commuter trains, light freight
1923 through 1925
PRR's Altoona Machine Shops
accelerated quickly, short length
On the Chartiers branch line, these were used for lighter freight and regular passenger trains, and were probably the most-often seen engines on the line in the era that I model. One reason was that their tenders had back-up headlights, which was important since there were limited opportunities to turn engines on the branch.
PRR #5741 is one of the models preserved, so designated by the PRR itself when it was retired from service in December 1955. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is kept at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania near Strasburg, PA., where I took this photo.
The side profile shown below shows the compact design of this engine.