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Posted by: BC_and_A_railway Posted on: Dec 31st, 2004, 5:21pm
Which alco locomotive do you like the best is it a certain one or type??
Mine is the RS3!
Mine in a favorite paint MD&DE 1203
Posted by: Carman_Ron Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2005, 9:16pm
RS1, Milwaukee Road, if you need to pin me down to a specific RR.
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2005, 9:26pm
It's gotta be the Alco S6 for me. Here is the NDC S6 101 built in February 1956. Although the RS3 is my second favorite
Posted by: ryder Posted on: Jan 6th, 2005, 1:00am
RSD-15 od course!!! THE original snoot!!!!!! With stylish notches & could smoke like a steamer , gotta luv 'em!
Posted by: ME_C424 Posted on: Jan 6th, 2005, 9:58pm
I like C424's the most.
Posted by: DannyR Posted on: Jan 10th, 2005, 9:03pm
I like the S-series switchers but the PA and DL-109 would be my favorites.
Posted by: BC_and_A_railway Posted on: Jan 10th, 2005, 9:11pm
choices everyone I have always liked PA's too.
 
Also thanks for making it sticky NS3360
Posted by: aXion23 Posted on: Jan 11th, 2005, 9:39am
The C630 and older RS units.
Posted by: Cli_Traker Posted on: Jan 12th, 2005, 1:34am
I can't pick just one so i'll say all of the models are my favourite, the alcos got way more style then any GE and EMD. Cheers  
Posted by: Jeff_K. Posted on: Jan 25th, 2005, 2:50pm
C630 in RDG paint. Can't be beat!
 
-Jeff
Posted by: Slim Posted on: Feb 24th, 2005, 12:07pm
In New South Wales Australia the double-ended box-cab 80 class Goodwin ALCo with a 2000Hp 251-CE donk is my favourite.
 
 
Posted by: hudsonelectric Posted on: Feb 27th, 2005, 8:47pm
It has to be the RS3 with the PAs & FAs close behind. The RS3s were the first locos that I fanned as a kid, both in Erie and E-L schemes. This photo was taken at the station down the street from my house in Hawthorne, NJ back in happier railroading days on the Mainline.  
Posted by: Richard_Glueck Posted on: Mar 24th, 2005, 5:47pm
The PA and FA are way out in front, but not far behind is the RS-1 .
Posted by: NKP759fan Posted on: Mar 26th, 2005, 10:13pm
I'd probally have to go with the D&H C-628's. They looked great in the "lighthning scheme" and were very powerful.
Posted by: LL1060 Posted on: Apr 5th, 2005, 2:11pm
Any of their Century series-C420, C424, C425, C430, C628, C630, C636, and their MLW counterparts.
Posted by: CP_DQ Posted on: Apr 5th, 2005, 10:56pm
S2 without a doubt!  However I'm extremely fond off all Alco's, big or small!  
Posted by: Matthew_Langworthy Posted on: Apr 7th, 2005, 8:49pm
For me, S-1s and S-2s because they've been workhorses in upstate NY for my entire life.  I also like the Centuries because they just look (and sound) powerful.  PAs and FAs have great lines, too.  Oh heck, there's no such thing as a bad Alco!
Posted by: JasonU Posted on: Apr 10th, 2005, 2:56pm
Any thing with a turbo charged 539!
Posted by: RDG484 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2005, 9:05am
Long Island FA's.  Even though they did not have prime movers, they still looked great.  NH PA's painted in McGinnis were great looking machines as well.
Posted by: Alco83 Posted on: Apr 29th, 2005, 10:00am
Definitely the PA.  When a diesel is named as an honorary steam locomotive based on its design, you know it has some style.  Of course they looked good in almost anything, but the Bluebirds were probably my favorite.  (photo courtesy rr-fallenflags.org)
 
