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GG1: Photos
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4800 was the prototype GG1, built to test out the design before actual construction of the model began. As such, it came to be known in the railfan community as "Old Rivets." In the next several photos we see 4800 repainted in one of Conrail's Bicentennial schemes, celebrating our nation's 200th birthday. 4800 was one of seven Conrail locomotives painted for the occasion.
Location: Harrisburg, PA   7-4-76
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Harrisburg, PA   7-4-76
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. (75K)

Another shot of the unit from the same angle. This unit was repainted Conrail shortly after the creation of the railroad in 1976. Note the spelling of "CON RAIL" on the side panels. Originally, this was to be the official spelling of the railroad, as in ConRail. It was probably changed to plain Conrail when some in the marketing department realized that "con" was slang for convict--not exactly the image they wanted to portray to the public, especially in those financially trying times of 1976!
Location: Kearny, NJ   5-76
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   5-76
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. (74K)

A nice side shot of the unit. Someday I'd like to post a photo of the "other" side of this engine! 4800 was repainted shortly after the Bicentennial ended. It was the only GG1 to wear full Conrail colors. 4800 was built by a consortium between Baldwin and GE in August 1934.
Location: Unknown   5-76
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. - 5-76
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. (60K)

After the Bicentennial was over, Conrail repainted all their specially decorated locomotives into the standard blue scheme. 4800 had the honors of being the only GG1 to be fully painted blue. Here we see it still in service.
Location: Wilmington, DE   10-16-77
Photo Online: December 4, 1999
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Wilmington, DE   10-16-77
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. (65K)

When Conrail retired the GG1, they donated 4800 to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Here you see it still painted in its blue scheme. Eventually, the museum repainted the locomotive in its original Pennsylvania brunswick green colors and number. At last report, the locomotive was sitting outside in the elements at the museum.
Location: Strasburg, PA   7-6-80
Photo Online: December 4, 1999
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Strasburg, PA   7-6-80
CR 4800
Joe Testagrose Coll. (51K)

From the bright Bicentennial colors and blue scheme of 4800, we move to the rest of Conrail's GG1 fleet. Even though these units never saw blue, they were painted in a variety of stencil schemes. Various schemes from PRR and PC survived under the guise of CR stencils. 4801 suffered such a stenciling, with the entire midsection painted black with small stencils. These seems to have been Conrail's favorite method of eliminating the large PC logo in that area.
Location: Kearny, NJ   10-11-76
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
xPC 4801
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   10-11-76
xPC 4801
Joe Testagrose Coll. (63K)

Most of the GG1's were built by a variety of consortiums between PRR and General Electric or Westinghouse, with some help from Baldwin. 4802 was only one of seven GG1's built solely by GE (PRR/PC/CR 4801-488). It had been working non-stop since 1935 when this photo was taken, but only 2 more years of service were in its future.
Location: Kearny, NJ   8-6-77
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
xPC 4802
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   8-6-77
xPC 4802
Joe Testagrose Coll. (75K)

The GG1 quickly became synonymous with modern styling and the Pennsylvania Railroad, thanks to industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Originally envisioned strictly as a passenger locomotive, regearing proved them to be reliable freight locomotives as well. No one knows for sure how many more years these motors could have worked if Conrail hadn't turned off the juice and retired them in 1979.
Location: Camden, NJ   6-24-77
Photo Online: May 12, 1999
xPC 4806 GG1
Arnie Morscher - Camden, NJ   6-24-77
xPC 4806
Arnie Morscher (77K)

A number of Penn Central GG1's retained their Pennsylvania Railroad stripes straight into the Conrail merger. 4808 was typical of such units.
Location: Kearny, NJ   8-76
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
xPC 4808
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   8-76
xPC 4808
Joe Testagrose Coll. (50K)

This unit was typical of many of the former Penn Central GG1's that were restenciled into Conrail markings--painted out logo with PC numbers remaining. Not exactly a striking paint scheme.
Location: Kearney, NJ   11-24-77
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
xPC 4811
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearney, NJ   11-24-77
xPC 4811
Joe Testagrose Coll. (49K)

