The GG-1 rumbles overhead!

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Ralph, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I have a GG-1 that I got from my uncle years ago. It doesn't run well and I really didn't want to string wire through the entire layout, but I did want to display it in some way. I'm constructing this bridge that crosses one section of the layout as a Pennsy electrified line. It will seem to come from behind a couple of buildings and end at the edge of the layout, seemingly about to cross a river. Here a GG-1 with passenger train in tow passes the cabin car of a Pennsy freight.

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  2. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Here's a shot from down below. The bridge is removeable for access to track behind it. I'd like to string some wire for the display but it needs to be durable enough to survive occasional movement. Any of you electric fans have ideas for how to model the overhead? Thanks!!!

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  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Oooh Ralph - that is sweet! Now you gotta know that Chris (aka Interurben, aka Traction Nut) is gonna be all over this one! I'm going to email him right now!

  4. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member


    Well Ralph, that's just outstanding.

    I too wanna include some GG-1 action on my layout. Like you, I'm thinking an indication of- not necessarily modeling the Pennsy main.

    I saw brass etched catenary- contact wire, stringers and messenger wire that looks real easy to use. It was HO and came several lengths to a pack. I think it might have been 18" lengths. Perfect for your intended use. I can stop at the LHS to get the manufacturer today and post it if no one else beats me to it. But, knowing this group- you'll have the answer before I get in tonight.

    Anyway, outstanding! Bravo!



    P.S. That "looking uP" shot reminds me of driving along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philly and passing 30th street station. I believe it's a B&O viaduct that flew over the yard there. Really kewl- Thanks.
  5. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Looks nice Ralph. I'm another who plans to have a short section of Pennsy track to pose a GG1 on. Mine will cross over the JGL main where it goes thru a wall into staging. I figure I can get one of those older lousy operating GG1s cheap somewhere. I'll have to watch for the info Mark mentioned.
  6. What a great idea Ralph - the perfect way to include a bit of that hard-to-model catenary, by just doing a small portion of it. Looks like you're off to a great start; I look forward to more. Your catnary towers look pretty robust, so, perhaps in combination with the etched accessories that Mark mentioned, you will have a fairly durable, yet removable, scene...


  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    I Make my own.

    Well Ralph Looks like our friends have steered you in the right direction.
    I do hope this is Live overhead and not that dull pretend stuff:rolleyes:
    Hope you Find what you need ready built, saves you scratch building the overhead.;)
  8. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    interurban.... live overhead????? as in powered through overhead wires and not the track??? they have those?? uh oh... wifes not gonna like that... :D :D
  9. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    I am sure that is the only way I could build an Interurban/ Tram/ Heavy Electric line. Any other way is ,,,,,, well BLAH:eek:
    Say sorry to Dear Wife :D :D :D :D
  10. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I think that will be a great feature on your layout, Ralph!
    Nice work!
    :cool: :cool: :cool:
  11. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    As promised...

    Model Mermories
    P.O. 692
    Bethel, CT 06801
    203 798 0544

    As I described- 18" however- it's wire, soldered- even better than etched brass and looked beautiful!

    Whatever you do- DO NOT go to the link and look at the HEAVY ELECTRIC page, very bad for the wallet, marriage, your head, etc.

    Mark ;)
  12. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Mark, that`s a good link, nice product to,,,,,,,,,, very expensive.
    Glad I make my own:D
    Good job you are not building a large layout Ralph.

    You can make these and improve on the basic model, but you have to have the time.

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  13. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Thanks for your comments everyone! Mark, I KNEW you'd get into this! :) Thanks for the great link! Those are some fine looking products. I may consider getting just enough catenary for the four foot bridge if I can. The towers are much nicer than mine and are tempting too. Chris, you have my sincere admiration for the skill and patience involved in wiring a complete layout!!!!!! That's amazing, especially considering that the overhead provides the power. Craftsmanship!

    Whatever I end up doing for overhead, this pic shows the obvious need for something to get that GG-1 going!

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  14. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    If it wasn't for the...

    ...messenger wire- I'd of strung, well, wire- but it's gotta look right for a G. This stuff looks great and at 72" per bag- I'd hook it up.

    I liked Inter's look for the application. Cozy- and very interurban! (interurben, what the heck- i hadda go back like 10 times just to spell his nick once:D, on account I didn't want to "dis" him on account he's so darn, well, interurben!- read as cute???)

    Thanks fo twisting my nut Ralph, I knew you knew that I love Gs and that I love 'em so, even more now that they'll (it) rumble over head and look right even if they (it) just sit here and look great on you railroad. I'd reccommend that you just rotate the stock out once a wekk below the G and post a new pic.

    Ok- I'm almost done.


  15. interurban

    interurban Active Member

  16. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    do you want it to look like Pennsy prototype or will generic be OK? Are you going to power the GG from it or just drag the pantographs along or mount it 1/16" too high so that it won't touch?
    Marklin used to make (Maybe still does) a catenary with contact wire, messenger, and droppers, out of stamped metal. This would be quick but maybe not Pennsy. I think some other Europeans make similar things.
  17. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Hey Mark,
    I'll do that with periodic pics! Neat idea! G running different passenger equipemnt, G running a freight, two passenger trains on the bridge, different trains down!

    David, I'm planning this as a static display so the cantenary will be nonoperating. I'd be OK with something that reasonably approximated Pennsy wire. I just want to capture the overall impression. Thanks for the tip about Marklin.

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