Well today, I rigged up a test stand, so I could put power to the GG1, as I didn't have any standard gauge track. I hooked up a tiny, 60 watt, Lionel transformer to the beast and at the slightest movement of the throttle, her twelve drive wheels began to spin. There is a 3-position, toggle switch mounted on one of the power trucks, with which you can select forward, off and reverse. The headlights are directional and both still work. I was amazed at the smoothness and relative quietness of the motors and the geared trucks. True engineering excellence!
Many of you have been very helpful in sharing information about this Gold Standard Engineering GG1 and I thank you very much. I knew pretty much nothing about these models, but am learning more every day. I learned that Bill Hendrich serialized these models by stamping a serial number in the bottom edge of the body casting, right between the two power trucks. Knowing that his glorious machines were quite heavy, he made it easy for folks to see the serial numbers, by stamping them in REVERSE, so that one can simply put a small mirror below the number and read it. My model is No. 25, which puts it in the "later" period of the run. This is significant, as the builder continued to improve the models as he went along, with No. 20 being a significant turning point.
The first models were delivered with 20:1 gearing and the two motors were wired in series, so the loco required 20 to 30 volts to run. After serial No. 20, the motors were changed from the original Dayton motors to Redmond motors, which were then wired in parallel, so they only required 12 to 20 volts to operate. In addition, the gearing was changed to 10:1, which gave the model a bit more speed. Pulling power was NEVER an issue!
It would appear that the best information is that a total of 62 Gold Standard Engineering GG1's were produced, but only 40 or so were standard gauge, with the Tuscan Red model being more common than this Brunswick Green example. The remaining models were delivered with G Scale running gear.
So, only a very few operators of standard gauge trains will ever have one of these jewels on their layout. Only 40 or so out there and I have already heard of at least two fellows who own multiple examples.
Hope you are all doing well,