To an Alcophile, there’s nothing sweeter than the wheezing, whistling, barking sound produced by a smoke-belching, burbling Alco diesel. Simply sighting them is cause for elation among the throngs of enthusiasts who seek them out. In this three-volume series we set out to document an example of every Alco model remaining in operation, a journey which takes us throughout North America. Volume 1 covers the early years of the Alco diesel. Locomotive models are presented in chronological order by their first production dates (see list below).
Switcher models that are powered with the Model 539 prime mover such as the HH660, S-1, S-2, S-3, and S-4 are shown in operation, along with RS-1 and RSD-1 road switchers. You’ll follow Alco’s progress with the introduction of the Model 244 engine in both freight and passenger diesels. Model RS-2, RSC-2, RS-3, and RSD-5 units are viewed working for various shortlines, museums, and industrial users. Exhilarating scenes show the last two operating Alco PAs pulling passenger trains in Mexico. Volume 1 concludes just before the release of the Model 251 engine. Join us in this quest for “diesel dinosaurs” as we seek out Those Incredible Alco’s!
|HH600 *||Santa Fe|
|HH900 *||Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum|
Bath & Hammondsport
|RS-1||Livonia, Avon & Lakeville|
|RSD-1||Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum|
|PA||National Railways of Mexico|
|RSC-2||Mid-Continent Railway Museum (MILW 988)|
Detroit & Mackinac
|RS-3||Paperton Junction Southern (private)|
|RS-20||Green Bay & Western (on lease to Badger Mining)|
|S-3||Winnipesaukee & Pemigewasset Valley|
|RSC-3 *||Pacific Great Eastern|
|RSD-5||Western Maryland Scenic|
|* Still picture only|