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Posted by: Jim Posted on: Apr 12th, 2017, 5:20pm
Which GG1 pulled FDR's funeral train from DC to Penn Station, New York?  Are there any photos of it online?  My apologies if this has been covered before.
Jim K.
Posted by: cbaer Posted on: Apr 17th, 2017, 9:55am
The official papers covering the operation of the funeral train and the second section for members of Congress list the consists and the locomotives, but not which locomotive was assigned to each train.  The GG1's were 4909 and 4911.  If the order of listing is any clue, 4909 headed the funeral train and 4911 the second section.
The train ran over the PRR in the middle of the night with very tight security.  Remember that most of the government was aboard during wartime.  There were two stops at Philadelphia and Penn Station for floral tributes and changes of railroad personnel.  It is possible that a few member of the press may have been admitted to the platforms, but if any photos were taken, they wouldn't show much.  The only photo that I know of was made by the New York Central's official photographer in daylight, when the train was near the end of its run.
Chris Baer
Hagley Museum and Library
Posted by: Jim Posted on: Apr 18th, 2017, 10:35am
Thanks, Chris, I should have thought to ask you directly.  Robert Klara, in his excellent book on FDR's funeral train, lists the engine numbers for the SR and NYC, but not the PRR.