Posts Tagged ‘Alco diesel locomotives’

Alcos on the Gettysburg Railroad

July 29, 2022

Gettysburg Railroad Alco RS3 No. 56 and No. 1559 are in Aspers, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 21, 1978. The 56 was used on the Pennsylvania short line between 1978 and 1983. It is now on static display at the Railroad Museum of Long Island where it has been given roster number 1556.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Their Service Days are Over

July 15, 2022

John Woodworth and I found two trade-in Chesapeake & Ohio Alco RSD5 road switchers at the GE plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, in the late 1960s/early 1970s. They are C&O 2000 and C&O 2002 and both are mere hulks.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An Alco ‘Sandwich’

July 4, 2022

Eastbound Erie Lackawanna RS3 No. 1028 is sandwiched between two more Alco RS3s in Akron in October 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: In Familiar Territory

May 16, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco RS3 No. 918 is in the Brier Hill engine facility in Girard on July 15, 1973. The unit was built for the Erie Railroad so this is familiar territory for it.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Part Alco, Part Baldwin

May 9, 2022

We don’t know the name of the photographer who made this photograph. We do know it was created on July 22, 1973, and shows Erie Lackawanna 521, an Alco S2 with a Baldwin cab, working in Akron.

Collection of Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An Old Favorite From Akron

May 1, 2022

Here is an over-a-half-century-old favorite. After picking up some cars, Erie Lackawanna Alco C424 No. 2407 is pulling its eastbound train out of McCoy Street Yard in Akron. The image was made in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Note that it is passing the EL’s Akron passenger station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

An Alco in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

April 1, 2022

Mike Ondecker and I were railfanning the upper peninsula of Michigan when I caught Lake Superior & Ishpeming 1604, an Alco RS3, in Marquette on June 11, 1974.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Under AC Tower in Marion

March 28, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco RS3 No. 1023 pulls a westbound train past AC Tower in Marion in December 1966. AC controlled crossings involving four railroads. Aside from the EL, trains of the New York Central, Norfolk & Western, and Chesapeake & Ohio passed by AC Tower when this image was made.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Finding Something Special

March 14, 2022

Even in the winter of 1967/1968, Mike Ondecker and I knew this was special. As far as we knew at this time, Erie Lackawanna No. 7254 was the EL’s last operating Alco FA. It is shown here on the point of an amazing lash-up that includes an Alco FA, Alco RS3, EMD F3B and an EMD F3A. This train is heading eastbound in Kent. I’m thankful to have this memory.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Alco Switcher With a Noted History

February 21, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco S2 No. 518 works in Marion on July 29, 1972. The former Erie switcher was built in November 1948. It would later work for Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company where it was given a U.S. bicentennial livery. It would then later join the motive roster of short line Ashtbula, Carson & Jefferson.

Photograph by Robert Farkas