Cosmetic restoration of Amtrak GG-1 926 in Syracuse, NY

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Cosmetic restoration of Amtrak GG-1 926 in Syracuse, NY

Postby The Man » Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:54 am

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I don't know how many Amtrak locomotives and cars have been restored but you can add another to the list. GG-1 926 (former PRR 4933, AMTK 4926/926) in Syracuse, NY has been restored to the paint job it had when the Central New York Chapter NRHS purchased it from Amtrak. Red and silver with a blue stripe. Hope everyone likes it.

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Re: Amtrak GG-1 926 restored!

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:58 am

Nice repaint job(cosmetic restoration), but most definitely not restored.
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Re: Amtrak GG-1 926 restored!

Postby Kaback9 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:25 am

Looks good, but I must admit that paint job always looked silly.
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Re: Amtrak GG-1 926 restored!

Postby Lucius Ameri » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:30 am

A GG1 restored to Amtrak's "clown" paint scheme! Looks good, yet I wonder what Mr. Loewy said when he was informed of the "defacement" of his streamlined jewel...
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Re: Amtrak GG-1 926 restored!

Postby The tram man » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:22 am

"Over my dead body!" :wink:
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Re: Amtrak GG-1 926 restored!

Postby Mike Doughney » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:12 am

Looks good. I'd have put a thin wire on each pantograph to hold the top down to some realistic height. Having always seen them under wire, it looks strange to see the pantographs fully extended.
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Re: Amtrak GG-1 926 restored!

Postby TomNelligan » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:00 pm

I'm among those who never really liked the "bloody nose" GG1 color scheme. But a major reason that so many survive in museums these days is that Amtrak made them readily available for preservation when they were retired, so I guess the Amtrak GG1 era deserves to be recalled. Let's just not paint all of them that way, OK? :-)
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Re: Amtrak GG-1 926 restored!

Postby nittany4 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:41 pm

with the ladder in the picture, you can really see how massive these were
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Re: Amtrak GG-1 926 restored!

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:52 pm

Somehow, I would think that a GG-1 in Phase V livery would be "attractive".
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Re: Cosmetic restoration of Amtrak GG-1 926 in Syracuse, NY

Postby Otto Vondrak » Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:17 pm

I think we all owe Central New York Chapter NRHS a debt of gratitude for even attempting a restoration like this. Like it or hate it, it's a part of our railroading history, and certainly one of a kind!
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Re: Cosmetic restoration of Amtrak GG-1 926 in Syracuse, NY

Postby Tadman » Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:21 pm

I second Tom Nelligan's comments. Amtrak is an important part of GG1 history, as is PC and Conrail. All three could've chosen to sack the G's and run passenger trains behind geeps and steam gen units in boxcars or baggage cars, or some other hideous solution.

And as a child of the 1980's, I don't mind the Amtrak look. I like DGLE or Tuscan better, of course. But one should be preserved in platinum mist.
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Re: Cosmetic restoration of Amtrak GG-1 926 in Syracuse, NY

Postby railfan365 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:08 pm

The GG-1's are an old favorite of mine too. I remember looking out of my grandparents' windows in Co-op City and seeing black GG-1's hauling passenger trains along the NEC. I think that the paint jobs most suited to the model were basic black and classic tuscan.
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Re: Cosmetic restoration of Amtrak GG-1 926 in Syracuse, NY

Postby John_Perkowski » Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:11 pm

That someone kept another historic unit from becoming a rustbucket is a blessing.

In retrospect, just plain silver would have been a dashing look for Mr Loewy's design!
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Re: Cosmetic restoration of Amtrak GG-1 926 in Syracuse, NY

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:15 pm

Colonel, fish out your 1956 vintage TRAINS, and you will see that PRR had a GG-1 liveried in Silver or some variant thereof.
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Re: Cosmetic restoration of Amtrak GG-1 926 in Syracuse, NY

Postby Kaback9 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:25 pm

Gilbert B Norman wrote:Colonel, fish out your 1956 vintage TRAINS, and you will see that PRR had a GG-1 liveried in Silver or some variant thereof.


Yup. That did not look bad at all. But it only lasted a year or so but it did make way for the newer wide stripe replacing the pinstripes.
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