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GG1 at Harrisburg Station

So it turns out there is a GG1 GG1 at Harrisburg PA Amtrak Station on display at the Harrisburg, PA Amtrak station. It is rather fortunate that I use this same station for going to and from work.

The GG1 is an odd looking loco, but something about it speaks ‘power’ to me. I am not sure that I would ever have one running around my layout, but there is something about railroad history that has me captivated. My current focus of research is the Southern Pacific, specifically the Arizona parts of the line. Even though the GG1 was really only over here on east coast lines, it is still awesome. Further, I get to see it daily!

Excerpt from the Wikipedia entry:

The PRR GG1 was a class of electric locomotives built for the Pennsylvania Railroad for use in the northeastern United States. 139 GG1s were constructed by General Electric and the Pennsylvania’s Altoona Works from 1934 to 1943.

Entering service on the Pennsylvania in 1935, the GG1 also operated on successor railroads Penn Central, Conrail and Amtrak. The last GG1 was retired by New Jersey Transit in 1983; most were scrapped, but several are in museums in the US.

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