July 15, 2017 -- Old Rivets
An old locomotive at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. PRR Locomotive #4800, nicknamed “Old Rivets” is an electric locomotive built by General Electric in 1934. It sits outside in the museum’s yard of rolling stock, awaiting full restoration.
On January 28, 1935, # 4800 inaugurated electric passenger service between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia by pulling a charter trainload of railroad and government officials. It then set a speed record of 102 miles per hour (164 km/h) outside of Landover, Maryland on the return trip.
It was in continuous service with PRR, Penn Central and Conrail until it was retired by Conrail in October 1979 after the locomotive's main transformer failed, which was deemed too expensive to repair. In 1983, it was designated an Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2012, "Old Rivets" was inducted into the North America Railway Hall of Fame for its contribution to the railway industry.
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