Conrail originally received 76 units from PC but transferred 10 over to Amtrak on June 1, 1976 (CR 4930-4939) in order to bolster their passenger service. 4815 was one of the units Conrail retained for freight service.
Location: Kearny, NJ   9-17-77
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
CR 4815
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   9-17-77
CR 4815
Joe Testagrose Coll. (76K)

Yet another stenciled unit, though this one had been in full Penn Central colors prior to the paint shop crews applying CR stencils to the unit.
Location: Kearny, NJ   10-10-77
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
xPC 4838
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   10-10-77
xPC 4838
Joe Testagrose Coll. (75K)

This surely is not how the PRR envisioned them looking when Loewy was designing them on his drawing boards. A far cry from the glory days of passenger service between Penn Station and Washington, when numerous dignitaries would ride in sleek passenger trains behind polished GG1's.
Location: Meadows, NJ   7-78
Photo Online: October 23, 1999
xPRR 4844
Bob Dobrowolski - Meadows, NJ   7-78
xPRR 4844
Bob Dobrowolski (55K)

This shot gives you a good look at the Multiple Unit hook ups and the extended pantograph.
Location: Kearny, NJ   2-12-77
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
xPC 4849
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   2-12-77
xPC 4849
Joe Testagrose Coll. (66K)

Two former PC GG1's are mated with an E44, awaiting a freight.
Location: Kearny, NJ   3-18-78
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
xPC 4852
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   3-18-78
xPC 4852
Joe Testagrose Coll. (57K)

4856 was captured shortly after the paint shop boys had repainted the center section black and had applied CR stencils. Notice how the paint shines! It was most likely done by the shop crews at Enola, where this photo was taken.
Location: Enola, PA   7-78
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
xPC 4856
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Enola, PA   7-78
xPC 4856
Joe Testagrose Coll. (64K)

A diesel locomotive dropped off this unit into a siding that wasn't equipped with wires.
Location: Kearny, NJ   2-6-77
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
xPC 4865
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   2-6-77
xPC 4865
Joe Testagrose Coll. (49K)

While still in college, Andrew shot 4885 south of Enola as he was hiking with a friend. Note the number's older Roman font.
Location: Enola, PA   1981
Photo Online: March 13, 2004
xPC 4885
Andrew Jones - Enola, PA   1981
xPC 4885
Andrew Jones (125K)

This unit, like several others, retains its old PRR-styling numbers but has CR stencils. A form of old meeting new, you might say.
Location: Wilmington, DE   5-14-77
Photo Online: October 29, 1999
xPC 4886
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Wilmington, DE   5-14-77
xPC 4886
Joe Testagrose Coll. (80K)

A gray day with black GG1's with CR stencils did not make for dramatic photography, but this is the way it was back in the late 70s.
Location: Kearny, NJ   2-5-78
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
xPC 4898
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   2-5-78
xPC 4898
Joe Testagrose Coll. (54K)

Interior of an unknown GG1 cab after the fleet was stored.
Location: Edgemoor, DE   5-80
Photo Online: May 30, 2004

Don Oltmann - Edgemoor, DE   5-80
Don Oltmann (61K)



Penn Central:

Wearing the PC logo with the old PRR stripe and numbers.
Location: Enola, PA (Day Tower)   6-76
Photo Online: February 6, 2000
PC 4850
Steve Geisler - Enola, PA (Day Tower)   6-76
PC 4850
Steve Geisler (86K)

PC 4860 coupled with a PRR units pulling passenger duty on the Corridor shortly before Conrail.
Location: Unknown   3-76
Photo Online: September 1, 1999
PC 4860 GG1
Joe Testagrose Coll. - 3-76
PC 4860
Joe Testegrose (97K)



Pennsylvania:

PRR 4872 in the large keystone scheme after the PC merger. It will eventually become painted for PC then handed over to Conrail several years later.
Location: Waverly, NY   5-4-69
Photo Online: September 1, 1999
PRR 4872 GG1
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Waverly, NY   5-4-69
PRR 4872
Joe Testagrose (94K)

Another GG1 in the large keystone scheme.
Location: Hunters Point, Queens, NY   5-26-69
Photo Online: September 1, 1999
PRR 4877 GG1
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Hunters Point, Queens, NY   5-26-69
PRR 4877
Joe Testagrose (86K)

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