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most popular GG1 roadname

ogaugeguy ·
With the GG1 being an endearing favorite for train enthusiasts, here's an informal survey. Among you OGR forumites who own GG1 locomotives, irregardless of their scale or manufacturer, being part of a set or just the engined, what...
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Most popular 3-rail track

geepboy ·
I belong to an HO club. We have built a nice modular layout that we take to train shows in the upper mid-west. Almost every show we're at someone will come by and ask, "Where are the O gauge layouts?" I doubt they're asking about 2-rail scale. To that end, I'm thinking of building a small portable (modular?) O Gauge 3-rail layout to take to shows. But I want to use a style of track that Billy and his Dad can go to their LHS and easily purchase. Around here (SE Mich.) that's almost always...
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NSBill ·
The PWC reissue of the Majestic set with the 2360 PRR tuscan single strip. MTH's DAP Congressional set with 5 stripe tuscan PRR GG-1. Bill
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PC9850 ·
Penn Central all the way
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LIRR Steamer ·
OK here goes Green 5 stripe--6 Red 5 stripe-----3 Green single stripe-2 Silver red stripe----1 Interestingly I am not sure a NJ Transit unit was manufactured on O gauge. In the prototype, most GG1s wore the Green 5 stripes for the longest period 20 years or more. The Green single stripe lasted from 1955 through 1970 or so into the PC era, about 15 years. Amtrak colors from 1971 through early 1980's about 10 years or so.The red units were about 10 or so and the silver PRR only 3. Color...
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rrbill ·
Interesting post, LIRR-, I have wondered if any GG1's survived, and if any survivors were operational. Where are they stored, and are any of them museum-bound? Bill
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WftTrains ·
Bill: Here’s a site with GG-1 info including a list of surviving units: http://www.spikesys.com/GG1/ HTH, Another Bill
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Marty Fitzhenry ·
How about the Morlitz Central lines?? Our friend Gerry Morlitz had the pink one done for his Grandaughter.
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LIRR Steamer ·
I was incorrect about the number of survivors. There are however a total of 16 units surviving . Here is a link for further info. http://www.steamlocomotive.com/GG1/
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Wowak ·
In order of favorite to least favorite: Tuscan 5 stripe. Green 5 stripe. Anything PRR. Anything else. Penn Central.
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Lafondue ·
Favorite PRR Green 5 stripes (own) PRR Tuscan 5 stripes (wish list) least favorite : the Conrail blue
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Joe Hohmann ·
My "O" GG1s as well as a "N" version are green 5-stripes. I rode behind many a dull, dirty Penn Central GG1, and why anyone would want to own a model of that one is beyond me.
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Michael Hokkanen ·
I only have one - Penn Central!
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MrMuffin'sTrains ·
I like te feather schemes the best.....
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Lenny J ·
Here's my custom painted Williams GG1. It could have been used by the LIRR at the Sunnyside yards back in the day
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Andrew Lawrence ·
my Penn Central Lionel is my favorite, bought it sealed in the box, its pilot trucks like to come off the track so it doesnt get ran much, same problem with my williams silver 4866.. i picked up a Kline GG1, runs smooth, doesnt derail. no sounds though. I’ve always had a fascination for PC, growing up my grandmother would take me to watch the trains on the platform at Lancaster train station, back before they made you buy a ticket before going down, there were these two grey ex NYC penn...
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OKHIKER ·
In order of Preference: 1. Two PRR Brunswick Green with Cat's Whiskers ( 5 stripe). 2. One PRR Silver with Red Stripe. 3. One Amtrak version with the traditional Amtrak livery of silver, red and blue stripe.
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Rusty Traque ·
Originally Posted by rrbill: Interesting post, LIRR-, I have wondered if any GG1's survived, and if any survivors were operational. Where are they stored, and are any of them museum-bound? Bill NO preserved GG1 is operational. The transformers were removed and the carbodies had to be flushed to remove any trace of PCB's ( polychlorinated biphenyl , not printed circuit boards...) By the way, my favorite is Brunswick green single stripe. Rusty
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tcox009 ·
PW Lionel 2330 and 2332 both 5 stripe
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Andrew Lawrence ·
i thought i had read somewhere that one of the G's sit had its transformer's... if there was a possiblitly of one running again it would be that one... it would still never happen, though would cost way too much money... but you never know... people dump millions into restoring old planes, look at that P-61 out at reading, its over 80% new parts.
