Strong Steel Products RE 716

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Strong Steel Products RE 716

Post by DURR5017116 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:52 pm

Hello ALCO forum,

A friend of mine working for Conrail Shared Assets in Detroit told me about what seems to be an ALCO S2 being used by a recycling center that is a customer. The purpose of this post is twofold:

1. Is there any other info in existence about this unit? He could not find any.

2. The unit seems to have been place out of service since the company got a new trackmobile, my friend seems to think it will either be sold or cut up. I figured I'd alert those who may be interested.

Photos are attached


Thanks guys!!
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Re: Strong Steel Products RE 716

Post by SSW9389 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:39 am

According to this roster Relco 716 is an S-1. See http://thedieselshop.us/Relco.HTML" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Strong Steel Products RE 716

Post by SSW9389 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:47 am

From LocoNotes message #29542 and Ken Ardinger: "716 has the eng block from NYC 8573-PC 9648,carbody may be from L&N 72; the RE 717 could also be the
L&N 72."

PC 9648 was an S-2. L&N 72 was an S-1.

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Re: Strong Steel Products RE 716

Post by Allen Hazen » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:43 pm

Going by the bottom photo, the unit has a decent paint-job with no rust spots showing through. Suggesting it has been cared for reasonably well, and might be in decent condition generally. In which case it would be a pity if it was just cut up!

As for what model it is… Not having an Alco S on a turntable to view from the camera angle shown I can't be sure, but it LOOKS as if the radiator is the short one used on S1/S3, not the longer one on S2/S4: somebody with a better eye than mine, or a photo collection that includes some taken from this angle, could confirm or refute this. The basic engine BLOCK is pretty much the same, and de-turbo-ing an S2's engine before reinstalling it in an S1 shouldn't have been beyond the abilities of Relco's shop.

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Re: Strong Steel Products RE 716

Post by Allen Hazen » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:23 am

Further evidence that, whatever the engine inside it, the visible carbody is an S1.
An S2 has eight doors along the (left) side of th hood between the cab and the radiator, an S1 with its shorter radiator has nine. I count nine in the photo.

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