You can't open a toy train magazine these days without at least 5 advertisements and no less than 40 references to the GG1. In 2012, there ARE actually other trains that do run in the United States that are COOL and unique. I myself have 4 O gauge GG1's and a few standard gauge flavors so I like the product but enough is enough.
In a nutshell, this thing has been beaten to a pulp. Can the O gauge train producers and magazine editors please put the breaks on the enthusiasm for this particular engine? I can count the times I've been excited about the GG1:
#1 Seeing one on a side track in NJ a few years back.
#2 Seeing a very nice one in the museum in PA.
#3 Seeing numerous GG1's on my pike as well as on many club pikes.
#4 Talking to and making friends with an actual engineer that piloted PA GG1's (that should probably be #1)
#5 Watching a standard gauge loco roll around the giant SGMA pike.
And there are a few others. Suffice to say though, when I open a new catalog or eBay or anything and see yet more GG1's with an exciting modification of more accurate paint and grab railing application, my heart not only doesn't flutter but I actually get irritated. More of the same made in Asia. Concentrate on making less of what is already there and focus on quality and (dare I say), exclusivity. End of rant...