On this Day, January 15, 1953, Pennsylvania Railroad’s Federal Express Crashed at Washington Union Station.

In the lead was GG1 electric number 4876.

After the spectacular January 15, 1953 Washington Union Station wreck, Pennsylvania Railroad rebuilt GG1 4876, which required substantial reconstruction resulting in an nearly new machine.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, I made a project of photographing old 4876, at which time it was working for New Jersey Department of Transportation on New York & Long Branch suburban services.

I exposed this detailed view with my Leica 3A at Rahway Junction in the locomotive’s last year of service.
I exposed this detailed view with my Leica 3A at Rahway Junction in the locomotive’s last year of service.

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2 thoughts on “On this Day, January 15, 1953, Pennsylvania Railroad’s Federal Express Crashed at Washington Union Station.”

  1. A friend and I were visiting our former boss Stanley Barriger in Washington DC many years ago and he showed us the spot where PRR 4876 arrived “in the station” – easily recognizable once pointed out to us. Different style concourse gates and a slightly different floor surface. I don’t believe any of this is easily visible today with the various rebuildings and updates to the station over the past 30 years.

    1. I remember Stanley. Tim Doherty, Tony Fitzherbert, Stanley and I shared at table on the first public run of the Acela Express from New Haven to Boston back in December 2000. Nice man and very knowledgeable. Brian Solomon

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