Mr. ShrinkWrap’s technicians used a custom reinforced shrink bag to cover the 110 foot long historic locomotive and the attached caboose. The custom shrink bag provides an impermeable layer with UV and anti-corrosive properties that will serve as an outdoor storage solution until renovations to the Transportation Center are complete.
The preservation project was a collaborative effort between Mr. ShrinkWrap, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern Corp. and coordinated by The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Each of Mr. Shrinkwrap’s five technicians involved on this project were safety trained and qualified for rail access.
About GG1 Locomotive
The GG1 #4859 Locomotive was built in December, 1937 at the Pennsylvania Railroad Altoona Works. Designed by Raymond Loewy, the electrically powered locomotive is over 79 feet long and stands 15 feet tall with a max speed of 90 mph.
Locomotive #4859 was the first electric locomotive to pull a passenger train to Harrisburg in revenue service. This historical feat by the #4859 earned it the title as, “The Official Electric Locomotive of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
The Locomotive was retired in 1980, and since then has been restored back to its 1938 appearance. It most recently changed ownership in 2009 and is currently owned by the National Railway Historical Society – Harrisburg Chapter.
About Mr. Shrinkwrap
Mr. Shrinkwrap Protective Services, Inc. (www.mrshrinkwrap.com)
Since 1991, Mr. Shrinkwrap has evolved from a local boat covering service to a thriving business with national scope. Mr. Shrinkwrap has been asked to provide shrink wrap services for construction projects and objects ranging from outdoor furniture to nuclear power turbines.