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On this Day; Locomotive 4876 and the Anniversary of the Washington Terminal Crash

January 15th is the anniversary of the 1953 Washington Union Terminal crash, when Pennsylvania Railroad’s Federal Express led by GG1 4876 lost its airbrakes and  careened into the lobby of the station.

This spectacular train wreck, on the eve of Eisenhower’s inauguration, made headlines in every major newspaper across the country.

Thirty four years ago, GG1 4876—then operated by NJ Transit remained in daily service and routinely worked New York & Long Branch trains between Penn Station and South Amboy, New Jersey .

My father and I intercepted this infamous electric on various occasions in its final years of service.

Here are few 4876 views from my lost negative file; They were exposed in June 1983 with my battle-worn Leica IIIA from my High School days. I processed the film in the kitchen sink using  Kodak Microdol-X.

GG1 electric 4876 in June 1983.
GG1 electric 4876 in June 1983.

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Alco RS-1s at Washington Union Station.

Exposed on Kodachrome 64 with a Leica 3A and 50mm Summitar lens.
Exposed on Kodachrome 64 with a Leica 3A and 50mm Summitar lens.

My brother and I were changing trains at Washington D.C. on December 18, 1984. I had time to stealthily wander down the platforms and make photos of the Alco RS-1s that worked the station.  I was pleased to feature three of the enigines in one image.

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