GG1 Electrics - Page 4

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 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 a grand view.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated GG-1 4883 rests by 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 4884 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR GG-1 4884 leads a lineup of majestic GG-1's at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4885 Enola, PA 1-1-1979

A 1979 view of Enola Yard shows a lineup of GG1s, including 4845, 4885, and 4886.

CR 4885 Rutherford, PA 10-1-1981

Former PC/PRR 4885 stored among a line of other GG1's at Rutherford, PA in October 1981.

CR 4885 Rutherford, PA 11-1-1981

Its the end of the line for CR 4885 and multiple other GG1's, seen here stored in Rutherford, PA in November 1981 awaiting disposition.

CR 4886 at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, 8/78

Conrail GG-1 #4886 leads a westbound through the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa.

CR 4886 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR GG-1 4886 waits for assignment at the Enola engine terminal in May, 1977.

CR 4887 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

With an ex-PC Alco in the distance, a pair of CR GG-1's pause at Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4889 Harrisburg, PA 08-18-1978

This was just about as far west as the juice went on Conrail- note the "AC motor stop here" sign up above. The internal combustion power has cut off and this set of 3 GG1's, all "pans up", have tied on to this Edgemoor bound train in Harrisburg. Units 4889, 4811, and 4849 should be plenty of power to get this train of auto parts cars to it's destination.

CR 4889 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

CR GG-1 4889 leads 4825, 4853, and 4894 on a fast freight on the NE Corridor at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR 4889 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4889 is at the tail end of a trio of G's rolling through Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 4889 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4889 is at the tail end of a trio of G's as they pull through Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 4889 Willow Grove, PA 4-19-1977

PC 2239 GP-30 follows 2 CR GG-1s (4889 trails) on the Trenton cutoff, heading to Morrisville, PA.

CR 4889 Willow Grove, PA 4-19-1977

A pair of CR GG-1s (4889 is second) leads PC GP-30 2239 on a fast freight through Willow Grove, PA in April, 1977.

CR 4889 Willow Grove, PA 8/1976 (1)

Doubleheaded PC GG-1's were a common sight pulling through Willow Grove on the Trenton cutoff in the early months of Conrail. A borrowed Kodak instamatic captured PC 4889 roaring by with a TV in August, 1976.

CR 4889 Willow Grove, PA 8/1976 (2)

The still new Conrail ran doubleheaded GG-1's often on the Trenton cutoff. This fast TV train was powered by still-PC liveried GG-1 4889, and an unidentified G, as they roared through Willow Grove, PA toward Morrisville in August, 1976. Thanks to my friend's borrowed Kodak instamatic, I was able to capture one of the quickly disappearing GG-1's sporting PC paint.

CR 4891

Former PRR 4891 in storage at Edgemoor, DE on 12/9/79.

CR 4891 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4891 leads 4867 in a trio of G's through Morrisville in June, 1979.

CR 4891 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4891 leads 4867 and 4889 as they head through Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 4891 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GG-1 4891 leads 4867 and 4889 as they head through Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 4891 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

Leading a trio of GG-1's, CR 4891 rolls under the catenary at Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 4891 Rutherford, PA 11-14-1981

Conrail GG1 4891 is seen among a group of other Gs waiting to be scrapped at Rutherford Yard on 11/14/1981

CR 4891 Rutherford, PA 11-14-1981

Conrail GG1 4891 is seen awaiting the scrapper's torch at Rutherford Yard on 11/14/1981.

CR 4894 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

CR 4894 is the last in a quartet of GG1’s pulling away on the Northeast Corridor at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR 4894 Philadelphia, PA 8-14-1976

PC GG-1 4894 at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.

CR 4894 Philadelphia, PA 8-14-1976

In August, 1976, 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA was filled with Amtrak GG-1's and the expected G replacement, the E60. The new E60's didn't turn out as well as expected, as they were unable to be approved for the high speed passenger service the GG-1's provided with ease. PC GG-1 4894 waits for assignment between a few E60's.

CR 4894 Philadelphia, PA 8-14-1976

PC GG-1 4894 navigates the 30th Street Station yard past a line of Amtrak GG-1's in August, 1976. By March, 1977 4894 had the PC removed and the small "CR" added along with all other Conrail G's.

CR 4936 Philadelphia, 5-15-1977

CR GG-1 4936 on the high line near Arsenal tower in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.

