GG1 Electrics - Page 3

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 4873 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR GG-1 4873 at dusk at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4873 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

GG-1 4873 rests at dusk at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4873 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated GG-1 4873 rests at dusk at South Amboy, NJ in July, 1981.

CR 4874 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4874 hauling passengers on the Northeast Corridor at Morrisville, PA during the Septa strike in April, 1977.

CR 4875 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Conrail-operated NJT GG-1 4875 at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1981.

CR 4875 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4875 rests with both pans up with sister unit 4883, next to MU 1338 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 4876 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

NJDOT GG-1 4876 at the South Amboy engine terminal in November, 1978. After retirement from NJDOT in 1983, this GG-1 was donated to NRHS Washington, DC chapter.

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 4876 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

NJDOT GG-1 4876 and two other black G's wait for their next run out of South Amboy in March, 1982.

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 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

NJDOT 4876 pulls a string of coaches to South Amboy station in July, 1981.

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 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJT GG-1 4876 at South Amboy in July, 1981. The storied PRR GG-1 4876 that crashed through the floor of Union Station in January, 1953 was donated to NRHS Washington, DC chapter upon retirement from NJT in 1983.

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Thirteen years after the Pennsy was gone, GG-1 4876 was still pulling a Keystone-clad Tuscan Red PRR coach late in the day at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJT GG-1 4876 at South Amboy, NJ in July, 1981. The storied PRR GG-1 4876 that crashed through the floor of Union Station in January, 1953 was donated to NRHS Washington, DC chapter upon retirement from NJT in 1983.

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4876 rests with both pans up between sister units at the South Amboy engine terminal. After retirement from NJDOT in 1983, the GG-1 was donated to NRHS Washington, DC chapter.

This GG-1 was famously known to have piloted No. 173, the "Federal Express," from Boston to Washington, DC on January 14, 1953. While approaching Union Station, brake loss of 13 of it's 16 cars made the train a runaway, causing 4876 to smash through the track bumper, the iron track gate, demolish the stationmaster's office, run out onto the concouse floor, and fall through the concrete floor to the basement below, along with two of it's steel passenger cars.

After shipping to Altoona, 4876 was placed back in service just 10 months after the accident.  A tribute to the amazing skill and determination of the Altoona shop crews. 

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 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

With CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4876 on the far track, NJDOT E-8A 4272 (ex-ICG 4020) in fresh paint receives last minute details 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 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

The place where GG-1's and E-7A's meet: PC E-7A's 4233 and 4244 are back to back behind GG-1's 4880 and 4876 at 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 4877 Philadelphia, PA 8-14-1976

CR 4877 leads a pair of GG-1's pulling a mixed freight on the ex-PRR highline at 30th Street Station in August, 1976.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 4877 Philadelphia, PA 8-14-1976

CR 4877 leads a pair of GG-1's pulling a mixed freight on the ex-PRR highline at 30th Street Station in August, 1976. Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

NJDOT GG-1 4877 rests with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in November, 1978.

In mid-1981, 4877 was repainted in PRR Tuscan Red and pinstripes and would continue in service until the day when all GG-1's would be retired.

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

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 4-4-1983

Former PC/PRR GG-1 4877, repainted in Tuscan Red in 1981, rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in April, 1983. Just 6 months later, "Big Red" would be honored to pull the last run of the GG-1. Sadly, it was not to be as a breakdown forced sister GG-1 4879 to rescue the train. This beautiful GG-1 was preserved (in as-built Brunswick green) along with her sister unit 4879 as part of the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ collection in Boonton, NJ.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 4-4-1983

Former PC/PRR GG-1 4877, repainted in Tuscan Red in 1981, rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in April, 1983. Just 6 months later, "Big Red" would be honored to pull the last run of the GG-1. Sadly, it was not to be as a breakdown forced sister GG-1 4879 to rescue the train. This beautiful GG-1 was preserved (in as-built Brunswick green) along with her sister unit 4879 as part of the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ collection in Boonton, NJ.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

New Jersey Transit painted ex-PRR GG-1 4877 into PRR Tuscan Red and gold stripes in June, 1981.

Still showing fresh paint in July, 1981, PRR 4877 rests at South Amboy's engine terminal. She would continue in service for another two years before being one of the last GG-1's retired on October 31, 1983.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

The nose of GG-1 4877 shows fresh paint and Keystone in July, 1981 as she rests at South Amboy's engine terminal. "Big red" would continue in service for another two years before being one of the last GG-1's retired in October 31, 1983.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Resting in fresh Tuscan Red and gold stripes, GG-1 4877 waits for assignment at South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1981.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Resting in fresh Tuscan Red and gold stripes, GG-1 4877 waits for assignment at South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1981.

