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What is your favorite feature of a Alco loco
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 20th, 2005, 10:42am »
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All of them.  
 
Except for those 'double Centurys' built for Union Pacific. Those were ugly.


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« Reply #21 on: Feb 10th, 2005, 6:21am »
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Alco smoke!  

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« Reply #22 on: Feb 11th, 2005, 9:06am »
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As an Australian ALCo enthusiast, without doubt the sheer spectacle of 251 engined ALCOs belching pure black smoke whilst moving a heavy train from a standing start. Not to mention the sound.
 
Anyone familiar with NSW GR 80 class (251-CE) will also know the deafening but beautiful scream of the 251-CE whilst slowing a heavy train in dynamic brake.
 
 


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« Reply #23 on: Feb 11th, 2005, 3:46pm »
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on Feb 10th, 2005, 6:21am, NS3360 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Alco smoke!  

 
Nice Picture gotta love that ALCO smoke!!!!


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on Feb 11th, 2005, 3:46pm, BC_and_A_railway wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Nice Picture gotta love that ALCO smoke!!!!

 
Here's a better picture of the NDC 101 smoking. Now you gotta love all that good black Alco smoke!  


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« Reply #25 on: May 3rd, 2005, 8:16pm »
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Gotta love that rolling idle- i can still hear the sound of the Bath & Hammondsport RR S-1s as they chugged their way thru the valley on the way back to H'port.  
 
I love Alcos for the same reason that I love women- both of 'em have great bodies and make the best sounds!  


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« Reply #26 on: Oct 5th, 2006, 7:54pm »
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1. They smoke like a steam engine!
2.The chug chug of that 4 cycle engine.
3.The turbo whistle on S2s and S4s.
4.The long low nose on the RSD15.
5. Everything about a PA.


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« Reply #27 on: Dec 15th, 2006, 5:47pm »
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For me it's the smoke, the sound, and the low, round edged hoods on the RS series.

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« Reply #28 on: Dec 25th, 2006, 12:27am »
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Wow when you think of it ALCOs are like the cars of there time. There are many reasons we love them, but one big one is things where just made differntly back then. They had looks and function today they all look alike, but then a 50kBMW has the same lines as a 18K KIA. EMD and GE look alike. ALCO had its own thing going and there are too many things I like to pick out just one. But if I had to 1. RS hood corners! 2. C series cabs with the angle fronts. 3. CHUG CHUG CHUG

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« Reply #29 on: Dec 25th, 2006, 9:42am »
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The nose of the FA and PAs.

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« Reply #30 on: Jul 23rd, 2007, 12:02am »
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The  multi stripes on NKP ALCO'S I grew up seeing these phased out during the proid of the Apha bet route merger, the last ALCO I saw was 1977 in The EX-NKP SOUTH PARK YARD BUffalo, NY. Oh yes I have a 11 by 18 picture of it  
 
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Three guesses!!  These two old beasts were pulling a train of loaded grain hoppers eastbound on the GWRS this July (2009) at about 5 mph on a hot, hot evening.  First one would let out a big belch of smoke, then the other one would do the same.  Every so often the would get in synch and both belch at the same time.  There was also a cloud of blue smoke out from underneath every once in a while.  I think it might have been a bit warm in the cab....
 


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« Reply #32 on: Apr 20th, 2010, 10:16pm »
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Okay - another guess!  But this is the last one!
 


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« Reply #33 on: May 23rd, 2010, 6:00am »
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...the "burble" sound of the RS2/3.

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« Reply #34 on: Jul 25th, 2014, 11:07pm »
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Alco's have several definable features, depending on which "generation" you're describing. I love the whistling sound of the 539 engines in S-1/S-2 switchers, and the workmanlike, plain vanilla RS-1/2/3 and variations.
 
RS-11, and the RSD-7/12/15's, have the rugged looks of say, blue collar laborers (and there is nothing wrong with them). These are more angular, of course, than the earlier Alco products. I've seen and heard a number of RS-11's on the N&W lines in West Virginia and Ohio and they look like they were designed to handle that territory!
 
I've only seen a handful of Century-series engines (N&W 1013 and 1130, and a low-nose Alco in Bluefield, WV once) so the only features I myself noticed was the angled windshield and sand filler or whatever the "lid" was on the short hood.
 
But the one thing that is common to all of these is the SMOKE from, as some call it, the "turbo-lag". Alcos always seemed to be business-oriented, ready to go to work. Wish there more of them still around.


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on Jul 25th, 2014, 11:07pm, WVa_Jon wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Alco's have several definable features, depending on which "generation" you're describing. I love the whistling sound of the 539 engines in S-1/S-2 switchers, and the workmanlike, plain vanilla RS-1/2/3 and variations.
 
RS-11, and the RSD-7/12/15's, have the rugged looks of say, blue collar laborers (and there is nothing wrong with them). These are more angular, of course, than the earlier Alco products. I've seen and heard a number of RS-11's on the N&W lines in West Virginia and Ohio and they look like they were designed to handle that territory!
 
I've only seen a handful of Century-series engines (N&W 1013 and 1130, and a low-nose Alco in Bluefield, WV once) so the only features I myself noticed was the angled windshield and sand filler or whatever the "lid" was on the short hood.
 
But the one thing that is common to all of these is the SMOKE from, as some call it, the "turbo-lag". Alcos always seemed to be business-oriented, ready to go to work. Wish there more of them still around.

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Me, too - but from what I heard from an old diesel maintainer on the Santa Fe, the shop crews aren't.


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« Reply #36 on: Aug 18th, 2016, 9:41pm »
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Someone mentioned the Santa Fe's "Alligators" or RSD-15's. One of these was still on the property in Albuquerque, NM, as of October 1985. I can't easily find the photo itself but here's a link to the picture on the "Picture Archives" site:
 
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3681659
 
Latest photo on that site shows the unit in Sacramento, CA. No doubt about it, I would have loved to see a few of these hauling in a coal train in West Virginia's hill country. C&O had a few six-axle Alco's but they were gone before I was able to do any serious train-watching.


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