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  • David P. Dillard
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 25, 2008
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      The GG1 Homepage AND More

      The GG1 Homepage

      This site is for the virtual preservation of the standard electric
      locomotive of the world, the Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1

      GG1 Background

      What's so special about the GG1? Longevity. The first GG1 went into
      service in 1935 and the last was taken out of service in 1983. The GG1
      outlasted the railroad that built it and its successor road. This may be
      in part due to the fact that the GG1 was not handed a spot in the PRR
      inventory, it earned it. It was inspired by the nearby New Haven boxcab
      electric EP-3a that served that road so well. PRR was in the market for a
      new electric but the R-1 was offered in addition to the GG1. The R1 and
      GG1 inherited their general styling from the smaller modified P5a. The GG1
      recieved the special attention of industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who,
      with minor changes in the sheet metal and major changes with the livery,
      made the GG1 the visual classic it is. Despite the other omnipresent items
      designed by Loewy, he stated he was always especially fond of the job he
      did on the G. The R-1 had a smaller single frame 2-D-2 wheel arrangement,
      compared to the GG1's multiframed 2-C+C-2. The PRR put both locos through
      their paces and the GG1 came out on top with slightly better tracking

      Read more of the background at the URL above.

      Website Contents

      GG1 Specs

      GG1 Survivor List

      Full Roster

      GG1 Paint Schemes

      GG1 Reference Sources

      GG1 Related Internet Resources

      GG1 Technojargon

      Content Sample:

      GG1 Related Internet Resources

      Surviving GG1s, by Wes Barris.
      Pennsylvania Railroad GG1
      The Broad Way: A Pennsylvania Railroad Home Page, by Mark D. Bej.
      David W. Dupler's PA Rail Pics.
      Wes Barris' Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
      Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg, PA.
      Fine Art Models' GG1.



      Some Additional Sources About the GG1

      PRR GG1 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      The Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1 class of electric locomotives were built
      between 1934 to 1943 at the PRR shops in Altoona, Pennsylvania, with a
      total of 139 units constructed. They remained in service with the PRR's
      successors until the early 1980s. The GG1 became one of the most
      recognized and famous classes of locomotive worldwide.


      1 Technical information
      2 History
      2.1 A GG1 crash
      2.2 Disposition
      2.3 Surviving examples
      2.4 Last scrapped GG1s
      3 The GG1 in the movies
      4 References
      5 External links

      Technical information

      The GG1s were large locomotives, 79 ft 6 in (24.23 m) long and weighing
      477,000 lb (216,000 kg). The double-ended main body was a single unit
      formed as a bridge-truss framework and clad in welded steel plate. The
      cabs were set up high about a third of the way along the locomotive from
      each end for greater crew safety in the event of an accident. A narrower
      section of nose in front of the cab windows was lowered to improve the
      view forward, although the central part of the nose remained full height
      to carry the current-collection pantographs. The bodywork as a whole was
      smoothly rounded, with an appearance that suggested immense power and

      This was mounted upon two great cast steel locomotive frames linked by a
      hinge at the locomotive's middle which allowed side-to-side movement. Six
      driving wheels (three axles) were fitted towards the center of the
      locomotive on each truck (twelve in total) and a four-wheeled, unpowered
      guiding truck was mounted toward each end. In the Whyte notation for steam
      locomotives, each frame comprised a 4-6-0 locomotive; in the PRR's
      classification system, 4-6-0s were class "G".


      External links

      Wikimedia Commons has media related to: PRR GG1

      The Pennsylvania Railroad GG1: The "Congressionals" and "The Senator"

      NIHS Wreck of the Federal Express

      The Crash of Runaway Train #173

      "The GG1 homepage"

      GG1 Photos: Conrail Cyclopedia


      "Stan's Railpix ; Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 Photo Galleries."


      The Pennsylvania Railroad GG1
      Steam Locomotive.com

      Page Contents: [Surviving GG1s] [GG1 Numbering] [GG1 Deliveries]
      [GG1 Status] [GG1 Paint Schemes] [GG1 Specifications] [GG1 Glossary]
      [Will a GG1 ever run again?] [GG1 Pages on the Web] [GG1 Reference]

      GG-1 Electric Locomotive #4935

      Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 Page 1 of 2 Stan's Railpix

      Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1; Page 2 of 2 Stan's Railpix

      #83 Penn. RR GG1 Electric Locomotive #4800 (1943)
      Railroad Museum of Pennsylvannia
      Rte 741E., P.O. Box 125
      Strasburg, PA 17579
      ASME Landmarks

      GG1 Roster
      North East Rails
      PRR GG1 Roster
      Electric Locomotives

      The Legendary Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 Electric Locomotive
      American Rails.com

      GG1 Electric Locomotive - Tuscan by Lionel
      Price: $1,275
      Item #: 859849
      Availability: In Stock
      FAO Schwartz
      [Lionel Model for Electric Train Set]

      A shorter URL for the above link:


