ALCO Question

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ALCO Question
Posted by Bruce Frierdich on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 2:34 PM

Hi,

Question for you ALCO fans: I believe both the C425 and the C628 used the 251C 16 cylinder turbocharged 4 stroke engine.  When comparing the two locomotives, the C425 was just a smidge under 60' long while the C628 was just under 70'.  I realize that the C628 was six axle but even given that the C628 seems to dwarf the C425.  Admittedly I never saw either in actual use but being a CNW fan, I have seen numerous photos of both in use in northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan and the C628 seems massive in comparison.  Anyone have any thoughts they'd like to share.  Thanks.

Bruce

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Posted by mandealco on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 3:22 PM

The C-628 was built to carry a steam generator in the space behind the cab.  They also had the dynamic brakes ahead of the central air intake instead of being above the prime mover as on 4-axle Centuries.  When a C-628 was built with a steam generator, the dynamic brake resistors were installed above the prime mover.

The long hood also contained a larger electrical cabinet on the C-628.

They looked huge with that high short hood.  I have a Zito yellow one in N-scale.

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Steve
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Posted by wjstix on Tuesday, July 02, 2019 3:44 PM

Bruce Frierdich
Admittedly I never saw either in actual use but being a CNW fan, I have seen numerous photos of both in use in northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan and the C628 seems massive in comparison. Anyone have any thoughts they'd like to share.

I got to see them in the UP back in 1986. For someone used to seeing trains pulled by SW-1200s, "massive" would pretty much sum up how the C-628s looked to me.

 

Stix

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