• What does the future hold for Alco locomotives?

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

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  by GN 599
 
The future? There isnt one. Some day they will be like steam engines, a few operating here and there....
  by scharnhorst
 
GN 599 wrote:The future? There isnt one. Some day they will be like steam engines, a few operating here and there....
That maybe true for the U.S., Canada and Maybe Mexico. But places like Eastern Europe, Africa, and some with some of the the Asian country's it might be a bit diffident sent's many have made copy's of many of the ALCO and MLW units that they bought after WWII so some where out there an ALCO/MLW engine will purr out there even if it don't look like anything that was built in North America. Its up to fellow railfans to tell us about them.
  by GN 599
 
I know I was just being dramatic. As long as there are parts for them people are going to use them. Especially 251 powered stuff.
  by daylight4449
 
Well, our friends at Fairbanks Morse manufacture the 251 engine still (THAT Fairbanks Morse), and the NASA crawler is powered by them, so any 251 Alco should be fine. HOWEVER!, we can expect any 539 Alco to be mostly consigned to museums that intend to run them.
  by nessman
 
I read the article but no where did it say they were retiring their entire Alco fleet. Just that they were going to invest in some new locomotives.
  by Alcoman
 
Maybe not in the short term, BUT....

“The long term objective of the railroad is to grow and to make major investments in new locomotives,” said Guthrie. “As time goes on the new facility will allow them to work on those new locomotives, they are more cost effective, more green.”

It sounds like to me that they will phase out the Alcos as new power in purchased.
  by MEC407
 
Well, this will be quite a shopping spree for any other Alco-friendly railroads that want to add to their fleets.
  by Alcoman
 
MEC407 wrote:Well, this will be quite a shopping spree for any other Alco-friendly railroads who want to add to their fleets.

Thats true. Lets just hope that the economy will improve to justify the purchase of additional ALCO's otherwise they could end up going to a scrapper.
  by daylight4449
 
MEC407 wrote:Well, this will be quite a shopping spree for any other Alco-friendly railroads that want to add to their fleets.
Hope that the LA&L is in the market...
  by thebigham
 
Based on an article at Trains Newswire, the A&M does not plan on replacing their Alcos.
  by MEC407
 
So what is this "major investment in new locomotives" that the other article mentioned?
  by Alcoman
 
They will be buying 12 ALCO C855 sets. Rated at 8,800 hp each. Expected delivery date: April 1 2012.
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