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New York Central RS3 Freight - 1954

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New York Central RS3 Freight - 1954
Posted by rogerhensley on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:24 AM

New York Central RS3 Freight - 1954
Here's another NY Central RS3 lash-up on passenger duty... this time in Palmer, MA. This 1954 photo was taken by David Sweetland. Again, we have more of that great Alco exhaust!

Roger Hensley
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Posted by OT Dean on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:30 AM

Yeah, my switchman brother said you could always tell when an ALCO engine went by because of the thick cloud of black smoke, much thicker than an EMD product, which were his and my favorites.  (In my Old Age, I've grown fond of ALCOs and F-Ms, of which the MILW had scads.)

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:17 AM

Some of the RS-3s that worked the commuter runs on the Harlem, Putnam branches and on the B&A had their air reservoirs moved to the roof for more room to hold water tanks for the steam generator.

 Proto 1000, RS-2 by Edmund, on Flickr

 NYC_8209 by Edmund, on Flickr

I detailed a model of one like that 'cause I thought it was neat! My uncle Kenny was the agent at Palmer, Mass, from the early '60s through the merger.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:20 AM

Wow Ed, that’s some interesting detail! I like it!

It the picture the OP posted a mixed passenger/freight train or a mail train? I can’t tell. That does seem to be very few cars for two engines!

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:27 AM

Looks like a M&E but some "less-than premiere" trains sure had a lot of head-end equipment. Could have been one or two coaches on the rear?

Here's a neat shot of an RS-3 with the roof air tank:

Thanks, Smile The closest air reservoir I found for my project came from an Amtrak, GE AMD-103! IIRC was a Details West part? **

Regards, Ed

** Sure enough:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Details-West-263-x-HO-Air-Tank-Kit-Early-GE-/112230583227

 

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