CR 4878 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-contracted GG-1 4878 leads a lineup of GG-1's ready for service at South Amboy, NJ in June, 1980.

CR 4879 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

At dusk, CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4879 waits for her next run out of South Amboy station in November, 1978.

CR 4879 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

At dusk in November, 1978, CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4879 waits for her next run out of South Amboy.

On October 31, 1983 this unit would hold the distinction of being the last operating GG-1 when she was called upon to rescue 4877 in it's last run on the NY&LB.

CR 4879 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-81

Conrail operated NJ commuter lines under contract from NJDOT until January 1, 1983 when NJ Transit assumed control. With former PC providing GG-1s, E-8A's, and a few E-7A's, great passenger consists like this scene were available in NJ for many years.

On a hot and bright July day in 1981, GG-1 4879 pulls through South Amboy with a string of coaches.

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 4879 South Amboy, NJ 8-17-1979

NJDOT-contracted GG1 4879 rests in the electric staging area at South Amboy, NJ on August 17, 1979.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG1's in 1979, but contracted GG1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4880 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4880 with pans up at South Amboy 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.

CR 4880 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

NJDOT-contracted GG-1 4880 at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4880 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4880 rests outside the South Amboy engine facility ready for another run North from South Amboy in July, 1978. This unit had a few more years of heavy service remaining in North Jersey.

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 4880 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

With GG-1's 4880, 4876, and 4872 lined up behind, CR-operated NJDOT E-8A's 4272 (ex-ICG 4020) and 4257 (ex-PC, rebuilt by GE in 4/78) pair up for assignment at South Amboy in July, 1978.

CR 4880 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4880 rests outside the South Amboy engine facility ready for another run North from South Amboy in July, 1978. This unit had a few more years of heavy service remaining in North Jersey.

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 4881 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

CR GG-1 4881 with a line of sister G's at South Amboy, NJ in March, 1982. The ageless electric enjoyed another year of operations under contract to NJ Transit until final retirement in July, 1983.

CR 4881 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR GG-1 4881 rolls effortlessly through South Amboy with a string of coaches in July, 1981.

CR 4881 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

NJDOT-contracted GG-1 4881 waits to pick up her coaches at South Amboy station in July, 1981.

CR 4881 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJT GG-1 4881 at South Amboy, NJ in July, 1981.

CR 4882 South Amboy, NJ 4-3-1983

With 6 months until retirement, GG-1 4882 waits for assignment at South Amboy, NJ in April, 1983. Along with 4877 and 4879, 4882 would remain as one of the last three operable GG1's available for the last revenue run on October 28, 1983, and for the Farewell to the GG1 celebration on October 29, 1983.

CR 4882 South Amboy, NJ 4-4-1983

With 6 months until retirement, GG-1 4882 waits for assignment at South Amboy, NJ in April, 1983. Along with 4877 and 4879, 4882 would remain as one of the last three operable GG1's available for the last revenue run on October 28, 1983, and for the Farewell to the GG1 celebration on October 29, 1983.

CR 4882 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

Conrail still operated NJ commuter lines under contract from NJDOT in 1978. Not until January 1, 1983 did NJ Transit assume Conrail passenger operations. With former PC providing GG-1s, E-8A's, and a few E-7A's, great passenger consists like this scene were available in NJ for many years. Here at South Amboy station on a hot and bright July day in 1978, GG-1 4882 pulls in with a string of coaches.

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 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated GG-1 4883 with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1977.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

Late on a July, 1977 day, CR-operated GG-1 4883 has both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated GG-1 4883 with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1977.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated GG-1 4883 with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1977.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

At South Amboy, NJ in July, 1981, we were able to climb into the cab of CR GG-1 4883. This 1939 era Altoona-built GG-1 was truly an engineering marvel, and the view of the controls and engineer's window was one of the grandest in all railroading.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Another engineer's view of the cab of CR GG-1 4883, at South Amboy, NJ in July, 1981. Altoona-built in 1939, former PRR 4883's cab gave us a view of one of the grandest engineering seat's in all of railroading.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NJT GG-1 4883 at South Amboy in July, 1981.

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