Posted by: GVrooman Posted on: Apr 29th, 2005, 11:31am
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
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Apr 29th, 2005, 2:12pm
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.
Posted by: Matthew_Langworthy Posted on: May 3rd, 2005, 7:57pm
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!    
Posted by: fanatic5 Posted on: May 30th, 2005, 10:54am
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.  
Posted by: Matthew_Langworthy Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2005, 8:21pm
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.  
Posted by: espeefoamer Posted on: Jun 29th, 2005, 5:03pm
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!
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Jul 3rd, 2005, 5:10pm
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.....
Posted by: Matthew_Langworthy Posted on: Jul 6th, 2005, 3:14pm
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.
Posted by: trainman786 Posted on: Jul 31st, 2005, 10:56pm
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...
Posted by: trainman786 Posted on: Jul 31st, 2005, 10:59pm
And after restoration and painting in Austin & Texas Central "Black Widow" colors...
Posted by: hummel1237 Posted on: Jul 31st, 2005, 11:28pm
I like Charlie O's Nickel Plate from Tobyhanna! Maybe he will put that pic here also... (hint hint)
 
Jim...  
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 12:11am
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?
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:38am
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.
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:41am
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'!
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:44am
A recent pic of my favorite Alco  
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:47am
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.
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Aug 1st, 2005, 7:50am
And my other fav...RS3m 1546
Posted by: TrainMan404 Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:06pm
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!
 
TM
Posted by: hummel1237 Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2005, 3:18pm
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...  
Posted by: alcoc420 Posted on: Aug 4th, 2005, 8:23pm
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.
Posted by: Marty_Feldner Posted on: Aug 4th, 2005, 9:59pm
on Aug 4th, 2005, 8:23pm, alcoc420 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
 
Light gray, not white (at least, when new; toward the end, it was closer to 'grung', as money for niceties like regular cleaning dried up)...
Posted by: alcoc420 Posted on: Aug 5th, 2005, 11:39am
Thanks for clearing that up! I always thought it looked like white. Anyway they still are great engines.
Posted by: towny72 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2005, 10:34am
The bulldog,
 
RS27
Posted by: TrainMan404 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2005, 4:06pm
My favorite alco would either have to be the RSD-1 or the RS-1.  There is something about such a pioneering loco {RS-1} and its unique sister, the RSD-1, that brings me some sort of historic closure.  The flat hoods and arching cab roofs are something to be admired!
 
TM
 
Gotta love those working ALCos!! RSD-1 8669, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.
Posted by: spooler734 Posted on: Sep 1st, 2005, 5:57pm
I would say that my favorite alco is between an FA-2 oa an RS-3 paited for Western Maryland in Fireball paint.
Posted by: C420 Posted on: Sep 30th, 2005, 9:09pm
RS 3.  Nothing like a good running 244.  
Posted by: u25b Posted on: Oct 6th, 2005, 11:40pm
Well here goes-I love the PA (especially in MoPac colours) and the FA in Erie black and yellow(copied line for line by the Victorian Railways here in Australia).Pick any 6 axle century and you can't beat it for good looks and I am really fond of those RSD7/12/15 series of locos but they HAVE to have a high short hood. And not forgetting the littl'uns-the C415 was so homely that you can't help but care for 'em(did you know the original C415 demonstrator is preserved in Australia?). And no-one has mentioned the T6.
 
Thats enough for now!
 
Wes
Posted by: Matthew_Langworthy Posted on: Oct 15th, 2005, 9:37pm
Cool news on the C-415. Another C-415 is in the process of being renovated by local shortline Buffalo Southern, which strangely enough is a former Erie line.  BSOR also connects to the New York & Lake Erie, which operates  the southern portion of the same Erie line.  NYLE rosters a pair of former VIA/CN FPA-4s in a very cool Erie-esque scheme that substitutes sapphire blue blue for black.  For an impressive look at one of them,  check this out: http://alcoworld.railfan.net/nyle.htm  -you won't be disappointed!     Also appropriate for an ex-EL route, NYLE has a pair of C-425s including a high-nose ex-N&W unit that was used in Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
Posted by: F74472 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2005, 12:58am
What can you tell us about that C-415? I know there weren't very many even constructed, and few of those survived, as I understand it. Believe it or not, as late as October 1996, the Ohio River Co (ORC).. in its Huntington, WV facility had a -415 shifting cuts of hoppers on a Saturday morning (used to have a photo of it :/ ). It was painted in a fairly bright yellowish-orangey-gold with black letters--wish I could remember the number! And ORC  had used at least an S-2 and RS-1 still in use in 1980, with some more stored.
 
