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GG-1 Electric Locomotives

MTH Pennsy GG1

The Pennsylvania GG-1 is one of the most recognizable locomotives, at least here in the Northeast.  In use through the 1960's, it was a familiar sight on the nearby Pennsy Northeast Corridor (running between New York and Washington).  An electric locomotive powered by overhead catenary wire and designed by Raymond Lowey, it remains one of the most admired locomotives.  On the NY & LB (what is now the North Jersey Coast line), the steamers would pull into South Amboy and uncouple from the train.  A GG-1 would then couple up and take the train on the final leg of its journey into New York City, as steamers were prohibited in the tunnels under the city.  This full scale model by MTH is also an excellent runner, and can pull a very long string of passenger cars.  The prototype, shown in the photos below, is stored at the NJ Transit Hoboken yard, and is destined for the future NJ Transportation Museum.

Pennsy GG-1

Pennsy GG-1

I had the pleasure of seeing the original GG-1, #4800 -- old rivets, herself -- at the Railroad Museum of PA in Strasburg during July, 2000.  That's me next to it, for scale! 

GG-1, PRR 4800

Here are a few more photos of Old Rivets.

PRR GG-1 #4800

PRR GG-1 #4800

PRR GG-1 #4800

There's another GG-1 preserved at the museum, #4935.  A few photos are shown below.

PRR GG-1 #4935

PRR GG-1 #4935

Here's a close-up of the pantograph.

GG-1 pantograph



Last updated: 28 Nov 2014

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