Featured Altoona/PRR Memorabilia


This is a brochure, put out by the PRR in 1925, for ASME. This booklet was given to me in brand new condition straight from a storage box in the Juniata Shop in 2006.
Collection of L.R. Myers
An unused Juniata rebuilders plate from Conrail days.
Collection of L.R. Myers
This metal "rebuilder plate" is afixed to locomotives remanufactured at the Juniata Shop. This plate was a gift to Jeff and is unused.
Collection of Jeff Lubchansky
When the Juniata Shop makes major modifications on locomotives for another company, they get permission from EMD and modify the original manuals to create a new operators manual. From left to right: NJT GP40PH-2B, NJT F40PH-2CAT, MNCR F40PH-2CAT.
Collection of L.R. Myers
This is an employee badge from the PRR Altoona Works that employees were required to wear during WW II.
Collection of L.R. Myers
This small whistle came from the cab of a GG1 electric. It was for the signal line and measures about seven inches long. It might have been homemade in the Juniata Shop.
Collection of L.R. Myers
A small remanufacturers plate for smaller components for locomotives.
Collection of CR Historical Society
Numberboard from Conrail 6987, an SD40-2 rebuilt from an SD40.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Five Altoona builders plates on display.
Collection of RR Museum of PA
An original unused decal applied to engines painted at the Juniata Shops by Conrail.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Original plate from a PRR L1s 2-8-2 built at the Juniata Shops.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Original plate from a PRR P5a (modified) 2-C-2 built at the Juniata Shops.
Collection of L.R. Myers
PRR recast plate from a PRR H9s 2-8-0 originally built as an H8b by Baldwin. PRR made a new plate for the engine when it was upgraded.
Collection of L.R. Myers
The Altoona Association of Model Railroaders maintains a large collection of PRR artifacts, in addition to an excellent model railroad. This is just the tip of the iceburg, but many or most of the keystones are reproductions. See more photos below.
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
Photo by Sean Gulden
Here we have a couple of checks from the Logan House. On the left is a coat check, and on the right is a baggage check.
Collection of L.R. Myers
These are all tool checks from the Juniata Shops. Five are stamped with the same number, and presumed to have belonged to the same employee.
Collection of L.R. Myers
This operator's manual covers the Conrail SD70MACs, all of which were built at the Juniata Shops.
Collection of L.R. Myers
This operator's manual covers the first group of 10 Norfolk Southern SD70Ms, which were built at the Juniata Shops.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Six tool checks from the Altoona Car Shops.
Collection of L.R. Myers
This is an extremely rare plate. There were only 12 E5 class built which were later upgraded with superheaters and classed E5s.
Collection of unknown
This and the next plate are an interesting comparison. This is an original Baldwin plate which was modified with the addition of the 'A' when the engine was upgraded from I1s to I1sa.
Collection of unknown
This plate from a slightly newer I1sa is a PRR recast for when the engine was upgraded to I1sa.
Collection of unknown
You don't see a matching set of B1 plates every day!
Collection of L.R. Myers and another PA collector
Examples of two P5a plates here, one from Westinghouse and one from the Altoona Works.
Collection of L.R. Myers and another PA collector
This plate was located in the cab of an engine to show where the minimum safe water level is. It also seems to show the build date of the boiler.
Collection of a PA collector
In the beginning, the Altoona Machine Shops did not assign any construction numbers. (not until 1892) This is a 'new' plate made for a 2-8-0 which shows the old and new class designations. They didn't know the exact construction number so just made it all zeros. A very rare piece here.
Collection of a PA collector
Cast iron oval plate for a J1a.
Collection of a PA collector
A5s 0-4-0 builders plate.
Collection of a PA collector
Here's another very rare builders plate. This is a PRR-recast plate for a Baldwin BP60 class centipede locomotive.
Collection of a PA collector
A keystone number plate from PRR 6194 Q2 4-4-6-4.
Collection of a PA collector
I believe this keystone number plate belonged to an E6s 4-4-0.
Collection of a PA collector
This manual was produced for a group of 4-axle units rebuilt at the Juniata Shops back in 1992-94. Several CSX GP16s were rebuilt as GP9M.