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Dave Allen ·
I have 7 WBB Scale GG1's. 2 x Penn C for my Kennedy funeral train 1x Bicentennial 1x Blue Conrail 1x PRR Green Abreviated 1x Tuscan PRR 5 stripe 1x PRR Silver I love GG1's, I even have a GG1 fridge magnet.
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chefnme ·
I like the PRR Tuscan 1 stripe.
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PC9850 ·
Originally Posted by Joe Hohmann: I rode behind many a dull, dirty Penn Central GG1, and why anyone would want to own a model of that one is beyond me. There are plenty of good reasons the Penn Central still has a following. Many of us have fond memories of the railroad. Some of us had relatives that worked there. Many others enjoy and appreciate the wide and colorful array of motive power and equipment that was inherited by the merger. And some simply take a liking to the utilitarian engine...
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Wowak ·
Originally Posted by Andrew Lawrence: class="quotedText do_rounded_div_css_ffsafari_tl do_rounded_div_css_ffsafari_tr do_rounded_div_css_ffsafari_bl do_rounded_div_css_ffsafari_br"> i thought i had read somewhere that one of the G's sit had its transformer's... if there was a possiblitly of one running again it would be that one... it would still never happen, though would cost way too much money... but you never know... people dump millions into restoring old planes, look at that P-61...
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lionelbob ·
I have: Lionel 2332 5 stripe green (Pennsylvania) Lionel 18303 silver and red nose (Amtrak) A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money a bunch of GG-1's W. C. Fields For those who don't get it, here's a picture of W.C. Fields' nose.
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DL&W Pete ·
only one, WBB scale PRR silver with red strip.
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Mark V. Spadaro ·
Here's a classic sized GG1 painted in NP Two tone Green by Jeff Sohn. I've also seen a Santa Fe Warbonnett GG1. Very cool.
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yardlet6 ·
Pennsy,Pennsy,Pennsy.
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Dominic Mazoch ·
PRR, I stripe, TUSCAN!
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Forest ·
They uncouple almost every time at our model rr club.
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SES ·
Don't know about couplers, but slide shoes for operating cars like cattle, dump, and barrel cars are ok on my Ross switches.
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Ross ·
In SE Michigan, you might use Menards! I used on my home layout and am very happy with it.
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Mill City ·
Considering range of product line and universal availability, and ease of use, Fastrack may be a better choice for Billy and dad over tubular. It's nearly bomb proof and is well suited for carpet centrals.
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tncentrr ·
I have been in the three rail hobby seriously since 1966 and I prefer tubular track. I do have some Fastrack that I use to build a Christmas layout with. It has two pairs of switches and it works pretty well. Some people think Fastrack is noisier, but I have not noticed that. The tubular track is easier to work with, in my view. I can route wires under it easier and, if I have voltage drop problems, but I can easily overcome that with extra lockons and feeders. Also, insulated outside rail...
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Landsteiner ·
The main advantages of Fastrack are the ability to easily assemble and disassemble layouts and the built-in roadbed. Much better for temporary layouts and carpeting, as mentioned. A bit less likely to develop continuity problems in some people's hands. It's also better looking to some. One of the main advantages to me is you are much less likely to slice open a finger assembling and disassembling Fastrack than tubular track. I use work gloves when I work with tubular for this reason.
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Lionelski ·
As a result of the length of time tubular and Gargraves track have been around, I would assume that they are the most popular (most widely used) track systems. Fastrack is quickly coming up, most likely because it is all that is being offered by Lionel in starter sets, as well as their discontinuance of tubular. Hobby newbies that begin with Lionel starter sets would probably continue with Fastrack because that is what they already have. Noise, cutting to length and using with many vintage...
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Scotie ·
Personally I prefer tubular over Fastrack. But for your display/getting interest idea how about a loop of each. Something to explain and talk about. If some of your viewers have dad's old trains in the attic its probably tubular.