CR 4937 Columbia, PA 4-22-1976

CR 4937 on front pulling northbound freight under the veterens memorial (rt 462) bridge in Columbia PA

CR 4937 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

CR GG-1 4937 backs 1929-1930 vintage RDG MU's 896, 877, 850, 845, 891, 855, 895, and 857 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR 6427 Kent, OH 04-25-79

After taking a tour of the west end of the system, these dozen GG1's destined for the scrapper have arrived in Kent, Ohio for a crew change. They had left Wilmington without spacer cars, but someone in Crestline decided all that "dead weight" needed extra braking, so hoppers were added between each unit (never mind they had gone from Wilmington to Chicago and back to Crestline without them.....). After all was set in Crestline the train went east via Orrville and up to the former Erie Lackawanna in Akron, then east from there to the scrapper in Hubbard- more railroad than those old electrics had planned to see! The leader of this motley pack of junk survives today as CSX 8826. For additional info see : http://thecrhs.org/?q=conrailfacts/Conrail-misrouted-a-GG1-funeral-train-all-the-way-to-Chicago

Morris Tower Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

Amtrak silver and red GG-1 roars by former PRR Morris Tower on track 1 at Morrisville in April, 1977.

NIMX 4822 Harrisburg, PA 5-4-1982

Former CR/PC/PRR 4822 and 4885 are seen at Reily St., Harrisburg, PA, on 5/4/1982 being shipped to Naporano Iron & Metal in Newark, NJ for scrapping. The writing next to the right of the road number reads "Driver Brake Only"

NIMX 4864 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

A sad day for the fans of the engineering and styling excellence that was the GG-1 locomotive.

Behind ex-PC SW7 8897 pulls Naparano Iron and Metal-branded GG-1's 4864 and 4887 to scrap at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.

NIMX 4864 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

Ex-PC SW7 8897 pulls Naparano Iron and Metal-branded GG-1's 4864 and 4887 to scrap at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.

NIMX 4864 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

A sad day for the fans of the engineering and styling excellence that was the GG-1 locomotive.

Ex-PC SW7 8897 pulls Naparano Iron and Metal-branded GG-1's 4864 and 4887 to scrap at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.

NIMX 4885 Harrisburg, PA 5-4-1982

Former CR/PC/PRR 4885 and 4822 are seen at Reily St., Harrisburg, PA on 5/4/1982 being shipped to Naporano Iron & Metal in Newark, NJ for scrapping.

NIMX 4887 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

A sad day for the fans of the engineering and styling excellence that was the GG-1 locomotive.

Ex-PC SW7 8897 pulls Naparano Iron and Metal-branded GG-1's 4864 and 4887 to scrap at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.

NIMX 4887 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

A sad day for the fans of the engineering and styling excellence that was the GG-1 locomotive.

Ex-PC SW7 8897 pulls Naparano Iron and Metal-branded GG-1's 4864 and 4887 to scrap at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.

NIMX 4887 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

February 15, 1982 was a sad day for the fans of the engineering and styling excellence that was the GG-1 locomotive. Ex-PC SW7 8897 pulls Naparano Iron and Metal-branded GG-1's 4864 and 4887 to scrap at Newark, NJ.

PC GG1 4894 Philadelphia, PA 11-20-1976

Still in PC paint, GG-1 4894 moves light while SW-1 8501 shuffles coaches at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.

PRR 4935 Enola, PA 6-18-1977

PRR GG-1 4935, restoration completed in May by Amtrak's Wilmington shops to her original Brunswick green and pinstripes, rests at Harrisburg in June, 1977.

PRR 4935 Harrisburg, PA 6-18-1977

As seen at the former PRR engine terminal at Harrisburg, identifying PRR GG-1 4985 as foreign power on Conrail seems very wrong. However, GG-1 4935 was Amtrak, and not Conrail, owned.

Her restoration began January, 1977 and was completed in May, 1977 by the crews of the Wilmington shops. Returned to her original PRR livery with support from the "Friends of the GG-1," 4935 carried out her inaugural run back in Brunswick green and pinstripes on May 15, 1977.

Since that time, 4935 was used in regular service, and was resting this day in June with some splattered road dirt on her nose.

PRR 4935 Philadelphia, 5-15-1977

Five months after Amtrak President Paul Reistrup gave his approval, ex-PRR GG-1 4935 was restored to it's original Brunswick green and pinstripes. Amtrak's Wilmington shops completed the restoration as planned and sponsored by the "Friends of the GG-1," with GG-1 designer Raymond Loewy serving as Honorary Chairman.

On Sunday, May 15, 1977, following a dedication ceremony at Union Station, Altoona-built PRR 4935 made it's inaugural run to New York.

Here, PRR 4935's gleaming Brunswick green paint gives the scene a model-like appearance as she blasts by Arsenal Tower in Philadelphia.

PRR 4935 Philadelphia, 5-15-1977

PRR GG-1 4935 passes by Arsenal Tower in Philadelphia during it's inaugural run from Union Station to New York.

PRR 4935 Philadelphia, 5-15-1977

PRR GG-1 4935 passes by Arsenal Tower in Philadelphia during it's inaugural run from Union Station to New York.

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