The E60 was the first predecessor to the Pennsylvania Railroad’s GG1. When Amtrak took over America’s long-distance passenger service in 1973, the GG1 fleet it inherited was in the twilight of its usefulness. As a replacement, Amtrak ordered 37 of GE’s passenger variant of the E60. Due to a poor truck design which made them prone to derailments, the E60s were restricted to 90 miles per hour, and never proved to be fully-capable replacements for the GG1.
In 1984, with the arrival of AEM-7 electrics on Amtrak, most of their E60 fleet went into storage. This unit was one of several E60’s that were sold to NJ Transit on January 13th, 1984. Amtrak 958 became NJT 958.
Only two of Amtrak’s E60s survive today: 958, which is stored in URHS’s Boonton Yard, and 603, which is preserved by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
New Carrollton, MD - April 1979 - Photo by Dick Leonhardt