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geysergazer ·
Regarding most popular I'd have to say Fastrack because that is what any new hobbyist is going to see in any Lionel starter set. Having said that I would use Gargraves/Ross for any public display layout because when properly painted and ballasted it has the best appearance; looking most like real railroad track. Yes, the rail is oversized, the ties are oversized and spaced wrong and there is always that third rail but the mind, (especially an uninitiated mind not knowledgeable on track...
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dkdkrd ·
Speaking on behalf of a S.E. Michigan LHS... I'd strongly recommend Lionel's FasTrack. It's very available, here for the long haul, ...it's the 'newbular' standard...reflecting all the advantages mentioned in the previous comments. It's true that tubular track has been the standard-bearer for decades. But I'd be concerned that a newbie would find old tubular especially attractive at flea market, train show....trash pile...pricing. Since much of secondary market tubular has issues of...
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TrainPop ·
I think that it's great that you want to set up a small O gauge layout. But, as you are finding out, the responses you get are colored by personal preference. I would like to suggest that, if it's feasible, you set up a small display board with a sample of all the different types and styles of track (i.e., Lionel Fastrack, MTH's Realtrax, and the different brands of tubular track). Perhaps you could get some information from your LHS about the different brands and types post it on the sample...
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romiller49 ·
As Ski mentioned above Fastrack would be my choice. If your display leads someone to to the hobby then most likely the starter set would be Lionel and fastrack. Everybody stocks it.
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geysergazer ·
I really like this idea. It would be some extra work but well worth the effort to showcase what newbies might not otherwise see for some time.
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Lionelski ·
I would not recommend buying used tubular for the reasons stated. New tubular is readily available in the market, Menards sell O gauge tubular with many radius sizes at more than fair prices. You can also still find new Lionel track (K-line too) in the marketplace, pleantiful
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Mike CT ·
I have worked with both Atlas, and Ross switch/Gargraves. Each required different tools and mind set to do custom work. Often depends on what you want to do. For both, I use a relatively inexpensive (Midwest) cork road bed to raise the track off the table. Slideshow of Atlas track layout. Click on the underlined phrase to access. My friend Tom's Ross/Gargraves layout. Click on the underlined phrase. This layout was done with all used components. Some of the switches are Gargraves.
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Forest ·
How big is the layout going to be? Is it going to be a perfect oval or have extra curves and bends for a more realistic look. Fastrack is not user freindly if you need to make custom lengths. Fastrack is expensive and can not be easily custom fit. Is it going to be a permanent layout or does it need to be dis-assembled between showings. Gargraves make sectional curves that you do not need to custom bend. Gargraves, Atlas O and Lionel sectional track can be cut to fit. Not so easy with...
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Tinplate Art ·
The idea mentioned above about a display of available O gauge track products is a sound one. That having been said, my suggestion for a newbie-viewing layout would be Lionel's Fastrack products.
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Brendan ·
People are inspired by nice looking layouts irregardless of their ability to achieve or mimic them. I would go with what looks best, probably Gargraves or Atlas ballasted. I like the idea of a display of track options. Brendan
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geepboy ·
@forest - you said: Are you going to run older Lionel with train with the slide shoes for the couplers. They will uncouple going over Ross Switches. I cannot rule out this type of coupler. I did not know this - is this going to uncouple every time or every so often? ------------------------------ Anyhow, I want to thank everybody for their very helpful replies. There's a lot to think about here. I'm very proud of our traveling HO scale modular layout. I'm with a group who models Europe - The...
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Tinplate Art ·
You are overreacting, as I have run large articulated engines on Fastrack laid directly on top of several office tables pushed together with no disconcerting noise.
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dkdkrd ·
Well, a couple thoughts come to mind... Your original premise was..."But I want to use a style of track that Billy and his Dad can go to their LHS and easily purchase." I suggest that not all of the track choices are stocked/sold by their LHS. Due to the plethora of choices, the limitations of store space, the cost of inventory, the widely variable turnover rates of certain track brands, etc., etc., we (LHS) have been forced to limit our floor stock to those few brands having the strongest...
 
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