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"Wheels of Steel"
(1953) PRR
A promotional film from the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) released in the early 1950's focusing on a GG1 electric locomotive, depicting the trains in action as well as what happens 'behind the scenes'.

A total of 140 GG1 electric locomotives were constructed by its designer General Electric and the Pennsylvania's Altoona Works from 1934 to 1943. The locomotives were incredibly powerful with 4,620 hp available continuously, and 8,000 hp available for short duration. The locomotives had a top speed of 100 miles per hour.

Initially introduced into service by the Pennsylvania in 1935, the GG1 was operated by its successor companies—Penn Central, Conrail and Amtrak. The last GG1 was retired from service by New Jersey Transit in 1983. Many of the GG1s were scrapped, but several were thankfully preserved by various museums around the United States.

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Wheels of Steel screenshot.