That's a good description, hybrid. Some RS-11 features, but with the enclosed cooling coils of an RS-32 or RS-36. Possibly someone with some imagination at Alco used these units as guinea pigs, to see if they could clean up the hood design by hiding the aftercoolers. It worked, and was made standard on the RS-27, RS-32 and RS-36. Just speculation, but it does make a bit of sense-
Now, speaking as one who has rewired a few units, I'm curious to know know if anyone has information as to what excitation systems any of the 244 to 251 rebuilds received. I know the PA-4s retained their simplified Amplidyne, and Doyle's NKP 190, in it's third life, will have type E, courtesy of the donor unit, an M-420B. Ex-LIRR 611 and 614 were rewired with static. The CN/Via FPA-2 at NY&LE has a 251, but MLW kept the old Amplidyne. Anyone know about any others?
Something no one will be able to tell from photos, to be sure. (John, if this needs to be a new topic, feel free to edit and use your moderator's magic--)