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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.
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!
Here are a few more photos of Old Rivets.
There's another GG-1 preserved at the museum, #4935. A few photos are shown below.
Here's a close-up of the pantograph.
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