      Steve's Railroad Pages
      The Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1

      The remarkable GG1
      by Karl R Zimmermann
      Type: Book; English
      Publisher: New York : Quadrant Press, 1977.
      ISBN: 091527616X 9780915276165
      OCLC: 4669152


      A shorter URL for the above link:


      Article: Pennsylvania Railroad Electrification Strategy
      Author: Bezilla, M
      Journal: Business and economic history
      ISSN: 0894-6825
      Date: 1980
      Volume: 9 Page: 143

      Article: The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station
      Author: Condit, CW
      Journal: Technology and culture
      ISSN: 0040-165X
      Date: 1987
      Volume: 28 Issue: 4 Page: 885

      Article: Set Up Running: The Life of a Pennsylvania Railroad Engineman,
      Author: Gamst, FC
      Journal: Technology and culture
      ISSN: 0040-165X
      Date: 2002
      Volume: 43 Page: 441

      Article: Steam Railroad Electrification in America, 1920-1950: The
      Unrealized Potential
      Author: Bezilla, M
      Journal: The Public historian
      ISSN: 0272-3433
      Date: 1982
      Volume: 4 Issue: 1 Page: 29

      Article: Electric Traction on the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1895-1968
      Author: Carlson, RE
      Journal: The Journal of American history (Bloomington, Ind.)
      ISSN: 0021-8723
      Date: 1981
      Volume: 68 Issue: 1 Page: 169

      Railroads of Pennsylvania : fragments of the past in the Keystone
      by Lorett Treese
      Type: Book; English
      Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 2003.
      Edition: 1st ed | 2 Editions
      ISBN: 0811726223 9780811726221
      OCLC: 50228411

      Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited
      by Joe Welsh
      Type: Book; English
      Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Voyageur Press, 2006.
      ISBN: 9780760323021 076032302X
      OCLC: 65425926

      Article: Depression Modern: The Thirties Style in America
      Author: Condit, CW
      Journal: Technology and culture
      ISSN: 0040-165X
      Date: 1977
      Volume: 18 Issue: 3 Page: 567

      Landmarks in Mechanical Engineering
      By ASME International History & Heritage Co, American Society of
      Mechanical Engineers History and Heritage Committee
      Published by Purdue University Press, 1997
      Original from the University of Michigan
      Digitized Dec 5, 2007
      ISBN 1557530939, 9781557530936
      364 pages
      See Page 271

      Railway Age
      Published by Simmons-Boardman, 1939
      Item notes: v.106 1939 Jan-Mar
      See Page 540

      Pennsylvania Railroad: Color History
      By Mike Schafer, Brian Solomon
      Published by MBI Publishing Company, 1997
      ISBN 0760303797, 9780760303795
      128 pages
      See Page 27

      Historic Preservation
      By National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States, National
      Council for Historic Sites and Buildings
      Published by National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1978
      Item notes: v.30 1978

      The Streamline Era
      By Robert Carroll Reed
      Published by Golden West Books, 1975
      Original from the University of Michigan
      Digitized Dec 4, 2007
      ISBN 0870950533, 9780870950537
      298 pages
      See Page 85

      Raymond Loewy: Pioneer of American Industrial Design
      By Raymond Loewy, Angela Schnberger, Stephen Bayley, Internationales
      Design Zentrum Berlin
      Published by Prestel, 1990

      Raymond Loewy: Pioneer of American Industrial Design
      By Raymond Loewy, Angela Schnberger, Stephen Bayley, Internationales
      Design Zentrum Berlin
      Published by Prestel, 1990
      Original from the University of Michigan
      Digitized Dec 17, 2007
      ISBN 3791310666, 9783791310664
      262 pages
      See Page 79

      The Illustrated Directory of Trains of the World
      By Brian Hollingsworth
      Published by MBI Publishing Company, 2000
      ISBN 0760308918, 9780760308912
      480 pages
      See Pages 203-204

      When the Steam Railroads Electrified: By William D. Middleton
      By William D. Middleton
      Published by Kalmbach Books, 1974
      See Page 331

      The Pennsylvania Railroad, 1940s-1950s: The 1940s and 1950s
      By Don Ball
      Published by W. W. Norton & Company, 1986
      ISBN 0393023575, 9780393023572
      204 pages
      See Page 23

      The Life and Decline of the American Railroad
      By John F. Stover
      Published by Oxford University Press, 1970
      See Page 215

      Railroads of Pennsylvania: Fragments of the Past in the Keystone Landscape
      By Lorett Treese
      Published by Stackpole Books, 2003
      ISBN 0811726223, 9780811726221
      274 pages
      See Page 76


      Thanks to Dennis M. Linsky, frequent contributor to the Philly_Traction
      Philadelphia transit discussion group for sharing a link to the GG1 Full
      Roster on another discussion group.

      David Dillard
      Temple University
      (215) 204 - 4584
      General Internet & Print Resources
      Nina Dillard's Photographs on Net-Gold
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