Pennsy Electric Pictorial by Martin S. Zak & Paul K. Withers DJ 1999
Pennsy Electric Pictorial by Martin S. Zak & Paul K. Withers DJ 1999
Pennsy Electric Pictorial by Martin S. Zak & Paul K. Withers DJ 1999

Pennsy Electric Pictorial by Martin S. Zak & Paul K. Withers DJ 1999

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Pennsy Electric Pictorial by Martin S. Zak & Paul K. Withers DJ 1999
 
Pennsy Electric Pictorial by Martin S. Zak & Paul K. Withers DJ 1999
Copyright 1999 - First Printing
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
By Martin S. Zak & Paul K. Withers
160 pages
Most of today's Amtrak passenger trains between Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York fly up and down the Northeast Corridor behind box cabstyle AEM7 models that, in carbody shape, at least, bear a resemblance to the Pennsylvania Railroad P5A locomotive that hauled an earlier history-making run on this line. On January 16, 1933, PRR's first electric locomotive-powered intercity passenger train departed Manhattan's Penn Station for Philadelphia, marking the beginning of a tradition of American high-speed electrified passenger service that continues today. And while the introduction of the 7,000-horsepower AEM7 in 1979 was a milestone in locomotive design, it shares some traits in common with the P5A.
The P5A represented PRR's best effort, up to that time, at developing a locomotive suitable for the demands of long-haul mainline passenger service. But like the AEM7, the P5A would be eclipsed by a more powerful streamlined locomotive model. In the case of the P5A, its replacement is as recognizable today as it was when it was introduced into regular service in 1935. The prototype GG1, built in 1934, quickly became synonymous with Pennsy electrification. Whether Amtrak's HHL-8 (High Horsepower Locomotive-8,000 horsepower) design will ever become as legendary as the GG1 will be left for history to decide, but the "G" will be remembered by generations of rail passengers, enthusiasts, and historians as the keystone of PRR electrification.

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