"finding patches, aligning normals" ? Not sure exactly how to test this.
When you add or subtract a patch in a model, A:M pauses to do this before it can save the model file or screen render it in shaded mode. During this pause, the messages "Finding Patches [file name]" and "Aligning Normals [file name]" appear in succession on the left side of the status bar (see attached screen grab). When you remove some patches from the GG1 and hit save, how long is this pause?
Also do you happen to have a detail diagram or know where I might find one of the GG1...
Sorry no. The only reference images I have for electric locomotives come from a book published in 1922, 12 years before they started building the GG1. All I can offer are low res dimensioned drawings of what looks like a precursor loco, a quill motor assembly and a pantagraph (see attached). It's unlikely that these last two changed much in 12 years.
And some of the details I have done, I am guessing at
And as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing wrong with that as long as your not working for a customer who demands museum quality. If your satisfied with the look of your design guesses, that's all that matters. 99.9% of the potential audience for movies starring your GG1 wouldn't recognize an accurate quill motor if all 16,700 lbs. (7590 kg.) of it was dropped on their foot.
I'm not sure of your plans for the GG1 but if you want some passenger cars for it to pull, I can offer a combination car
which, with a bit of cut and pasting, can be converted to a full Pullman car.