But I have to agree with a previous post--RS-11's were and are my favorite, especially on N&W's line from Kenova, WV to Portsmouth, OH. I fondly remember a few.
Posted by: toddsyr Posted on: Nov 14th, 2005, 2:25am
My favorite Alco? I can only narrow it down to the S series switchers. Any of the ones who used to switch the Allied Chemical plant in Solvay, NY will do. I remember EVERY morning the school bus would have to wait a bit as they tied up the Bridge Street crossing doing there chores. I was always amazed how many cars one of these units could pull up the grade there. Lotsa smoke too! Well, not in this pic of #4 idling, sorry!
Posted by: adam17 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2005, 9:41am
Alco S-2 for me! I love that little switcher...
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Nov 14th, 2005, 10:38am
Hi All,
 
My favorite Alcos would be the FA and PA. This is easily confirmed by the fact that I have several such engines in my HO stable. The FA is only B&O, but the PA's are PRR, B&O, NYC, SP, Santa Fe. I can remove the covers of all four of my PA's and replace them with other covers, of different road names. Most impressive is my lash up of four PRR PA-1's. They will pull a house away. They are all Athearn, by the way.
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2005, 2:00pm
on Nov 14th, 2005, 2:25am, toddsyr wrote:       (Click here for original message)
My favorite Alco? I can only narrow it down to the S series switchers. Any of the ones who used to switch the Allied Chemical plant in Solvay, NY will do. I remember EVERY morning the school bus would have to wait a bit as they tied up the Bridge Street crossing doing there chores. I was always amazed how many cars one of these units could pull up the grade there. Lotsa smoke too! Well, not in this pic of #4 idling, sorry!

 
Quote:
Alco S-2 for me!  I love that little switcher...  

 
Glad to see you guys also like the S series...  
Posted by: NS3360 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2005, 2:02pm
on Nov 14th, 2005, 10:38am, Pennsy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Most impressive is my lash up of four PRR PA-1's. They will pull a house away. They are all Athearn, by the way.

 
That must be a fine sight to see...
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Nov 14th, 2005, 2:46pm
I would have to say that my favorite Alco is a PA1. Here is a picture of one. Please check out my photo show on railroading at; photoshow.comcast.net/richardtrains
Posted by: Matthew_Langworthy Posted on: Nov 15th, 2005, 8:28pm
on Nov 14th, 2005, 12:58am, F74472 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
What can you tell us about that C-415? I know there weren't very many even constructed, and few of those survived, as I understand it. Believe it or not, as late as October 1996, the Ohio River Co (ORC).. in its Huntington, WV facility had a -415 shifting cuts of hoppers on a Saturday morning (used to have a photo of it :/ ). It was painted in a fairly bright yellowish-orangey-gold with black letters--wish I could remember the number!
The Buffalo Southern purchased C-415 in 1999, and it is ex-Rock Island #423.  Here are a few pics of the locomotive shortly after it arrived: http://www.railfan.net/cgi-bin/trainthumb.cgi?railpix/railfan/bsoralco
 
Here are pics of it in the BSOR yard in Hamburg, NY:
http://alcoworld.railfan.net/bsor.htm
http://members.aol.com/buffalosouthern/pictures/423.jpg
 
Last I knew, BSOR was working on the C-415, and eventually plans to place the unit in active service.
 
 
Posted by: icsd701000 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2005, 11:31pm
I would have to say the PAs and a close second the C636 in the IC colors.
Posted by: trick45 Posted on: Dec 10th, 2005, 12:00pm
Gotta put a vote in for the RS-27. There's just something intrinsically "right" looking about that one.
Posted by: SD50_Fan Posted on: Dec 10th, 2005, 12:27pm
I like the C630.
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Dec 10th, 2005, 6:06pm
I like ALL Alcos!
 
Growing up with PC I have to say that I have always loved C-636's with RS-2's and 3's a close second.
 
I have always thought RS-27's (DL-640) were very cool and DL-109/110's are interesting too.
 
C-855's were awesome, but I never saw one and from what I have read, they were a big maintenance headache.
 
Henry
Posted by: toddsyr Posted on: Dec 13th, 2005, 8:02pm
on Nov 14th, 2005, 2:00pm, NS3360 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
Glad to see you guys also like the S series...  
 

 
Thanks. I have a few pictures of the Allied switchers from the web. I tried differentiating between the different models based on internet information. There was so many discrepencies I gave up. Any spotting tips?
Posted by: toddsyr Posted on: Dec 13th, 2005, 8:13pm
on Dec 10th, 2005, 6:06pm, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I like ALL Alcos!
 
