The GG-1 could be called the Gold Standard for electric locomotives, with its unparalleled longevity and road performance. Its incredible performance record is probably due to the fact that it had to compete for its spot on the Pennsy roster. When the PRR was in the market for a new high-speed passenger locomotive, it was given two prototypes to consider. The GG-1, based on the New Haven EP3, defeated the R1 in the contest to determine which engine Pennsy would order, and so began the engine's unparalleled dominance.
The 139-unit GG-1 fleet was built between 1934-44, primarily for passenger work, though during WWII and in the 1950s when passenger train miles were reduced the engines did dual duty, pulling freight trains when needed. The GG-1 survived longer than any other locomotive design, lasting well into the 1980s, and survived both the railroad that created it and that road's successor, Penn Central.
This all die-cast locomotive returns to the M.T.H. lineup completely outfitted with the power and performance of Proto-Soundr 2.0. The only scale GG-1 that includes conventional remote controlled Proto-Couplers and Proto-Speed ControlT that really works, GG-1 fans won't find a better operating model anywhere. During operation, the pantographs will automatically raise and lower themselves depending on locomotive direction. Movement is accompanied by sound and smoke for an incredibly realistic operating experience.
For 2006 the GG-1 returns to the M.T.H. lineup as a Special Edition train set complete with a five reefer cars and an N-8 caboose. Each of these "Beer" sets will be limited in quantity and will save you $300.00 when compared to the price of each component sold separately.