Active ALCO's in the Northeast?

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Active ALCO's in the Northeast?
Posted by Carsten Frank on Monday, April 14, 2014 4:23 PM

From Easter I will be traveling for 3 weeks with the camper from Chicago to Boston. And I certainly hope to make many great railway photos.
Especially I like to want to catch the last ALCO's.
Are there any of them still in use in this region?



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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:39 PM

The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad in north-eastern Pennsylvania has a number of ALCO RS-3's plus some Century Series locomotives.  don't know the address but I'm sure you can find it with an on-line search.

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Posted by NorthWest on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:03 PM

Morristown and Erie comes to mind, there are probably others. I'd look it up in an internet search.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:33 PM

Let me help you out a bit for the Delaware-Lackawanna.

Try for the story.

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Posted by crhostler61 on Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:16 PM

If south central and southeast PA are in your range of travel...I would recommend doing some railfanning around Harrisburg and Reading (NS and CSX) then a short trip northward from Reading to Hamburg and visit the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society. They have a restored Reading C630 with hi ad trucks and a few other Reading Alco's in the works.

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Posted by poppyl on Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:00 PM

I would suggest that you investigate the Livonia, Avon, and Lakeville (and its subsidiaries) in Upstate NY (Rochester to points south; Painted Post to Cohocton in the Southern Tier; and Hornell to Meadville, PA.).  It's all ALCOs all of the time.  Google them for contact information.  They are reasonably railfan friendly if you contact them first.


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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, April 18, 2014 2:40 PM

Olean and Vineland (Ever wonder where the mongrel LIRR  FA's went?)

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Posted by JACOB LONGANECKER on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:49 AM

Western New York & Pennsylvania runs all Alco's and has PRR signals on most of the route.

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Posted by Rutland Fan on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:20 PM
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has a few Alcos still running. These include 3 FPA4's, RS-18, C-420, and a C424. The areas they serve are between Akron, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio. The RS-18 is in shop for a new generator, C 424 is out of service at this time also. The FPA-4's are still quite active, with lots of smoke. They all run through the Cuyahoga National Park. See for info on times.
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Posted by tpatrick on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:51 PM

WNYP eastbound at Niobe, NY

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:00 PM

Good Lord, I can see why ALCO's were called "honorary steam engines."

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, April 25, 2014 6:47 AM

The quote in question is from George W. Hilton in a review of John Rehor's "The Nickel Plate Story", which was generally favorable.  He observed that not much was written or illustrated about NKP's diesels, with the exception of the "Bluebird" PA's, which seemed to have been given the status of "honorary steam locomotives".

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Posted by tpatrick on Friday, April 25, 2014 8:50 PM

They aren't always smokey. Here's a WNYP westbound at Lakewood, with a C630 and two C424s .

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:22 AM

Oh certainly, the ALCO's weren't always smoky enough to give an EPA official the vapors.  It's my understanding the heavy smoke was due to turbocharger lag, that is the turbo didn't come up to speed fast enough to keep up with the fuel comsumption.  Once the turbo RPM's were where they were supposed to be everything was fine afterward.

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Posted by CP GREEN on Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:16 PM
Beautiful shot sort of reminds me of Lehigh Valley through S. Plainfield, NJ about 40 yrs ago.
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Posted by cheapclassics on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 7:57 PM

Good evening all,

I know this thread has been inactive for a long time, but I wanted to share some recent experiences.  Some time ago TRAINS had an article on the ALCOs under discussion.  On our return trip home we had reservations in Olean for an overnight stay.  I casually mentioned to the better half that ALCOs roamed this neck of the woods and that we might spend some time looking for one the next morning.  As we approached the motel we drove right by the yard!  It was too late to take pictures then but we drove there the next morning and (staying carefully OFF the railroad property) took several pictures including some of an RS-3 switching some tank cars.  It was certainly one of the highlights of the trip for me.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by Bobkat525 on Monday, August 14, 2017 7:39 PM

WAY too late for your trip to mention it now but I'm surpised no one thought to mention the Green Mountain RR (reporting mark GMRC - is a class III railroad operating in Vermont. The GMRC operates on ROW that had once been owned by the Rutland.)  They still have, and maintain, an operational RS-1 (in beautiful condition) in regular service.  . 

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:51 AM

It's too bad there are no active Alco's in California.

I would love to see one in action.

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Posted by RME on Saturday, August 26, 2017 11:00 AM

It's too bad there are no active Alcos in California.

To this very day the Wine Train people show this on their site:

Next best thing to a PA, and certainly more accessible than one. (And it doesn't need to be freight to have that special Alco magic...)


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