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The GG1

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Built by the PRR starting in 1934 until 1943, a total of 139 of these elite locomotives were built for and by the Pennsylvania Railroad. They handled all main line passenger service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the electrified zones.

The Pennsylvania Railroad's GG-1's were geared for 110 mph in passenger service and somewhat lower for freight. They were used in freight service when traffic conditions permitted; they were numbered 4800-4938. The GG-1s' service life lasted well into the 1970s, with the last ones retired in 1980. When Amtrak took over passenger service in 1971, numbers 4899-4938 were included from Conrail, and many were renumbered to the 900 series in 1973.

This electric locomotive represents the finest of locomotives during the 1930s and 1940s. They have a graceful appearance with gold striping accenting their smooth, flowing lines. Capable of

bi-directional operation, their appearance was enhanced when several were painted Tuscan red for operation on the morning and evening Congressional Limited between New York and Washington. Others were used on the Broadway Limited between New York and Harrisburg, blending in with the Tuscan red colors of the passenger equipment to present a fine-looking train. used on electrified lines between New York, Washington, and Harrisburg. Under a body designed by Raymond Loewy, the GG-1 combined power and speed, pulling 22 passenger cars at 100+ mph.They were operated by Penn Central, Conrail, NJT and Amtrak
All were retired by 1983

The Amtrak GG1s are on two other pages

to view Amtrak GG1s in the 900 series click here

to view Amtrak GG1s in the 4900 series click here


SURVIVING AMTRAK GG-1s

Amtrak 4906
ex PRR 4903

 Dallas TX
Age of Steam Museum

4903 as it appeared in 1984 (numbered 4906 Amtrak)

 With PC GG1 4901 pulled the funeral train of Sen. Robert Kennedy from New York to Washington on June 8,1968.

It was acquired in a trade (for a NYC Mohawk) with National NYC Museum of Elkhart, Indiana, arriving April 29th, 1984

 Amtrak 4906
ex PRR 4903

 Dallas TX
Age of Steam Museum

 1999 photo

 Built in 1940 at a cost of $250,000, #4903 was When Amtrak took over passenger service, they renumbered it to #906, and later to #4906 before retiring it in 1983. . Newly completed restoration,

Amtrak 4932
ex PRR 4909

 Cooperstown Jct NY
Leatherstocking RY Museum
photo by Jim Hebner
Sept 23, 2001

 Amtrak Black

 Regularly led "The Senator" and the "Congressional Limited"
reported as being for sale


Amtrak 4934
ex PRR 4917

  Cooperstown Jct NY
Leatherstocking RY Museum
photo by Jim Hebner
Sept 23, 2001

 Amtrak Black

 One of 75 GG1s built with Westinghouse components, the other 64 GG1s used GE devices and motors.

reported as being for sale

 Amtrak 4916
ex PRR 4918

 St. Louis MO
Museum of Transportation,

 Amtrak Black

 Weighed 238 tons and cost about $250,000.00 when built in 1942 ($2,723,189.00 in 1998 dollars)

  Amtrak 4917
ex PRR 4919

 Roanoke VA
Virgina Museum of Transportation

A gift from Lillian B. Kelley, the mother of a former Museum President, enabled the Museum to acquire the locomotive in February, 1981

 DGLE
5 stripe

 The 4919 was originally numbered 4917 when built in the Juniata Shops of the Altoona Works, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It was a wartime "baby" delivered in June of 1942 along with five others. A general renumbering of these locomotives in June 1973 gave it No. 4934, and it later was renumbered 4919. It ran almost 5,500,000 miles before it was retired 2/1/81.

Amtrak
4939
ex PRR 4927

 Union IL
Illinois Railway Museum
in Barn 9 - you can see many of the old paint schemes if you look carefully
photo by Jim Hebner
August 15, 1999

Amtrak Black

  Became an anomaly when Amtrak numbered it 4939 in 1976. For 42 years there had not been a GG1 with a number higher than 4938.

