PRR/LIRR/PC/SEPTA MP54 Electric
In 1906, the Pennsylvania Railroad announced the construction of all new steel passenger cars to replace their wooden cars. These came at the right time. The Pennsy was building tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers to link New Jersey with the coming Penn Station in New York, and the wooden cars were not allowed in the tunnels due to the hazard of fire. The cars were 64 ft in length and had seating for 72 in a 54 ft space, thus the classification they received: P54. The Pennsy anticipated using these cars in electronically powered multiple-unit (MU) services, so they were designed to accommodate electrical equipement and motors. Those units would become the Motor Passenger cars: the MP54.
Between 1908 and 1930, the Long Island Railroad received 626 Motor cars. These cars were powered using a 650 V DC their rail system. A number of newer cars were delivered with round arch roofs. These were classified as “Ping Pong” cars, due to the extreme rough ride.
The Pennsy received 487 Motor cars and trailer cars between 1910 and 1937. The motor cars were powered using an 11,000 V 25Hz AC overhead catenary system. They were all equipped with electric heat, cab signals, automatic train control and had a top speed between 55-65 mph.
The Pennsy’s Mp54’s were designed more for efficiency and standardization than comfort for the passengers. Each motor car was powered by a single truck under the pantograph end which was equipped with a 200-horsepower AC motor. This type of motor resulted in poor acceleration which proved problematic with the frequent stops while used in local commuter service. The trucks design provided a rather rough ride. Noise from the primitive toothed gear drivetrain could become extremely loud at higher speeds, which often encouraged passengers to ride in the non-powered trailer cars.
The PRR utilized their MP54’s up until the merger with the New York Central, a number of them ran in Penn Central service, and few lucky motor cars found their way into SEPTA service. All were retired or sold off by 1981. The LIRR ran their MP54’s until 1971. A handful of PRR and LIRR Mp54’s were sold off or donated to various railroads and Historical Societies.
PRR/LIRR/PC/SEPTA MP54 Electric set includes:
(2) PRR Motors & Trailers (2) LIRR Motors, (1) LIRR Ping Pong Trailer, (1) PC Motor & Trailer and (1) SEPTA Motor & Trailer
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