Thanks to Dave at O Scale Custom Decals I have been able to do a credible job repainting a Weaver brass O scale Conrail GG-1 to the black Amtrak scheme. Dave's service is fantastic and I highly recommend him if you need decals. They are sharp, quick, and high quality items.
I am in the process of trying to keep the train hobby alive in our train room while we figure out what the next layout is going to be. I have set myself the task of collecting all of the different GG-1 schemes in O scale. Of course, I am going to have to paint some of them myself. I know this Amtrak black version was offered by MTH, but I missed one on Oy Vay when some wacko bid almost $1,000 for it. Yikes, where is my spray can?
It has been fascinating comparing the different O scale versions of the GG-1's from Lionel, MTH, Weaver, Williams, and Third Rail. The last three photos are of my recently acquired Third Rail "Rivets" version. What wonderful detail !!
My dad used to take me down to Penn Station when I was five years old and put me into the cabs of the GG-1's that rolled in. He worked for the New York City Transit Authority and never failed to get me into the GG-1's. I will never forget my experiences !
As I indicated, the new Amtrak black is a Weaver brass version. The Penn Central is a Lionel JLC. The Conrail is a Williams and the green five stripe is another Lionel JLC version. I was lucky enough to pick up three Williams when Trainworld was having its blow out sale.