1940 Pennsy GS10-DE Switcher Restoration Photographs!

In 1940, the Pennsylvania Railroad, pleased with both the General Electric 44 ton centercab switcher and the center cab P5A locomotive, decided to order a heavier center cab road switcher.  General Electric obliged with a 1,000 HP locomotive, essentially a stretched version of the 44 ton centercab.  Since the primary operating area of this switcher was to be on the Northeast Corridor,  the Pennsy ordered the switchers equipped with a center pantograph for operating under catenary as well as using the diesel engine when not under wire. 

The GS10-DE (General Electric, Switcher,  1000 Horsepower,  Dual Electric) turned out to be a smashing success, doing equally well in switching coaches, pulling local freights and, on occasion, powering commuter trains as far afield as Paoli, Trenton and New York City.   Robust and well built, these road switchers outlasted the Pennsy,  Penn Central and Conrail, with examples still surviving on short lines to this day.  One such line, the Razorback Traction Company, has restored its GS10-DE to original Pennsylvania Brunswick Green livery:

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Anyhow, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. 

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It do look snappy with the painted guardrails and steps!  And the Lionel pantograph does have a power lug attached if I wanna wire it for live overhead.

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It's gi-raffe approved!

Mitch

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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M. Mitchell Marmel posted:
RSJB18 posted:

Was Fortescue involved in this project? I'm surprised that he is not afraid of the kitteh

Oh, Norma likes the gi-raffes...

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Mitch

Not so sure the Gi-raffe feels the same way judging by this picture

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

Nice job Mitch.  An improvement to the looks of the 44 ton loco.  

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Dan Padova posted:

Nice job Mitch.  An improvement to the looks of the 44 ton loco.  

Thankee kindly! 

greg773 posted:

I like how you have Jetfire just hanging out on the layout!

You'd be surprised how few crossing incidents we've had since hiring Jetfire as a crossing guard...

Mitch

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Cool.  Ever see a photo of the steam switcher in Switzerland that had a pantograph on the roof and a giant heating element in the firebox?  That would be neat in O gauge.  They did this during WWII due to a shortage of coal and an abundance of hydroelectric power and limited manufacturing for new engines. 

Tinplate Tom posted:

Cool.  Ever see a photo of the steam switcher in Switzerland that had a pantograph on the roof and a giant heating element in the firebox?  That would be neat in O gauge.  They did this during WWII due to a shortage of coal and an abundance of hydroelectric power and limited manufacturing for new engines. 

You mean this one?

That actually inspired me to create "Lil' Stinky" a few years ago...

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Mitch

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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Franky-Ogee posted:

MITCH; Where were you when the Pennsy needed an innovator like you. with your talent we could have saved the Pennsy and probably the New York Central too!          Franky-Ogee

Keep up the good work

Thankee!  Alas, I was still in diapers when the Pennsy was circling the drain in the early 60s... 

Mitch

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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