Re: PRR T-1 Trust... how about a GG1 too?
Author: Dr Zarkoff
Date: 10-16-2020 - 18:24
> People say the transformers were removed from them upon retirement due to PCB-based oil used. Really? Amtrak, Conrail & NJDOT all removed every transformer from every unit they were retiring between 1981 and 1983? Doubt it.
The one which went to IRM left PA with its transformer. It was discovered enroute, which caused an internal EPA squabble. It had to be removed, which took the switchgroup too. Somehow IRM got another swtichgroup.
> Most went right to dead-lines and then scrap or museums. However, frame cracks were a real thing. But enough money can fix almost anything...
The frame cracking issue was a result of improper stress releiving and heat treating after welding up cracks.
With modern solid state electronics (inverters and frequency changers), the one at IRM could be made to run, although not necessarily for hauling trains around in a big way.