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Poll: Whats your favorite Alco?
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GVrooman
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« Reply #20 on: Apr 29th, 2005, 11:31am »
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Either an RS2 or an RS3 wearing New York Central lightning stripes. I would settle for this one.  
 
http://www.midland-ry.org/midland/images/engines/NYC8255a.jpg


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« Reply #21 on: Apr 29th, 2005, 2:12pm »
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Hi All,
 
Alcos seem to look great in ALL color schemes. However, somewhat prejudiced, I like the west coast colors especially the red Warbonnet. I have four PA units in my HO stable, and they look great in PRR, B & O, SP, and of course, Santa Fe. I also have an FA unit, B & O and it also looks great. It really is a shame that they are not still around, in production.


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« Reply #22 on: May 3rd, 2005, 7:57pm »
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on Apr 29th, 2005, 11:31am, GVrooman wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Either an RS2 or an RS3 wearing New York Central lightning stripes.

 
Here's an RS-3 that operates on the Adirondack Scenic in full lightning stripes:
www.newyorkrailroads.com/adirondack/guide/adcx_edsel.jpg
 
That pic looks straght out of the '50s but it was actually shot in the '90s!    This RR operates excursions exclusively, so there's an opportunity to ride behind her.  Here's a link to their official site:
www.adirondackrr.com
 
These guys also have an assortment of other great diesels incl an SW1, 2 F7s and 4 FL9s (ex-Metro North).  They also use two privately owned units: a C-424 (in Mass Central Colors) and a GP-9.  Great stuff for a vintage diesel freak.. like me!    


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« Reply #23 on: May 30th, 2005, 10:54am »
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Growing up with a grandfather who worked on the NYC for 50 years, it was easy to appreciate the locomotives from ALCO. From a steam perspective, the Niagara's were probaly the most beautiful design of the modern steam evolution. My grandfather stated the best running steamers were the class L-2 Mohawks. They pulled the best and maintained steady steam. From a diesel standpoint, I was subjected to the FA's at an early age, often riding in the cab during the late 1950's and early 1960's out of the Gardensville yard (prior to Frontier becoming the main yard). As a result of my first hand experiences, I have always said the FA's were the most beautifully designed diesel locomotive ever! I have come to appreciate many other roads that boasted this locomotive with excellent paint schemes. My favorite roads were the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh & New England, NYNH&H and Western Maryland.  

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« Reply #24 on: Jun 2nd, 2005, 8:21pm »
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I have two favorite Alco steamers:
 
1.  In shortline tradition, Bath & Hammondsport #11.  She's a classy little Mogul still in existence!  Right now, #11 is partially disassembled in the shop at the Middletown & New Jersey, pending disposition of an estate.  The loco could run again if she receives an overhaul.   The book Keuka Lake Memories has many great pictures of #11 switching and pulling trains, and I'd recommend it to any steam or shortline fan.
 
2.  The might Berkshire- although associated with Lima and Baldwin, too, many 2-8-4s were built by Alco.  This included 25 for Erie.  In fact, this steamer turned alot of railroads like Erie from drag freight to fast haulers. It's a pity that no Erie Berks survive, but I believe that some of the survivors (from other roads) are Alco in origin.    
 
Having said that, there are no bad Alco steam engines!  IMHO, they only come in two categories: really, really good or just plain excellent.  'Nuff said.  


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« Reply #25 on: Jun 29th, 2005, 5:03pm »
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Santa Fe RSD 15s, S2s, and S4s ,the ALCos I remember most .I only saw AT&SF PAs once.It was an A-B set on the San Bernardino scrap line.At least I got to see them!

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« Reply #26 on: Jul 3rd, 2005, 5:10pm »
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Although technically a MLW, my fave is the M420w.  Lots of them, and they look cool in every paint scheme.  Maybe too new for some, tho.....

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« Reply #27 on: Jul 6th, 2005, 3:14pm »
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Since MLW diesels are based on Alco designs, I have no problem including them here.  Pity about the wide cab- it spoils an otherwise great looking engine.

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« Reply #28 on: Jul 31st, 2005, 10:56pm »
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on Jan 6th, 2005, 1:00am, ryder wrote:       (Click here for original message)
RSD-15 od course!!! THE original snoot!!!!!! With stylish notches & could smoke like a steamer , gotta luv 'em!

 
Agreed!  Here is a picture of RSD-15 #442 before it's restoration by the Austin Steam Train Association...


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« Reply #29 on: Jul 31st, 2005, 10:59pm »
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And after restoration and painting in Austin & Texas Central "Black Widow" colors...

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« Reply #30 on: Jul 31st, 2005, 11:28pm »
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I like Charlie O's Nickel Plate from Tobyhanna! Maybe he will put that pic here also... (hint hint)
 
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on Jul 31st, 2005, 11:28pm, hummel1237 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I like Charlie O's Nickel Plate from Tobyhanna! Maybe he will put that pic here also... (hint hint)
 
Jim...  

 
 
Love to Jimmy...but it aint an Alco.  How bout the RS3 that was running 2nd?


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« Reply #32 on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:38am »
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on Jul 31st, 2005, 10:59pm, trainman786 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
And after restoration and painting in Austin & Texas Central "Black Widow" colors...

 
Wow, the 442 is looking great in its new colors.


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« Reply #33 on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:41am »
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on Aug 1st, 2005, 12:11am, Charlie_O wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
Love to Jimmy...but it aint an Alco.  How bout the RS3 that was running 2nd?

 
Nice...too bad she wasn't smokin'!


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« Reply #34 on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:44am »
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A recent pic of my favorite Alco  

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« Reply #35 on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:47am »
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Another personnel favorite...NDC 51. You don't see rare engines like this anymore. It has a Baldwin frame and cab but and Alco S6 hood and motor.

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And my other fav...RS3m 1546

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« Reply #37 on: Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:06pm »
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I am a diehard fan of ALCo RSD-1s.  I think they are a unique type as well as attractive: They are basically an RS-1 with a three axle, weight dispersing truck instead.  Aww heck, I am partial to TVRM all around!
 
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on Aug 1st, 2005, 12:11am, Charlie_O wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
Love to Jimmy...but it aint an Alco.  How bout the RS3 that was running 2nd?

 
Whoops, my bad...
 
Jimmy...  


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« Reply #39 on: Aug 4th, 2005, 8:23pm »
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My favorite ALCO would have to be the C-420's. Espically the Lehigh and Hudson River ones. The baby blue with the white is probably my favorite.

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