Amtrak
4926
ex-PRR 4933

 Syracuse NY
New York State Fairgrounds
owned by Central NY Chapter NRHS
photos by Jim Hebner
in August 1986

DGLE
yellow stripe

 One of six Amtrak GG1s painted platinum mist with a red hood and a blue stripe. Was the last GG1 to go to the Army-Navy game in 1975.

 Syracuse NY
New York State Fairgrounds
owned by Central NY Chapter NRHS -
Sept 24, 2010
Amtrak
Silver
Nice repaint - historcally different then other GG1s repainted PRR.
Strasburg, PA
RR Museum of PA

photo by Bill Waller
 

 Repainted PRR
Brunswick green w/pin-stripes while
in service on Amtrak in 1977.

The repainting of "Blackjack"
was paid for by the
"Friends of the GG1".

 Strasburg, PA
RR Museum of PA

photo by Keith Harper

 DGLE
5 stripe


Probably the best restored and best displayed GG1.



OTHER SURVIVING GG-1s

 PRR 4800

 Strasburg PA
RR Museum of PA

 photo by Jim Hebner
October 13, 2000

 DGLE
5 stripe
The prototype GG1 with a riveted carbody-
was the Bi-Centennial GG1 Engine in 1976,
old "Rivets" wore Conrail "dress blue".
 PRR 4859

  Harrisburg, PA
Transportation Center

August 1994
photo by Bill Hakkarinen

 DGLE
5 stripe
 Pulled the first electric train into Harrisburg 1/15/1938 and latter was designated
official electric locomotive of PA
NJT 4873
 Whippany NJ
photo by Jeff Lubchansky
June 1991
 
 reported to have been
scrapped - too bad
NJT4873 
 photo by Jeff Lubchansky    South Amboy NJ
Built January 1939 - retired July 1983
NJT4876
 Baltimore MD

Photo by Jeff Lubchansky
May 31, 1998
NJT Black  Crashed in Union Station, Washington, DC
in 1953 and is now stored
by the B&O Museum in a nearby yard.
built January 1939 -
ex PRR /PC 4876
    Baltimore MD

Photo By Jim Hebner
Sept 2006
   The graffiti as been "regraffittied" in Photoshop. No reason to promote vandalism
NJT 4877
 Port Elizabeth NJ

Photo By Jeff Lubchansky
1985
 Tuscan Red
5 Stripe
 Repainted PRR tuscan red w/pin stripes in 1981 by NJT while in service. Retired 10/31/83
NJT 4877  from the collection of Jim Hebner    Now on display at the New Jersey Transit Passenger Station in Hoboken NJ
PRR 4879

 Hoboken NJ
URHS of NJ
stored at Ridgepark NJ

Photo By Jeff Lubchansky
November 30, 1997

 NJT Black  Last GG1 to pull a revenue passenger train in New Jersey on 10/28/83. Retired 10/31/83.
PENN
CENTRAL 4882
 Elkhart IN
National NYC Railroad Museum
photo by Dick Leonhardt
Sept 22, 2001
 Penn Central Black  Last operating GG1.
one of the few preserved Penn Central locos actually painted Penn Central
it looks GREAT in PC Black!
PENN
CENTRAL 4882
 Elkhart IN
National NYC Railroad Museum
photo by
Dick Leonhardt
Nov 1993
 Penn Central Black  Took the last gasp in October, 1983 when it pulled two other NJT GG1s (4877 and 4879) into the yard after "Farewell to GG1 Day" (10/29/83). Retired 10/31/83
 PRR 4890

 
Shown here at B&O Museum

Photo by Jeff Lubchansky
May 1993

Now Green Bay WI at the
National Railroad Museum

 DGLE
Yellow Stripe
 Was displayed at B & O Museum until 1995. One of about 35 GG1s that were modified with large air intakes in the hood, which spoiled the aesthetics of this Loewy masterpiece.
 
PRR 4913
Altoona, PA
Railroader's Memorial Museum
photo by Bill Waller
 Tuscan Red
5 stripe

 One of six GG1s repainted tuscan red in 1952 for use with the stainless steel cars used on "The Senator" and on the "Congressional Limited".

An interesting view out the cab window


A cracked driver in the
Wilmington Shops
unknown  unknown 


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This archive was first accessed August 1996