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In 1947, thirteen years after the PRR introduced the GG1, Lionel introduced the toy version which was every bit the aesthetic and mechanical beauty that the real engine was. Any time you see a Mid-Atlantic railroad track spanned by catenary masts--like the ones above near Harrisburg, PA--you're looking at a part of one of the 20th Century's great engineering feats: the electrification of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Northeast Corridor lines. After saving up $40, which took over a year, I was able to buy my first Lionel GG1, a 21-year-old, very used 2332, in 1969.
Thinking that the rivets were an aesthetic detraction, the Pennsy turned to industrial designer Raymond Loewy who is best remembered for designing the Coke bottle. The first time I ever saw real GG1s was around 1965 or '66 while my parents were walking me to a circus at the Washington Coliseum by the tracks leading into Union Station.
On You-Tube: Ride the cab of a GG1 from Claymont, Delaware to Washington, DC in the mid 1950s.
Film starts by the tank farms at Claymont and includes scenes of Wilmington, the Susquehanna River Bridge at Havre-de-Grace, Baltimore and pulling into Washington's Union Station.
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Will usually ship within 1 business day of receiving cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab. Lionel's 2332 model cost a hefty $37.50, but the postwar economic boom was on and the 2332 was a huge seller.
Ninety years ago, the railroads that connected East-Coast cities were busy and congested and the Pennsy saw the need to replace steam-powered trains with faster-starting, more efficient electric ones fed by overhead copper wires.
In 1989 an article I wrote about my quest for that engine was published in the July Train Collectors Quarterly and I consider that publication to be the beginning of my writing career. The model above it is a 1955 model, the 2340-25, equipped with two motors and magnetized axles which make it more powerful than the 2332.
You have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. When all was finished in 1934, the PRR's electric lines stretched from Queens, NY to Alexandria, VA, and to Enola, PA.
It had the power of 9200 horses, was 80-feet long, weighed 477,000 pounds and could go 100 mph. Unfortunately the gold cat's-whisker stripes and lettering on Lionel GG1s fades and is easily rubbed off in handling.


If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. Thanks to its electrfication, the Pennsy was able to handle the nearly overwhelming rail traffic of World War Two. Above is the first GG1 from 1934, No 4800, now preserved at the RR Museum of PA in Strasburg. The minority of GG1s that still have sharp stripes are worth triple what the run-of-the-mill specimens are. The first color used was a dark Brunswick Green, however the Gs that pulled the deluxe Congressional passenger train between NY and DCA were silver and then a more serviceable brown.
Such batteries powered the horn; owners didn't bother to unscrew the chassis and remove them after use and many a nice GG1 was destroyed by leaking acid. Several would roar by in the time it took to consume pork chops, mashed potatoes and apple sauce. A relative who hostled Gs around Baltimore promised a ride in one, but it never came off (and it would have been against the law if it had). A year after I shot the six engines at Ivy City, the Penn Central and several other Mid-Atlantic railroads merged to become Con-Rail. We thought that the Gs would keep running forever, but in the late 70s it was discovered that the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) coolant used in GG1 transformers cause cancer.
The trafos and other aging parts were just too expensive to replace and the last GG1 was taken out of service in 1983.
Today there are sixteen surviving examples of this great engine at various museums around the country.



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