978-0670031580 {reviewed at New PRR Books}.

See also my own Long Island Rail Road bibliography.

AHA! - Thanks to "Pennsyfan" (whoever he or she may be - don'tcha just hate anonymous posters?), here is a link to the ubiquitous Rob Schoenberg's massive PRR Bibliography!

# - That booklet by Albrecht, "World Famous Horseshoe Curve - Altoona - Pennsylvania Railroad", includes a section on the Altoona works, with keyed track plans, maps, and photos.

In addition, while hardly Pennsy books, both Kalmbach's "Model Railroader Cyclopedia - Volume 1, Steam Locomotives"" and their reprint of the "1941 Locomotive Cyclopedia" are replete with PRR photos, engineering drawings, and data.  Just for starters, from responses I just made to queries in the PRRT&HS Discussion Web, there's a K4s featured on page 140 of the MR Cyc and the 130-F-82a tender and its 2F-T2 truck are shown in great detail on pages 879-880 and 909 in Section 12, Tenders, in the '41 Loco Cyc.  On top of that, the B6sb is on page 119, the E6s on 176, the G5 on page 183, the K4s on page 186 and streamlined (#3768) on 189, the M1 and the M1a on 207, and the S1 on pages 242-243 (and that's just steam!).

I am thinking of cataloging the PRR pages in both books for this section - stay tuned.

For motion pictures of Pennsy steam in it's glory days of the '50s, look at Ben Young's old hand-wound 16mm films from the "PENNSYLVANIA GLORY" tapes, Benjamin T. Young, Jr., produced and distributed by Herron Rail Video, 2016 North Village Avenue, Tampa, Florida  33612.

For tall tales of the Berlinerwerke and its equipment and such (much of which is PRR or PRR-ish,
visit the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha page, et seq.

BW Key

You will specially appreciate (or hate)
  the PRR Class Z6s Arctic 4-2-2,
  the PRR Class V Rocky 4-14-2,
  the PRR Genesis Engine (unlikely!), and
  the PRR Centipede Engine 4-D-D-4 (even more unlikely, but oh, 'tis true, 'tis true!).

Because of former page size limitations, these PRR pages are now continued from the main PRR Page, et seq.

You may wish to visit the Railroad Page, et seq.

of this series of Pennsylvania Railroad pages.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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