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THE ALCO PLANT in Scenectady,New York
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Alcofan
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THE ALCO PLANT in Scenectady,New York
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« on: May 25th, 2005, 6:10pm »
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I want to share a few photos I have collected of the Alco plant including some taken by me a few ago.
 
This photo is one of the Alco plant switchers. A homemade switcher which was a prototype that never got built.


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« Reply #1 on: May 26th, 2005, 3:09pm »
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Thats a neat looking switcher. Do you have pictures of the whole ALco erecting shop? I never saw pictures of the ALco shops although I am very familiar with there steam and diesel locomotives.

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
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Re: THE ALCO PLANT in Scenectady,New York
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« Reply #2 on: May 29th, 2005, 6:41pm »
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Here is a broader view of the above picture. This is looking East on Nott Street. All this is long gone now.

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« Reply #3 on: May 29th, 2005, 6:47pm »
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Here is a view of inside the assembly line building RS-11's

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Re: THE ALCO PLANT in Scenectady,New York
 
« Reply #4 on: Jun 3rd, 2005, 11:05pm »
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To ALCOFAN:
 
Your photo of Nott St. looking East makes me recall that there is a Ramada Inn there in the upper right hand corner. Am I right?
 
  If it is, I didn't realize then that I was staying in the middle of the ALCO shops.


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« Reply #5 on: Jun 4th, 2005, 1:20pm »
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Well almost right. It USED to be Ramada Inn until late last year when it was sold to Union College to use as dorms..
 
When it was a hotel, there used to be dozens of photos of the Alco plant all over the lobby.


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« Reply #6 on: Jul 7th, 2005, 2:31pm »
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Neat Pictures. Thank you for sharing.  Wish Alco was still around

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 7th, 2005, 12:38am »
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I read some time ago that the plant was still in existence (disused) and it still had the  remnants of a huge painted sign saying"American Locomotive" emblazoned on the side. Can anyone confirm this?
 
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Alcofan
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 29th, 2006, 12:24pm »
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Yes, the plant is still there and the sign you refer to is still there. I will post pics when I can dig out the photos.

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« Reply #9 on: May 31st, 2007, 10:03pm »
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I just heard that the erecting hall (bldg with the company name still painted on it) is supposed to be leveled.  Has this happened yet?  Someone please respond by tomorrow night (6-1-07), as I'm making plans to head up to Schenectady this weekend.  Thanks.

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 3rd, 2007, 10:53pm »
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Never mind.  Just got back from Upstate NY.  Everything's still intact.  STS Steel, and about 4 other businesses, are still there.  I heard different responses for what I had read in one recent edition of Railpace (either May or June) about demolition.  
 
i.e. A hobby shop owner in downtown Sch'dy said he just takes it wih a grain of salt.  I know it doesn't sound like much opposition, but I was only there for most of one day.


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« Reply #11 on: Jun 6th, 2007, 6:01am »
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I have quite a few, including an old signal, which still stands right off Erie Blvd near the north end of the complex.  I hope I can upload these.  I'm still old school about this stuff.
 
I'm also disorganized.  I'm having trouble finding my camera-to-computer cable.


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« Reply #12 on: Jul 2nd, 2007, 11:10am »
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    I can offer a picture from the Library of Congress of what was left of the foundry in Dunkirk New York.  
      The picture was taken around 1972.
 
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/ny/ny0400/ny0493/photos/125095pv.jpg


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This is a postcard from my collection showing the 'hammer shop' at ALCO. This card is from circa 1910.

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 9th, 2007, 10:16am »
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        That is a nice and interesting picture you offered here Russ.
         The ALCO factory picture cards are fairly rare, correct?


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« Reply #15 on: Jul 9th, 2007, 10:24am »
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An early, if not dramatic post card.


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