Collection of L.R. Myers
PRR 791 L1s 2-8-2 blt 1/1918
PRR 8021 N2sa blt 6/1919 (recast plate, built as N2s)
PRR 1969 B6sb blt 12/1923
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 1414 F1a 2-6-0 blt 7/1899
PRR 6334 I1sa 2-10-0 blt 8/1919
PRR 6768 M1a 4-8-2 blt 9/1930
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 3721 I1s 2-10-0 blt 6/1919
PRR 6475 J1a 2-10-4 blt 3/1943
PRR 8175 H10s 2-8-0 blt 3/1912
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 6200 S2 6-8-6 blt 9/1944 (one of a kind)
PRR 5547 T1a 4-4-4-4 blt 8/1946 (one of a kind; recast, built as T1)
PRR 5338 K4s 4-6-2 blt 3/1918 (streamlined)
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 6172 J1 2-10-4 blt 10/1944
PRR 1243 B6sa 0-6-0 blt 5/1913
PRR 2347 B8 0-6-0 blt 10/1904
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 4700 M1 4-8-2 blt 10/1923
PRR 1844 G5s 4-6-0 blt 8/1923
PRR 1340 H8sb 2-8-0 blt 2/1913
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 1260 B8a 0-6-0 blt 4/1907
PRR 5215 E6s 4-4-2 blt 3/1914
PRR 790 I1sa 2-10-0 blt 12/1916
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 6716 M1b 4-8-2 blt 4/1930 (recast plate, built as M1a)
PRR 6992 M1 4-8-2 blt 10/1926
PRR 3893 A5s 0-4-0 blt 3/1924
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 1035 D16sb 4-4-0 blt 12/1905
PRR 6130 Q1 4-6-4-4 blt 5/1942 (one of a kind)
PRR 3110 H6sb 2-8-0 blt 6/1906 (recast plate)
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 5145 H9s 2-8-0 blt 7/1923
PRR 1035 D16sb 4-4-0 blt 12/1905
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
Two different styles of steam locomotove bell. At left we have a PRR bell and at right is an N&W bell.
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 6130 Q1 4-6-4-4 blt 5/1942
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
Three Altoona plates:
PRR 4789 P5a electric
PRR 5688 B1 electric
PRR 7853 O1a electric (very rare)
Westinghouse/Baldwin R1 PRR 4800 (one of a kind)
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
PRR 6179 Q2 4-4-6-4 blt 3/1945
Collection of Altoona Association of Model Railroaders
One-of-a-kind Altoona Works DD2 builder plate. Read more about the DD2 here.
Collection of a NJ collector
This page wouldn't be complete without displaying a PRR K4s builder plate.
Collection of a NJ collector
Known as a 'potato lock.' these ugly padlocks were used to secure customers' loads. The matching key would be mailed to the customer.
Collection of L.R. Myers
This set of stamps was allegedly used in the PRR Altoona Test Department.
Collection of L.R. Myers
PRR 3-chime passenger whistle. I believe this whistle may have been donated to the PRR T1 Trust.
Collection of Jason Johnson
Original Baldwin builder plate from a PRR DS4-4-1000 (PRR class BS10a). PRR had around 150 of these.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Original builder plate from a Juniata Shops E6s 4-4-2 Atlantic passenger engine.
Original re-cast builder plate from a Juniata Shops I1sa 2-10-0 Decapod engine.
Here we havea set of two tool checks and one parcel check from the East Altoona enginehouse. While tool checks from the other Altoona shops seem to be easy to find, East Altoona checks are harder to find.
Collection of L.R. Myers
PRR bellbottom lantern from c.1900.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Juniata Shops B6sb 0-6-0 builder plate from 9/1917.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Boiler tube gauge reportedly from the Juniata Shops but not marked PRR in any way.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Juniata Shops H10s builder plate construction number 1804. This engine was built as an H8a and rebuilt as an H10s and the plate was modified as you see.
PRR manual for the P5a and GG1 electrics. This is one of the thickest operator's manuals I've ever seen.
Collection of L.R. Myers
Keystone number plate from K4s No. 1522.
Extremely rare style of Juniata Shops builder plate from DD1 electric PRR 3976 built in 7/1910. These units were built as permanently coupled pairs; note the builder number of 2062-2.


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