The Alphabet Route

Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway

Prototype Painting Information

P&WV passenger locomotives (steam) were lettered with "P & W V" on the tender between 2 stripes. The locomotive number was on the cab below the window with "P&WV" above it. There was a single lined box around this information. The locomotive number was also below and on both sides of the headlight.

The early freight scheme was very similar to the passenger scheme, except the tender and cab had "P. & W.V." (with periods) and there was no striping on the tender or box on the cab. When the large articulated locomotives arrived in 1934, they were lettered with "Pittsburgh and West Virginia" spelled out on the tender (on 3 lines). The "P&WV" on the cab above the road number was also removed. This scheme only lasted a few years when the tenders went back to a "P & W V" name, with a herald added. In this time frame, the "P&WV" above the road number on the cab was also re-added to most locomotives. This scheme lasted through the end of the steam era.

The earliest diesel scheme (1943) was basic black and had the herald, a large road number, and "P. & W.V.". Only the Baldwin locomotives were painted with yellow striping on the ends. The other diesel locomotives had yellow and orange striping and a color herald. Samples can be found in the P&WV Hi-Line picture archive (see prototype link section for the HI-Line website).