PRR 4465

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PRR #4465 at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

PRR 4465 is a preserved Pennsylvania Railroad class E44 electric locomotive.

PRR and PC years[edit]

The 4465 was built by General Electric in 1963. When it arrived on the Pennsylvania Railroad's roster it was pressed into freight service. It was a common sight on the Northeast Corridor and the Keystone Corridor. It brought trains in from Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Virginia, or Enola Yard in Enola, Pennsylvania. In 1968, when the Pennsylvania Railroad merged with the New York Central Railroad to form the Penn Central, the 4465 continued in freight service pulling trailer trains alongside regular freight trains.

Amtrak years[edit]

In 1971, when Amtrak was created by the federal government to take over intercity passenger operations, the 4465 was pressed into something the Pennsylvania Railroad had never intended for the E44: passenger work. With a top speed of 70 miles an hour, the E44 was slow for passenger train standards. After lack of success on passenger train service, Amtrak repainted the 4465 in Amtrak's work train service scheme and it was renumbered 502 and only pulled work trains alongside the NEC or Keystone Corridor.

Retirement[edit]

In the 1980s, Amtrak decided to retire the 4465 and its sister electrics in work train service. Pennsylvania Railroad #4465 was placed on static display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg across from the Strasburg Rail Road. While it was outside it was still painted as Amtrak #502. At some point, the 4465 was repainted into Pennsylvania Railroad livery which for the E44 was Pennsylvania Railroad keystones and a "Pennsylvania" on the side between the keystones.