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The Legendary GG1

The Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 was an icon of railroading. The traction motor got it’s power through pantographs which were raised to contact the 11,000 volt catenary which was strung above the track. There were 139 GG1 units built from 1934 to 1943. Styled by Westinghouse industrial designer Donald Roscoe Dohner and refined by famed designer Raymond Loewy, the GG1 was an attractive machine. The GG1 could generate up to 8,000 HP and was designed to pull passenger trains up to 100 MPH. Eminently reliable, the GG1 was popular with engineers, train crews and the riding public. She enjoyed a long service life with the Pennsylvania Railroad as well as with its Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak successors. The last GG1 retired from service by New Jersey Transit in 1983. Several units are preserved in museums around the country. So beloved and remarkable was the GG1 that the preserved prototype unit was designated an Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark in 1983.
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Very sad that none of the preserved engines is operatable. But would that be possible? Which powers system is today in use at the eastern corridor?

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One of most impressive electric locomotives built for the PA railroad. They were built in Chester PA,I think,when building machines like these had the employment in that town humming.
HoremWeb's avatar
XCLNT work, thank you, and especially thanks for the description.
markkarvon's avatar
Tuscan and DGLE beauty.  For the win.
Rockyrailroad578's avatar
Why is the RED one in front?
Like the angle of this, makes them look more sleek.
Jean-PossessedMan's avatar
Huge "Overall" works. I love this Loco 2.
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acela's avatar
I meant to add this to my favorites a long time ago... love this locomotive, I have a Lionel version of her running in my collection.

Great job!
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Thank you very much.
eyepilot13's avatar
I love those units! Wish I would've seen some in action! Great work!
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Thanks. I wish I would have seen them too.
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Can't decide which colors I like better. Maybe the red by a slight edge.
SpasiantasticalMan's avatar
Holy digital art! This is incredible!
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Placed at #32 on the 2012 TRFN top 50 deviations and deviants list [link]
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JesseMG's avatar
you good sir deserve a cookie
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Thanks. Yummy. :)
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