America’s most famous electric locomotive

Pennsylvania RR #4890 GG-1

The GG-1, America’s most famous electric locomotive, was first built in 1932. It has had its streamlined body featured on a U.S. postage stamp, as a Lioel toy train and in dozens of paintings over the years.

Designed to move passengers, and eventually freight, along the Pennsylvania’s electrified lines between Washington D.C., New York and Harrisburg, PA, the locomotive’s streamlining is what bought it fame.

The body was styled by industrial designer Raymond Lowey – the man who designed products and graphics for IBM, Coca-Cola, Shell Oil and hundreds of other brands. There were 139 GG-1 locomotives built. Only 16 remain, of which 4, including the museum’s, are preserved indoors.

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