The Pennsylvania Railroad

The GG1 Electric Locomotive

What can I say about the GG1 that hasn't already been said, by people far more knowledgeable than me.

GG1 with gold stripesGG1 with gold stripes
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Paint Scheme Brunswick Green, 5 Gold stripes     Brunswick Green, 5 Gold stripes
Lettering Futura "Clarendon"
Date Built 1935 1940
Road Number 4812 4898
Notes There are few locomotives as recognizable as the PRR GG1. This is the first standard scheme applied to these passenger electrics. Though it looks like a solid wide stripe, it's the most accurate representation of the five-stripe scheme I could achieve, at this scale. Early in their careers, the striping and other markings were applied with gold leaf. Originally lettered with the sans-serif "Futura" font, the roadname an numbers changed to the serif "Clarendon" style, when it was adopted in 1941.
GG1 with tuscan red paint
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Paint Scheme Tuscan Red, 5 "Dulux Gold" stripes
Date Built 1942
Road Number 4913
Notes In 1952 and '53 PRR painted 10 GG1s Tuscan Red, to better match the cars of The Congressional and Senator, which had Markings painted over Tuscan backgrounds. These motors also marked the change from gold leaf markings to a shade known as "Dulux Gold" (Dulux was a brand name for DuPont paints). The change made the markings more visible, and eliminated the extra maintenance required by the metallic paint.
GG1 with 'dulux'
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Paint Scheme Brunswick Green, 5 "Dulux Gold" stripes
Date Built 1935
Road Number 4818
Notes Not only the red GG1s got the Dulux Gold markings. After 1952, any GG1 that needed painting got the new color.
GG1 'big keystone'
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Paint Scheme Brunswick Green, 1 "Dulux Gold" stripe, "Big Keystone"
Date Built 1942
Road Number 4903
Notes In 1955, PRR introduced a whole new scheme, consisting of enlarged lettering, a single wide stripe, and a much bigger keystone herald. This scheme lasted until the Penn Central merger.

The Trailblazer, 1938

PRR inaugurated The Trailblazer in 1938, to compete with NYC's Pacemaker. Like its rival, it ran as an all-coach train from New York to Chicago. Photos often show the PRR's streamlined K4s #3768 pulling the Trailblazer, during its early days.

PB70dr_RPB70dr_L
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Class PB70dr
Function Baggage and short-range coach
Number Built 2
Notes PB70dr
P70gsr_LP70gsr_r
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Class P70gsr
Function long distance coach
Number Built 20
Notes P70gsr
D70cr&dr
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D70dr&cr
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Class D70dr and D70cr
Function D70cr: 64-seat Dining Room
D70dr: Kitchen Dormatory
Number Built 2
Notes PB70dr
POC70r_RPOC70r_L
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Class POC70r
Function Parlor-Observation
Number Built 2
Notes PB70dr

1943

The Trailblazer proved so popular that PRR soon expanded the train, with more modernized P70 coaches. These cars even got enlarged "Thermopane" windows, like those on the lightweight cars.

By this time, PRR regularly assigned the enormous S-1 locomotive to haul the Trailblazer between Chicago and Crestline Ohio.

PB70er_RPB70er_L
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Class PB70er
Function Baggage and short-range coach
Number Built 2
Notes PB70er
P70kr_LP70kr_r
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Class P70kr
Function long distance coach
Number Built 20
Notes P70kr

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