Growing up with PC I have to say that I have always loved C-636's with RS-2's and 3's a close second.
 
I have always thought RS-27's (DL-640) were very cool and DL-109/110's are interesting too.
 
C-855's were awesome, but I never saw one and from what I have read, they were a big maintenance headache. "
 
Henry

 
All nice Alco's Henry. I too have never seen the C-855. Not even a picture until now. That locomotive looks like it means business! The following text and image are from:
 
http://www.worldrailfans.org/Articles/US/DoubleDiesels.shtml
 
" Compared to the DD35 and U50, the C855 is a very "busy" looking loco with a design that looks as if it was cobbled together, and they had a distinctive fish-belly tank between the trucks. In comparison, the DD35 and U50 both show fairly clean, purposeful lines. The ALCO 251 prime movers in the C855's smoked in a typical ALCO fashion, and photos frequently show them under a large plume of black exhaust. In a letter from Rory O'Connor (an ex-UP employee who worked at North Platte), he stated that the C855s were superb locos on drag freights, but that it was their mechanical  reliability and the pollution they caused (when America was getting very conscious of emissions) that was their eventual downfall.
 
Posted by: ErieAtlantic7597 Posted on: Dec 13th, 2005, 10:02pm
 Hummmmm, ones I've seen ? Erie RS 3s in pure Erie comutter paint scheam. And, second favorite Susquehanna RS1s in original paint. Ones I never saw in person, but wished I had, the very, in my mind, stylish PAs.  
 
    Take care, safe and happy holidays,
 
    Bruce
Posted by: trainboyh16-44 Posted on: Feb 23rd, 2006, 1:42am
CP Rail C-424 with a nose headlight, large multimark, and 8" nose stripes!
Posted by: Penn Central SD40 Posted on: Feb 25th, 2006, 2:40pm
I like D&H and LV C628s, D&H low nose RS11s and 36s, LV C420s, EL C424s and 425s, N&W high nose C630s, any and all RS3s, low nose RSD15s, CP C630s, D&H and LV PAs....Theres so many its hard to pick just one!
Posted by: Luther Brefo Posted on: May 10th, 2006, 3:55am
http://www.lalrailfan.net
 
This site has plenty of pictures of my favorite Alcos. Check out the Gallery.
 
 
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: May 12th, 2006, 3:10pm
I guess I'm pretty conventioanl - I'll take a PA. Preferably in a PA-PB-PA set in Santa Fe red and silver warbonnet, but Eagle colors ain't bad, and neither is the D&H idea of a warbonnet. Suspect they'd have looked real nice in Southern Green and white and gold.
 
RSD-15s are close behind, and that Austin & Texas Central Black Widow works very well indeed on that particular engine - but my heart is still given to the Santa Fe
Posted by: Luther Brefo Posted on: Jun 30th, 2006, 10:18pm
Give me two of each kind and I'd be happy...
Posted by: WMSR_734 Posted on: Jul 8th, 2006, 7:50am
My favorite ALCO's eh? That would have to be an RS-1 and a C-430.
Posted by: Alcophile Posted on: Jul 17th, 2006, 2:12pm
RS-11 (High Hood) and C-420 (Low Hood), also like RS-3, RS-18, C-636, M-630, M-636.
Posted by: Reading_T-1_#2124 Posted on: Aug 10th, 2006, 1:11pm
RS-3    RDG-CNJ-LV
RS-11   LV
C420    LV
C424    RDG
C630    RDG
 
         -CJ
Posted by: LEHIGHVALLEE Posted on: Aug 10th, 2006, 2:40pm
It has to be the big, bad and beautiful PA. Equally usefull on passenger or freight.
Here is a shot from 1951 with my father in the cab, he worked as a field engineer for ALCo from 1946 to  1948 before hiring on with the Lehigh Valley.
                   Lee
Posted by: Reading_T-1_#2124 Posted on: Aug 10th, 2006, 8:18pm
   And I almost forgot...The LV's Alco PA's & FA's   Neat photo !
 
       
           -CJ
Posted by: LEHIGHVALLEE Posted on: Aug 11th, 2006, 8:10am
yeah, can't forget the little brother FA's!
Posted by: Reading_T-1_#2124 Posted on: Aug 11th, 2006, 7:13pm
Nice photo again  
Posted by: Adam17 Posted on: Aug 12th, 2006, 2:46pm
Another one of my favorites, D-L M636 #3643. Here's a pic, and if you click on it, you can also see a video.
 
