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New Display Site Needed for GG1 in Harrisburg

July 18, 2018

Amtrak’s plans to renovate the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, station means that historic Pennsylvania Railroad equipment on display there must be moved.

The display includes Pennsy GG1 No. 4859 and a PRR cabin car.

The Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is seeking a new home for the GG1 and cabin car, both of which it owns and displays on space it leases from Amtrak.

The GG1 is usually displayed on Track No. 5, but Amtrak plans to rebuild the platform for that track to have high-level platforms that conform with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

John Smith of the Harrisburg chapter said it is talking with Amtrak for a solution that would enable the equipment to continue to be displayed under cover.

Amtrak has offered use of another track, but that would expose the locomotive to the elements.

Another idea being considered is moving the display to a pavilion near Harris Tower and 1,000 feet north of the station.

Smith told Trains magazine that he wants to see another track built so that passengers boarding trains could see the equipment and that it would be under cover.

He said that because the GG1 is on the National Register of Historic Places that Amtrak cannot put the chapter and its equipment at a disadvantage.

2 Pa. Groups Receive NRHS Heritage Grants

April 7, 2017

Two Pennsylvania organizations were among the eight recipients of a National Railway Historical Society Heritage Grant. The awards are made to such organizations as historical societies, museums and NRHS Chapters.

The Harrisburg NRHS chapter will receive $2,500 while $3,000 is going to the narrow gauge Bucksgahuda & Western Railroad in St. Marys.

Other award winners included the Southeastern Railway Museum of Duluth, Georgia; the Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum of Alna, Maine; Central New York NRHS Chapter of Marcellus, New York; the South Park Rail Society of Denver; the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum of Nevada City, California’ and the Friends of the New York Transit Museum of Brooklyn, New York.