Six Four Axle Alcos Needed

Discussion of products from the American Locomotive Company. A web site with current Alco 251 information can be found here: Fairbanks-Morse/Alco 251.

Moderator: Alcoman

Komachi
Posts: 1195
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:26 am
Location: Minnesota, USA

Aw, nuts...

Post by Komachi »

Paul,

I don't think you wasted our time... kinda gives us an excuse to double-check what the status is of certian locomotives, status of how "pure" an ALCo. bastian may still be (i.e. how much infiltration by GE and EMD is there in the roster) and availability of power is for other people in your shoes.

I know I, for one, found this thread interesting. Too bad your search had to be called off so quickly, would have been a mini event here seeing how many units you could find and aquire for your road...

Oh well, don't worry about it, hopefully we can help you out again in the future!

2spot

CS-9??

Post by 2spot »

Not to nitpick, but just what is a CS-9? Never heard of one.

N. Todd
Posts: 186
Joined: Sat Mar 13, 2004 2:49 pm
Location: Portland, OR

Post by N. Todd »

Not to nitpick, but just what is a CS-9? Never heard of one.
CS-9s are S-4s that GTW repowered with a Cummins engine and converted to roller bearings. The same concept as those coal mine units.

2spot

CS-9

Post by 2spot »

Had to be kind of successful or it wouldnt still be around. Dont get me wrong, replacing the McIntosh & Seymour with anything less than Alco power is wrong on many levels, but many of the 539 powered switchers that were repowered with Cummins are still in revenue service. Too many S-1,2,3,4s went to the scrapper when the 539 went sour. Whatever the prime mover, this S-4 (or whatever) is a cool alternative to the hordes of GM switchers out there. But then I'm biased, one of my all time favorite road switchers is the BCRail CRS-20.

Alcoman
Posts: 1441
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:28 pm
Location: Somewhere

Re: CS-9

Post by Alcoman »

2spot wrote: Too many S-1,2,3,4s went to the scrapper when the 539 went sour. Whatever the prime mover, this S-4 (or whatever) is a cool alternative to the hordes of GM switchers out there. .
There are many 539 engines still running after 40-60 years which proves when the engine is properly cared for, it will run for a long time.
There is nothing sweeter in sight or sound than a 539 running. The Cummins rebuilds are no match for the 539 in durabity.

2spot

Re:CS-9

Post by 2spot »

I dont doubt that. Its been my experience that repowering keeps units alive a while longer and in the case of ALCos (or MLWs, any classic, for that matter) is preferable to scrapping or even (in my opinion) static display. Of course I'd prefer they stayed original or at least all ALCo (251?) but they have to keep wearing out rail to be truly enjoyed. It could be much worse.

Return to “American Locomotive Company - ALCO”