GG1 Memorabilia Pops Up
As the Pennsylvania Railroad embarked on its ambitious electrification project in the 1930s, it continued to develop and test new locomotive designs. The goal was to produce a new electric locomotive capable of pulling heavy passenger trains at speeds of up to 100 mph. The Pennsylvania Railroad chose the GG1 as the foundation of its new roster of electrics.
By the 1970s, the fleet of remaining GG1s were turning 40 and showing their age, wearing drab black paint schemes. During this time, organizations such as the Friends of the GG1 formed to restore some of the locomotives to their original, more colorful schemes.
The Museum’s pop-up display for July, assembled by intern Mitchell Rebuck, focuses on restoration efforts surrounding three of the ever-popular GG1 locomotives, owned now or owned previously by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. It features various memorabilia from the restorations of GG1 No. 4935 in 1977, GG1 No. 4800 in 1982 and GG1 No. 4859 in 1986.
You can see this month’s pop-up display in Rolling Stock Hall. GG1 locomotive No. 4935, also known as Blackjack, is on exhibit in the Museum’s Rolling Stock Hall on Track 3 East. No. 4800, aka Old Rivets, is on display in the Museum’s outdoor yard. No. 4859, owned by the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, may be found at the Amtrak station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.