Posted by: trainmaster Posted on: Aug 15th, 2006, 11:58am
My favorite Alco/MLW is the M-420!
Posted by: NewYorkNewJerseyRR Posted on: Aug 17th, 2006, 11:55pm
The C636! I really want one, maybye an overland brass custom painted into CSX DARK FUTURE!
Posted by: PVMRR76 Posted on: Oct 28th, 2006, 4:41pm
All the old timers love the Alco PA's- which seemed to get the title of "HONORARY STEAM ENGINE" I however think the FA freight cabs are the best looking diesel ever.
 
Here is a Pennsy FA-2/AF-16 rounding the curve westbound at Torrance,PA in the late 1950's.
Posted by: KJRR_Brakeman Posted on: Nov 16th, 2006, 10:24pm
I would have to say my favorite would be an RS-36.  They might not have been very popular, but they definitely have a nice look to them.
Posted by: crook Posted on: Feb 12th, 2007, 11:22am
A late-comer here, but...
 
How can you not take them all?  
 
That said, my only big time mainline Alco railroading was on Cp and Cn out Montreal back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the big MLWs have a place in my heart, especially in the handsome full 'Action Red' scheme with the Multimark.
 
But grew up with D&H Rs11s, Rs36s, C420s and C424, so I like those, too.  
 
Can't go wrong with an S-series switcher, either. Hmmm.
 
I give up! I like 'em all!
 
Come to think of it, I really like the C430...
Posted by: SSW9389 Posted on: Feb 12th, 2007, 1:07pm
Terry Kirkland liked ALCOs when he found them. Here is a Texas Central S-2.
Posted by: sw1200rs1396 Posted on: Apr 1st, 2007, 6:03pm
I have to say that I have 3 favorite ALCo/MLW engines:
 
1- M-630 & C630M units for CN
2-RS23 roadswitchers in CP maroon & grey script lettering
3-RSC24 light roadswitcher for CN
Posted by: Loco112 Posted on: Apr 9th, 2008, 12:58am
The 3' gauge ALCO/MLW/BBD DL535E of 1981.
 
This is the most modern 3' gauge diesel/electric in the entire USA, and I'm building one in 25% size.
Posted by: GE_U-10B Posted on: Apr 11th, 2008, 5:52pm
My favourite ALCo is the DL535S, who ran on some lines of Spain in 1668 mm gauge, but today some units are in a mine railway on 1000 mm. I like also RS-3 and the units powered by ALCo 251 engine.
Posted by: GP9_engineer Posted on: Apr 12th, 2008, 12:57pm
My favorite hands down is the ALCO RS1.
Posted by: Anthony_SRR Posted on: Apr 13th, 2008, 9:36am
Long Island RS-3 Alco, like my 1556 at the Railroad Museum of long Island
 
Anthony
Posted by: PRR#90 Posted on: Apr 13th, 2008, 1:22pm
It's a tie between CF7's and RS-3m's.
 

Posted by: Andy_S Posted on: Apr 29th, 2008, 4:51pm
Any Alco that still runs and is in its original livery (OK, it can be repainted if faded).
Posted by: diehardfan Posted on: Jul 28th, 2008, 8:28pm
Rochester & Genesee Valley RR Mus. has one fav.:  RS-3m LV 211.  Everytime I see pics of it in the Morning Sun Books, when it was Pennsy 8445, I pause on it.  I like the grime and dust on it.
 
High-nose C-628 built for N&W is another.
 
On page 53, in Trackside with "Mr. Alco", three RSD-5s, in weathered black widow paint (SP), in a row.  I like that one.  (btw....   if you like Alcos, you want to get this book!  It's by Jim Odell & Len Kilian. Morning Sun Books.)
 
I've seen a high-nose RSD in B&LE paint, but I think it was in another book.  God, I wish we had more Alcos!!!
Posted by: Anthony_RMLI Posted on: Jul 31st, 2008, 4:38pm
on Apr 29th, 2008, 4:51pm, Andy_S wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Any Alco that still runs and is in its original livery (OK, it can be repainted if faded).

