2008

Electrics at Pennsylvania RR Museum

We'd intended to have a ride on the Strasburg RR, but hit a Thomas the Tank Engine event and huge crowds, so I visited the Pennsylvania RR Museum instead. Soon after I entered, there was a tour of all the electric locos in the museum. I was the only person on the tour, so I had a personal guide. These photos show some of the locos that I visited and had explained.

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Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, PA Class DD-1, an earlier loco, with one enormous body-mounted motor driving the wheels through driving and coupling rods.
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Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, PA Rectifier-type loco: motors were DC, controlled by using transformer taps to set the voltage which was then rectified to DC on-board.
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Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, PA The prototype of the Class GG-1 series. This loco was known as "Old Rivets", as the body panels - and patches - were rivetted together.
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Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, PA A side-issue: an early rail-bus.
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Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, PA View of the front of "Old Rivets", illustrating how it got its name.
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Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, PA The newest electric loco in the museum: designed for 120mph service with Amtrak, it had "trouble with tracking" (it didn't always follow the rails) so was down-graded to 100mph duty.
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Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, PA No. 4935, one of the production run of GG-1's. The body-work was smoothly welded when new. This loco was known as "Blackjack", as the digits of its number added together total 21.
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Strasburg RR: gasoline-powered railcar
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Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, Strasburg, PA Driving position of no. 4935
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Strasburg RR (across the road from Penn. Railroad Museum): running the loco around the service train that gives a 45-minute ride through Amish country.
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