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Date: 11/04/12 03:28
Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: gcm

On one of the excursions during the 1979 NRHS convention out of Washington DC we passed #4911.




Date: 11/04/12 03:40
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: msdgbar

Are there any surviving GG1s that are operational today?Just wondering.



Date: 11/04/12 07:08
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: john1082

msdgbar Wrote:
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> Are there any surviving GG1s that are operational
> today?Just wondering.

No.

Widespread cracking of the truck frames did them in.

John Gezelius
Tustin, CA



Date: 11/04/12 16:34
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: All_Axles_Powered

msdgbar Wrote:
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> Are there any surviving GG1s that are operational
> today?Just wondering.


Another factor that did them in was their inability to operate on 60 Hz catenary, which Amtrak had partially converted to on parts of the NEC.



Date: 11/04/12 18:53
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: cutboy2

Surviving yes. Operating no.



Date: 11/04/12 19:13
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: Tominde

Amtrak 911/4911....built as PRR 4911 in 1942. Sold for scrap in 1982.



Date: 11/05/12 02:43
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: ClubCar

cutboy2 Wrote:
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> Surviving yes. Operating no.

A GG-1 could be made operational although it would cost a small fortune and since it can only be operated with Amtrak on their electrified lines, no one so far has any desires to spend that kind of money. I did speak with an electrical engineer friend sometime back and he stated that a GG-1 could be made operational and have a diesel powered generator car towed behind it to supply the power to the unit; again a very expensive endeavor for sure.



Date: 11/05/12 04:09
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: BlackWidow

Wasn't there also an issue with PCBs in the transformers that also lead to their demise? If that is the case, would it be legal to operate one, even if a power source could be set up? If not, could they get a waiver of some kind for occasional trips?



Date: 11/05/12 07:36
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: march_hare

A waiver would be tough. But you could just replace the transformer with a new one that didn't use PCB dielectric fluid.



Date: 11/05/12 11:03
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: Tominde

Why go to all that work. Gut it, Make it a cab control car and put the AEM 7 on the opposite end. You would never know the G is not pulling.



Date: 11/05/12 11:59
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: MEKoch

Old Beltway Station (I-495)



Date: 11/08/12 05:51
Re: Passing a lone GG1 -- Sept 79
Author: Gonut1

The transformers were removed from all the GG-1s when they were decommissioned.
Gonut



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