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Altoona in Blair County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Scale Test Weight Car

 
 
Scale Test Weight Car Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. Scale Test Weight Car Marker
Inscription.
One of the more unusual pieces of railroad equipment is the "scale test weight car" such as displayed here. Railroads charged their customers based upon the weight of goods shipped. After a car was loaded, the railroad moved the car to a railroad yard where the car would be weighed on a large scale. In order to assure the accuracy of the scale, railroads constructed test weight cars. This car, constructed in the Pennsylvania Railroad Altoona Works in 1906, weighs 30,000 pounds (15 tons). The accuracy of scale test weight cars was assured by certification on a "master scale" several times a year. Car weight was adjusted by addition or removal of lead weights. Conrail maintains a fleet of several scale test weight cars, though the typical car is now 80,000 pounds. The Conrail system "master scale" is located in the Conrail Juniata complex.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 40° 30.794′ N, 78° 24.04′ W. Marker is in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in Blair County. Marker is on 9th Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is adjacent to the Railroaders Memorial Museum parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 9th Avenue, Altoona PA 16602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Scale Test Weight Car and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
2. Scale Test Weight Car and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pennsylvania Railroad Shops (within shouting distance of this marker); PRR Class D78F Dining Car No. 4468 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Posy Gang (about 400 feet away); PRR Class X29L Steel Boxcar No. 2136 (about 400 feet away); The Master Mechanic (about 400 feet away); PRR Class N5 Cabin Car (or Caboose) No. 477577 (about 400 feet away); The Altoona Works (about 500 feet away); Logan House (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Altoona.
 
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Scale Test Weight Car and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
3. Scale Test Weight Car and Marker
Railroaders Memorial Museum in background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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