ONE OF A KIND TIMES 3
By Bill Meyer
Don Shaw and Neil Young
The pictures of the 3 GG-1s are all custom painted (???) and
owned by Don Shaw of The Train Station of Mountain Lakes, N.J.;
and one of the top 10 Lionel dealers.
No prototype GG-1 has ever been made in any of these paint schemes.
Of the 139 GG-1s built for the once mighty PRR, there are only
13 that have been preserved around the U.S.
Two of these are #4800, the first one built, and #4935. This
is the one that Amtrak ran with after it was repainted back to
Brunswick Green with cat whiskers and both can be seen at the
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania at Strasburg, Pa.
Conrail retired its freight fleet in 1979. Amtrak retired these
motives in 1981 and NJ Transit ran the last in 1983.
Don Shaw received the cream/gold GG-1 from John King when he
purchased his collection. John had told Don that the #4935 was
painted by Lionel at the Hillside plant and given to him by an
John also had a custom NJ Transit and black and gold GG-1 to
advertise his then electric business. It is believed to have been
done by Eliot Welz.