GG1 Electrics - Page 2

To replace their aging fleet of P5a electrics in 1933, PRR commissioned the design of a more powerful, lighter axle load, streamlined body, 100mph electric locomotive.  The Westinghouse R-1 and GE GG-1 prototype electric locomotives were built and tested by the PRR in 1934. Famed designer Raymond Loewy, who would later design the iconic 1939 S-1 Passenger steam locomotive, was hired by the PRR to add an aesthetic carbody to the winning GG-1 design.  The result was the classic, welded body with five gold pinstripes and a Brunswick green paint scheme. 

PRR ordered an initial production run of 57 locomotives that were completed in 1934. PRR built an additional 81 locomotives at their Altoona works from 1937-1943.  In the years following, the GG-1 proved to be the most rugged, reliable, and versatile electric locomotive ever produced. 

Following a successful career on the PRR, Penn Central sold 30 GG-1’s, and leased another 10 units, all taken from series 4890-4938, to Amtrak in 1971.  Upon Conrail’s inception in 1976, CR inherited all other remaining GG-1’s, assigning them their ex-PRR series 4800-4937. 

Conrail ran the GG-1’s in both emergency commuter service, as during the SEPTA strike of April 1977, and in freight service from 1976-1979.  The last freight service run for the GG1's was on November 21, 1979 when 4859 and 4887 pulled Train ENWI-1 with 113 cars out of Enola, headed for Wilmington.

 

CR 4835 Wilmington, DE 2-15-1981

Conrail GG1 4835 is seen at Wilmington, DE as a Amtrak Toaster passes on the Northeast Corridor on 2/15/1981

CR 4835 Wilmington, DE 3-15-1981

Conrail 4835 is sitting at the head of a line of GG1s awaiting the scrapper's torch at Wilmington, DE on 3/15/1981

CR 4836 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

The Morrisville shops are still busy as the April sun goes down in April, 1977.

CR GG-1 4836 rests in a service line showing a partial black repainting.

CR 4840 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

With pans down, CR GG-1 4840 lays silent behind the Morrisville locomotive shops in June, 1979.

CR 4840 Philadelphia, 5-15-1977

CR GG-1's 4936, 4840, and 4849 on the high line in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.

CR 4841 Columbia, PA 4-22-1976

We have a death shot of CR 4841 waiting to be scrapped, Here's CR 4841 In a action shot pulling a southbound freight through Columbia PA

CR 4849 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

A pair of GG-1's led by 4849 pull a mixed freight through Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4849 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

CR GG-1 4849 leads sister-unit 4828 with a mixed freight through Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4849 Philadelphia, PA 5-15-1977

CR GG-1's 4936, 4840, and 4849 on the high line in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.

CR 4850 Columbia, PA 4-22-1976

CR 4850 pulls a eastbound freight off the columbia branch (from Lancaster dillerville yard) onto the enola branch in columbia PA (cola tower is right on the other side of the gg1)

CR 4850 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR GG-1's 4824 and 4850 rolling into the Enola engine facility in May, 1977.

CR 4850 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

The crew of GG1 4850 hang on as they manuever in the engine facility at Enola on May 7, 1977.

RS-3m 9977, still in PC colors, is in the background.

CR 4850 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR GG-1's 4824 and 4850 outside the Enola locomotive shops for servicing between assignments on May 7, 1977.

CR 4850 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4850 rests between assignments at Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 4850 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4850 follows lead unit 4835 as they roll through Morrisville in June, 1979.

CR 4850 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4850 follows lead unit 4835 as they roll through Morrisville in June, 1979.

CR 4852 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR GG-1 4852 waits between assignments alongside E-44's at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 4852 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR GG-1 4852 waits between assignments alongside E-44's at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 4853 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

CR GG-1 4853 runs third behind sister units 4889 and 4825 on the NE Corridor at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR 4854 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GG-1 4854 trails 4809 as they pull a fast freight through Morrisville, PA on a snowy day in March, 1978.

CR 4854 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

On a snow-covered March day, CR GG-1's 4809 and 4854 roll freight through Morrisville on the Northeast corridor.

CR 4856 Cly, PA 11-18-1978

GG-1's 4856 and 4801 power OIPI-7 through Cly, PA

CR 4858 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

CR GG-1 4858 pulls a string of nine 1929-1930 vintage Reading MU's through Morrisville on their way to 30th Street Station in April, 1977, during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

CR 4858 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

Reading MU unit 896 is at the tail end of a string of 9 vintage 1929-1930 MU’s pulled by CR GG-1 4858 at Morrisville, PA in April, 1977.  

They are on their way to 30th Street Station during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

CR 4859 Strasburg, PA 10-14-1982

Conrail GG1 4859 is seen at the Railroad Museum of PA at Strasburg on 10/14/1982, awaiting restoration into her original PRR colors for display at the Harrisburg Amtrak station.