 
 
My girl can't run but has been reapinted into her orignal LIRR paint. RS-3 1556
 
Anthony
Posted by: Mr. Starr Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2008, 12:44am
Does it have to be an ALCO?   And I don't think that this need any description!!
Posted by: Mr. Starr Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2008, 12:51am
How about this A.& A. excursion train ..  
 
Tom
Posted by: cn7066 Posted on: Sep 25th, 2008, 5:14pm
on Apr 13th, 2008, 1:22pm, PRR#90 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
It's a tie between CF7's and RS-3m's.
 


 
 
CF7's are not alcos. They are ATSF rebuilt EMD F7's.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Oct 10th, 2008, 7:43pm
I expect my favorite ALCOs were UP FEFs. If you mean diesels, then PAs,
Posted by: ferlen Posted on: Oct 11th, 2008, 6:04pm
I like the c-420's especially the Lehigh Valley units- I photographed and saw one run, #405 at Steamtown this morning. Sounds really good. Of course the D-L is ALCO (diesel) heaven!
Posted by: L4b Posted on: Nov 3rd, 2010, 1:53pm
1. PA/PB
2. FA/FB
3. RS32 (DL721)
4. RS2
All in NYC paint. But then again...
...didn't Alco also make some Steam engines h-m-m-m. how about a Hudson, Mohawk, or Niagra, All "THOROUGHBREDS"
Posted by: WVa_Jon Posted on: Jul 25th, 2014, 12:28pm
I found an old posting of mine from 2005 and it still stands--my favorite would still be the N&W RS-11's. Never had the chance to get "up close and personal" but there was one encounter I'll never forget. Three of these RS-11's were sandwiched between a pair of GP-9's in N&W's Kenova, WV yards one day in 1977. The engineer opened the throttle and three turbo-songs nearly pierced my eardrums, and three HUGE plumes of smoke went a good ways into the air. Man, I've wished I had owned a good camera (well, any kind of camera) and/or a tape recorder for times like those.  
   
 Other "faves" would be N&W C-630 #1130 (I think), working the Portsmouth, Ohio yards in early 1980; as mentioned, the Alcos from the Ohio River Company working the rail-to-river facility in Huntington, WV (C415, S-2, and an abandoned (?) RS-1). Since then, I've had the chance to ride behind an Alco S-1, part of the Abilene & Smokey Valley's ex-Rock Island line in Abilene, KS.  
   
 Honorable mention would be the former CN FPA-4 (okay, it's an MLW unit) on the Monticello and Sangamon Valley line in Monticello, IL. I understand they've added more motive power since I was there in 2008--time for another journey, I say!
Posted by: WVa_Jon Posted on: Jun 29th, 2015, 3:16pm
As a follow-up, here are links to a couple of pictures I took back in March 1979. I _think_ the date was March 10 but who knows after 30-plus years. Anyway, these are scanned and "color-corrected" thanks to my new Epson scanner. The original prints had faded--the dye was turning pink!--so this is about as good as I could get with the photos. They were also from a "110" series camera, which were great for fitting in a shirt pocket and making "grab" shots, but the quality doesn't come close to those from SLR cameras then and digitals these days. Still, I'm glad to have the pix and I hope you like them too.
 
N&W's 2570 was apparently ex-NKP 570. This one still had the yellow/gold "N&W" block lettering. I don't think it had dynamic brakes, as there were only three openings, as compared to built-for N&W units, which mostly had five. 2570 was the last of the 3-4 units on this train, westbound in Ironton, Ohio, that afternoon/evening. It was getting dark, already, but I wasn't going to miss out on ever-decreasing Alco units!
 
The links are below--I tried to use the "re-size" feature but threw in the towel after a number of tries. Again, I hope  you enjoy these.
 
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4196560
 
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4196561
Posted by: stevej Posted on: Oct 14th, 2017, 1:47am
G'day,
The NSWR 48 class DL531 6 cylinder 950 hp aussie alco built by A. E. Goodwin. Great little beasties to drive.
Steve.
Posted by: stevej Posted on: Oct 16th, 2017, 1:24am
G'day again,
Got a shot of the cab of 48 class unit 139.
By 2004, technology was starting to crowd the confined cab of the 48 class.
But, they still had the Westinghouse B7EL brake valve.
Self lapping independent, manual lapping auto train brake.
And, no dynamic brake.
Some of the 48 class were chop nosed becoming the PL class.
Steve.