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Alcofan
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ALCO RS-3 Locomotives
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« on: Jan 13th, 2003, 5:59pm »
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How many different Alco RS-3 locomotives have you photographed over the years?
 
Below is a former Long Island RS-3 # 1555. This locomotive has the nose of a PRR RS-3 due to a grade crossing accident.
In this photo, the Gettysbug RR (2nd owner) has recently painted it.


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« Reply #1 on: Jan 13th, 2003, 6:08pm »
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Here is a shot of a Lake State RS-3 # 469. Compare it to the above photo.
This one is up for sale.


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« Reply #2 on: Jan 14th, 2003, 12:01am »
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Here is Blackland Railroad #2 at Sulpher Springs, Texas on June 21, 2000.  I think this use to be on the Magma Arizona Railroad and before that on the Reading.  If anyone knows for sure let us know.  
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 15th, 2003, 7:01pm »
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Here's one I took in 1978 in Hammond,IN  of Erie Western RS-3 crossing the "big" diamond.
 
The scanner cropped the tail of the RS-3.
Both the RS-3 and the crossing are gone now.


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« Reply #4 on: Feb 9th, 2003, 11:39pm »
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Here is Central Soya RS-3 #204 "Jimbo" in Baltimore MD on June 24, 1986.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 10th, 2003, 12:37am »
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CHESSIEMIKE-
 
Blackland #2 is probably Reading (references somewhere here...). That inverted 'v' rain gutter over the cab window was a distinctive Reading feature.
 
Central Soya #204 is former Lehigh & Hudson River #4. Those notches in the hood corners are a giveaway; that's where the 'frog eye' numberboards were.
 
You have a most impressive collection!


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« Reply #6 on: Feb 10th, 2003, 2:38pm »
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Thanks Marty.  Just proves that if you do something long enough your bound to get lucky now and again.  
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 10th, 2003, 10:41pm »
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Here is two for the price of one.  
Amtrak #114 & #133 were on hold at Acca yard in Richmond, VA.  I was told they were on their way to the Florida Gulf Coast R.R. Museum.  Oct. 12, 1985
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 17th, 2003, 10:59pm »
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on Jan 13th, 2003, 5:59pm, Alcofan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How many different Alco RS-3 locomotives have you photographed over the years?

 
Sad to say, very few.  Here's one of the Delaware-Lackawanna's at Scranton last July.


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« Reply #9 on: Nov 9th, 2009, 6:02pm »
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Alberni Pacific's former CP MLW RS3 #8427

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« Reply #10 on: Nov 9th, 2009, 8:20pm »
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Here is N&W RS-3 #300, the first diesel the Norfolk and Western Railway obtained, on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, VA. It is hard to get a good shot of the engine.

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This was my try from the other side. You are correct, very hard to get good shots of lots of things at the VMofT.
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 12th, 2009, 6:44pm »
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Very nice Chessie!!
 
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 15th, 2009, 2:33pm »
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on Jan 13th, 2003, 5:59pm, Alcofan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How many different Alco RS-3 locomotives have you photographed over the years?

 
It's a pity that I was too young to photograph the RS-3s I saw on the Erie Lackawanna and the Lehigh Valley RR during my youth, as I was just 7 on C-day. I didn't know the specifics of an Alco vs an EMD, but I could definitely tell locomotives came in different shapes and sizes. The RS-3 was one such distinctive silhouette that I came to recognize.
 
Flash forward to my adulthood- I have had the opportunity to photograph 3 RS-3s in action. The first was opportunity was a visit to the Battenkill RR in 1998. I am hunting for the photos of that trip- not sure where they went!  
 
Last year was a productive year for RS-3 hunting, with two successful trips to photograph the rare beasts. My first trip was a chase on the Finger Lakes Railway in May. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of passenger service on the ex-NYC Auburn road, FGLK brought in privately owned RS-3 #8223. She is one of two surviving ex-NYC RS-3s that are painted in the famous lightning stripe scheme:
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday 5/17/2008 at Skaneateles Junction, NY.    
 


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« Reply #14 on: Nov 15th, 2009, 2:42pm »
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My final successful RS-3 hunt involved the sole survivor of the D&H RS-3u fleet. Rebuilt with 2000 HP prime movers in 1975, the D&H rostered ten RS-3us. Nine of them went to the scrapper, but #506 was purchased by the Tioga Central RR in the late '80s. Part of the reason for #506's survival is her bicentennial paint scheme, which (albeit faded) she still wears today.
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday 9/13/2008 at Wellsboro Junction, PA. A couple of Tioga Central RR employees were doing some maintenance on #506, so I was able to photograph a short test run. The RS-3u currently operates in both freight and excursion service.    


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« Reply #15 on: Nov 16th, 2009, 8:02pm »
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Oh, Matt, that FGLK RS-3 in the NYC paint brings back lots of memories of the commuter yard in West Haverstraw, NY.  It was right in my aunt's backyard.

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« Reply #16 on: Nov 16th, 2009, 9:48pm »
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Andy, I'm glad you like the photo. From the photos I've seen, RS-3s were also quite common on NYC rails in upstate NY, hauling both local freight and passenger trains. A few even lasted into the early days of Conrail.  
 
One thing I've noticed about this RS-3, as well as an ex-NYC RS32 on the Falls Road, was the deep pitch of the horn. Was this normal for NYC's Alco locomotives?


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« Reply #17 on: Sep 4th, 2010, 4:00pm »
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I had the recent pleasure of riding behind RS3u #506 on the Tioga Central RR's dinner train!  
 

 
Phoot taken by me Saturday 8/21/2010 at Middlebury Center, PA.


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« Reply #18 on: Sep 4th, 2010, 4:09pm »
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The Tioga Central RR shares the same ownership and tracks as the Wellsboro & Corning RR. Thus #506 handles freight, as well as excursions. I found her on local freight duty just 2 days after the previous picture.
 

 
Photo taken by me Monday 8/23/2010 at Wellsboro Junction, PA. The RS3u has also been turned in the past two years. Number 506's short hood pointed south in the 2008 photo... but her nose is now pointed north.  
 


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