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Those Incredible ALCOs, Vol 3


Those Incredible ALCOs, Vol 3
Sleek Century Behemoths - Late 251 Production & Beyond In the third of Pentrex's three-volume series about the incredible Alco diesel, the Century models show their muscle. These 251-powered locomotives were the last group produced by Alco before operations ceased in 1969. Montreal Locomotive Works continued to build these Alco-designed diesels until selling to Bombardier, which carried the torch until 1988. The progression of models built by these three companies is followed in chronological order to bring our series to a close. The search for sleek Century behemoths took us throughout North America. Surviving Alco C415, C420, C424, C425, C430, C628, C630, and C636 locomotives are viewed on main lines, shortlines, and industrial operations. MLW's RS37, C630M, M630, M636, M420, M420B, M420R, M420TR, and M420TR2 diesels lug, chug, and put on fantastic shows in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Bombardier LRC, M424, and HR616 units bring the series to an end. Our show concludes with a narrow-gauge DL535E diesel working in California's Imperial Valley. Isolation makes it a rare catch for all but the most hardy Alcophile. You'll see the unit hauling cars of raw material across 27 miles of desert. The newest 251-powered diesel in the U.S. is a fitting end to our celebration of the enduring Alco diesel.

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Locomotive ModelsRailroads
RS-37/424CP Rail
C-424 Morristown & Erie
Minnesota Commercial
Belt Railway of Chicago
C-420New York, Susquehanna & Western
Arkansas & Missouri
C-628National Railways of Mexico
C-625 Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern
New York & Lake Erie
Detroit & Mackinac
Wabash & Ohio
C-630Reading Co. Technical & Historical Society
Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia
M-630National Railways of Mexico
C-430New York, Susquehanna & Western
Morristown & Erie
C-415Industry at Huntington, WV
C-636, M-636Cartier
M-640 *CP Rail
M-420TRRoberval & Saguenay
M-420 Canadian National
M-420RIowa Interstate
M-420BBritish Columbia
M420TR-2Pacifico (Mexico)
M-424Pacifico (Mexico)
HR-412, HR-616Canadian National
DL-535EU.S. Gypsum (Plaster City, CA)
* Still photo only 

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