CR 4860 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

CR GG-1 4860 leads 4824 on the "high line" at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia in April, 1977.

CR 4860 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

CR GG-1 4860 leads 4824 on the "high line" at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia in April, 1977.

CR 4861 Columbia, PA 4-22-1976

CR 4861 heading a northbound freight In Columbia Pa

CR 4861 Willow Grove, PA 6-11-1977

The engineer gives a wave as CR GG1 4861 leads 4802 eastbound on the Trenton Cutoff at Willow Grove, PA on June 11, 1977.

CR 4861 Willow Grove, PA 6-11-1977

The crews of the freights that ran on the Trenton cutoff were always gracious to very excited high school railfans! We were very thankful teenagers who got a chance to walk by the ex-PRR right of way everyday going to school! This day in June, my high school buddy and I got this view from the cab of 4861. On other days we got our turn to visit in the cab of both GG-1s and E-44s.

CR 4861 Willow Grove, PA 6-11-1977

While I took an overall view of the pair of GG1's beginning to roll eastbound, my buddy stayed trackside and received a wave from our host engineer. While waiting for clearance earlier, the engineer invited us up for a great view inside the cab of 4861. By the way, I wonder who drew the cartoon face on the grimy black nose? Photo by permission. Scanned from an 8x10 print.

CR 4864 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR GG-1 4864 waits for assignment at the Enola engine terminal in May, 1977.

CR 4864 Morrisville, PA 11-17-1979

This may have been the last freight run on Conrail for both GG1's 4864 and 4809.  The pair was rolling freight through Morrisville on the Northeast Corridor on November 17, 1979.  Less than a week later on November 21, the day before Thanksgiving, GG1 4859 and 4887 led ENWI-1 out of Enola headed for Wilmington.  This was the last freight run by GG1's on Conrail.  Information on the last run by GG1's provided in Dan Cupper's dedication of GG1 4859 for the Harrisburg NRHS on November 15, 1986.

CR 4865 Morrisville, PA 2-28-1979

CR GG-1 4865 leads a tripleheader of G's pulling a mixed freight through Morrisville yard in February, 1979.

The prototype GG-1, "Old Rivets," follows at the tail end of the trio.

CR 4865 Morrisville, PA 2-28-1979

CR GG-1 4865 leads a tripleheader of G's pulling a mixed freight through Morrisville yard in February, 1979.

CR 4867 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4867 is sandwiched between lead unit 4891 and 4889 as they head through Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 4867 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4867 is sandwiched between sister units 4891 and 4889 as they head through Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 4868 Columbia, PA 4-22-1976

CR 4868 GG1 on the front with CR 4801 pulling southbound freight on manor siding in columbia PA

CR 4869

Former PRR 4869 in storage at Edgemoor, DE on 12/9/79.

CR 4870 Harrisburg, PA 8-17-1977

CR GP-9 7110 tows CR GG-1's 4870 and 4808 and autoracks near Harrisburg in August, 1977. With permission.

CR 4872 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

Even CR's NJDOT GG-1's were brought over from South Amboy to help during the Septa strike on April 7, 1977.

With a mixed freight pulled by boxcab electrics on the highline above, and ex-PC SW9 9140 on the engine service tracks behind, GG-1 4872 pulls commuters into 30th Streeet Station in Philadelphia, PA.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought railfans a mix of CR power not normally in use for passenger service at Amtrak's 30th Street station.

The crews' AMC Javelin and Ford Pinto add a nice touch to the first year of Conrail's operations.

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

In a scene that could be 1968 if not for the black paint and white numbers, GG-1 4872 led Keystone-laden coaches into South Amboy station in March, 1978. As the catenary ends in South Amboy, an NJDOT ex-CNJ GP-40P and a PC E-7A will soon replace the GG-1 to carry the train onward.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

After uncoupling from her train of PRR coaches at South Amboy station, GG-1 4872 waits for tracks to clear before heading back to the engine terminal on March, 11, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983. 

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4872 rests with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4872 at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

GG-1 4872 appears to sit toy-like atop CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4257 (ex-PC, rebuilt 4/78 by GE) at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

 

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

With CR-operated GG-1 4872 on the far track, NJDOT E-8A 4257 (ex-PC) rests between runs at the South Amboy engine facility in July, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4872-4884 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

A CR contracted GG-1 (4872-4884) pulls an NJ Transit train through South Amboy, NJ in June, 1980.  The CR freight GG-1's are already retired, but the NJDOT contracted fleet remained in active service for another three years.

CR 4873 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1's 4873 and 4880 at the South Amboy engine terminal in November, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but NJDOT contracted CR to operate GG-1's 4872-4884 until the end of October, 1983.

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