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General Category => N Gauge Discussion => American N Scale => Topic started by: poliss on January 22, 2011, 04:18:59 PM

Title: My Pennsy GG-1s
Post by: poliss on January 22, 2011, 04:18:59 PM
The PRR GG1 is a class of electric locomotives that was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad for use in the northeastern United States. A total of 140 GG1s were constructed by its designer General Electric and the Pennsylvania's Altoona Works from 1934 to 1943.

I have two models of these unusual looking locos. One is the old Arnold Rapido model introduced in 1971 and the Kato model from 2008. The Arnold model, while a good runner has very lightweight plastic trucks/bogies that can derail if you're not careful. The detail is generally good, but is spoilt by a screw on the top of the body. It is fitted with Rapido couplers.

The Kato model has heavy all metal trucks and the detail is superb. It's also DCC ready and takes the Digitrax DN163K1D decoder which I fitted quite easily. It is fitted with operating knuckle couplers.

My Arnold version in the PRR Tuscan Red colour scheme.
(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t184/Poliss_album/Layout%20Stock/Arnold5105PennsylvaniaGG14877TuscanRed.jpg)

My Kato version in the PRR Brunswick Green 5 stripe colour scheme.
(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t184/Poliss_album/Layout%20Stock/KatoPennsylvaniaGreen5Stripe4935.jpg)
Title: Re: My Pennsy GG-1s
Post by: upnick on March 11, 2011, 01:13:58 AM
Beautiful locos Poliss   ;D    you might be able to change the  couplers on the  Arnold one with some Kato knuckles i have just used them  to replace Rapidos.
Title: Re: My Pennsy GG-1s
Post by: Jonathan Clapp on June 04, 2011, 11:45:46 PM
I have one of those Arnold GG-1's. It has quite a few brass wiper connections inside it, (including to the panto's !), but when all those are bright the engine runs nicely at all speeds. Its massively heavy and stable.  I always liked the brass-gear growl of Arnold engines !

this is a 'what if' paint scheme. The G's were retired in the mid 70s because their PCB laden transformers were ruled highly hazardous to the public and the environment.

(http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/ac147/Jonathan_Clapp/GG1paintediso12m.jpg)

but -  if they had somehow survived that and the eventual electrification of the Boston to New Haven segment of the NEC, some might have been handed over to the MBTA from the wreckage of PC.

reading back over this I see there a great many acronyms, sorry about that.
Title: Re: My Pennsy GG-1s
Post by: upnick on June 05, 2011, 12:50:09 AM
Hi  Jonathan, 

Like the idea of the what if paint  ;)   just posted my conversion to  DCC  here if your interested http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=1096.0