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Those Incredible ALCOs, Vol 1


Those Incredible ALCOs, Vol 1
Diesel Dinosaur Delights - The Early Years Alco! The name alone invites emotion. To an Alcophile, there's nothing sweeter than the wheezing, whistling, barking sound produced by a smoke-belching, burbling Alco diesel. Simply sighting them is cause for elation. In our three-volume series, we'll explore the magical qualities these diesels cast over the throngs of enthusiasts who seek them out. Our goal was to document an example of every Alco model remaining in operation, a journey which took us throughout North America. You'll be amazed at what we found on our travels.

Volume 1 covers the early years of the Alco diesel. Locomotive models are presented in chronological order by their first production dates. Switcher models that are powered with the Model 539 prime mover, such as the HH660, S-1, S-2, S-3, and S-4, are shown in operation along with RS-1 and RSD-1 roadswitchers. We follow Alco's progress with the introduction of the Model 244 engine in both freight and passenger diesels. Model RS-2, RSC-2, RS-3, and RSD-5 units are viewed working for various shortlines, museums, and industrial users.

Exhilarating scenes show the last two operating Alco PAs pulling passenger trains in Mexico. Volume 1 concludes just before the release of the Model 251 engine. Join us in this quest for "diesel dinosaurs" as we seek out Those Incredible Alcos!

Locomotive Models Railroads
HH600 * Santa Fe
HH900 * Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
HH660, HH1000 Relco
S1 Maine Coast
S2 Tioga Central
Buffalo Southern
RS-1 Livonia, Avon & Lakeville
RSD-1 Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
FA Potomac Eagle
PA National Railways of Mexico
RSC-2 Mid-Continent Railway Museum (MILW 988)
RS-2 Michigan Southern
Detroit & Mackinac
S-4 Connecticut Central
RS-3 Paperton Junction Southern (private)
Batten Kill
Magma Copper
RS-20 Green Bay & Western (on lease to Badger Mining)
Tioga Central
S-3 Winnipesaukee & Pemigewasset Valley
RSC-3 * Pacific Great Eastern
RSD-5 Western Maryland Scenic
* Still picture only  

117 Minutes

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