From: Clyde Smith President of YourToyTrains
When the Pennsylvania Railroad electrified their East Coast rail operations in the 1930s, they sought a new electric locomotive powerhouse to handle all their East Coast rail traffic. The magnificent GG1 was the result of their efforts. I saw the GG1s in the twilight of their careers working the Northeast Corridor when I lived in Aberdeen, Maryland from 1966-69.
One memory is very special. Sadly the memory is from the time in 1968 Robert Kennedy was shot. I was only in junior high and already loved trains, but the day the Funeral Train was to come through Aberdeen we were shopping at the Sears Store on North Avenue in Baltimore. In the television section of the store I could see the train working its way up from Washington to Senator Kennedy's final resting place. The train was proceeding slowly due to the crowds, and remarkably the train had not reached Aberdeen by the time we got home. While my family had little interest in this historic event, I walked to the Pennsylvania Railroad main line to see the GG1s on one of their last, and very momentous,services to our Great Nation.