ALCO RS11

Built from Feb 1956 to June 1961, the 1800hp 251B-powered ALCO RS11 gave strong competition to EMD's GP-9.

Even with it's quicker acceleration and higher tractive effort, the versatile RS-11 wasn't ultimately as successful as EMD's GP-9, and as a result Conrail inherited fewer of them than their GM counterparts. Being from a defunct manufacturer, they also became candidates for earlier retirement than the geeps as well.

Four RS11's were painted CR blue:  7630, 7644, 7651 and 7652.

CR 1772 F7A and other noses 1978 to 1998

Just a collection of early CR'd power nose shots surrounding SD80mac 4111, the pinnacle of Conrail's power. Left to right, F7A, SDP45, C630, C420, SD80mac, and RS11.

CR 7587-7654 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated E-8A 4320 (ex-PC) rests with a pair of former PC Alco RS-11's and CR SW-7 8877 (ex-LV 222) beside the South Amboy diesel shop on July 10, 1977.

CR 7601 Honeoye Falls, NY 8-1-1977

CR 7601 is working Beam Milling in Honeoye Falls on the CR Lima Branch on ex LV trackage. The mill provided a fair amount of Agricultural traffic and was located on the ex LV Hemlock branch. Yes, there really are a couple sets of tracks under all those weeds! I'm not sure of the exact date.

CR 7601 Lima, NY 3/21/1979

The Lima local has just arrived at the Lima Depot and will begin switching the local customers.

CR 7601 Lima, NY 3/21/1979

The engine on the Lima local eases down track that is barely visible as it passes by the old LV station.

CR 7601 Lima, NY 3/21/1979

A car is switched at Swifts in Lima.

CR 7601 Lima, NY 4/21/1979

The Lima local is working at Swift in Lima.

CR 7601 Mendon, NY 2/14/1979

The Lima local is at Rochester Jct. The 2nd car has a wheel off the track and the guys are busy trying to get things fixed. The old station canopy and the LV MOW barn are visible.

CR 7601 Mendon, NY 2/14/1979

Another view of the Lima local at Rochester Jct. The 2nd car had a wheel off the track. The number boards on 7601 are getting pretty tough to read.

CR 7601 Mendon, NY 4/21/1979

The Lima local heads North across the Honeoye Creek trestle.

CR 7601 N. Chili, NY 7/1977

An RS-11 is the power on a work train that is out along the mainline.

CR 7602 Rochester, NY 7/1977

An RS-11 heads out of Goodman Street yard with a local.

CR 7604 Mendon, NY 11/1978

I'm not sure of the date, but it looks like late fall. An RS-11 is in charge of the Lima local as it passes thru Rochester Jct. The train is on the old LV Rochester Branch and will cross over the old LV main to the Lima Branch. There is actually a 3 track yard hidden in all those weeds. 

CR 7604 Mendon, NY 11/1978

The Lima local is just South of Rochester Jct., at the Sibley Road crossing.

CR 7604 Rochester, NY 7/1977

An RS-11 does some switching at Goodman Street Yard.

CR 7607 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

Former PC RS-11 7607 rests in the Juniata shops deadlines in July, 1978.

CR 7607 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

Former PC RS-11 7607 rests behind RS-27 2409 at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 7610 Allentown, PA 08-20-1978

On a trip over to the Allentown area to find ex Lehigh Valley and Lehigh and Hudson River power I hit paydirt with this local. Conrail 7610, a low hood ex LV RS-11, CR 7643, a high hood ex LV RS-11, and CR 2074, an ex L&HR C-420 have a good size train in tow with the vacant JU tower in the background. I believe this train is heading out a piece of former CNJ/L&NE track.

CR 7610 Bethlehem, PA 4-16-1977

Nose shot of CR RS-11 7610, ex-LV 401, outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.

CR 7610 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11 7610 (ex-LV 401) rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal with sister unit 7612 and PC SD9 6908 in April, 1977.

CR 7610 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11 7610 (ex-LV 401) lined up with sister unit 7612 and PC SD9 6908 at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 7610 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11 7610 (ex-LV 401) lined up with sister unit 7612 and PC SD9 6908 at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 7610 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11 7610, ex-LV 401, rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 7610 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11 7610 (ex-LV 401) rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal with sister unit 7612 and PC SD9 6908 in April, 1977.

CR 7610 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11's 7610 (ex-LV 401) and 7612(ex-LV 403), along with SD-9 6908, prepare to move through the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 7610 Bethlehem, PA 5/78

A quartet of RS-11's make up a lite engine move to Manville, NJ

CR 7610 Sayre, PA 3-19-1978

4 ex LV RS-11's are departing Sayre with an Eastbound train.

CR 7610 Sayre, PA 3/19/1978

An Eastbound train departs Sayre with 4 RS-11s!

CR 7612 Allentown, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11 7612 (ex-LV 403) works the Allentown hump in April, 1977.

CR 7612 Allentown, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11 7612 (ex-LV 403) works the Allentown hump in April, 1977.

CR 7612 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR RS-11 7612 (ex-LV 403) leads a trio of RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7612 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

All former LV, low hood RS-11 7612 (ex-LV 403) leads a pair of high hood RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7612 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR RS-11 7612 (ex-LV 403) leads a trio of RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7612 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR RS-11 7612 (ex-LV 403) leads high hood RS-11's 7642 and 7640 in a trio of former LV Alco's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7612 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

The quick paint coverup doesn't hide the Lehigh Valley on the sides of CR RS11 7612 (ex-LV 403) as the old Alco rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal between sister unit 7610 (ex-LV 401) and PC SD9 6908 in April, 1977.

CR 7612 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

The quick paint coverup doesn't hide the Lehigh Valley on the sides of CR RS11 7612 (ex-LV 403) as the old Alco rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal with PC SD9 6908 in April, 1977.

CR 7612 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS-11's 7610 and 7612, along with SD-9 6908, head off to work at Bethlehem in April, 1977.

CR 7612 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR RS11 7612 (ex-LV 403) and former PC SD9 6908 wait for assignment outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.

CR 7617 Rochester, NY 3/25/1979

An RS-11 with an I Love NY sticker on its nose.

CR 7618 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

In April, 1977, PC-lettered RS11's 7623 and 7618 were working Morrisville yard.

The RS11's were worn following 8 years of PC-deferred maintenance, but the 251B V12 engine's were well liked for their acceleration and pulling power, and their expressive sound across the yard was unmatched.

CR 7619 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

D&H RS-3's in orange and white and the traditional blue and gray paint schemes rest next to ex-PC RS-11 7619, now white-lined, at one of the Juniata shops deadlines in March, 1978.

CR 7620 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

With numbers whitelined, snow-covered PC RS-11 7620 and S-2 9763 have seen their last days of operation at Morrisville in March, 1978. 

Alco RSD-12's were actively working the Morrisville yard into April, 1977, while the RS-11's continued to handle yard chores into the summer of 1977.  In the spring of 1978, however, all Alco's were gone and yard work was being handled by GP30's.

CR 7621 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC RS-11 7621 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 7621 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC RS-11 7621 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 7623 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

In April, 1977, PC-lettered RS11's 7623 and 7618 were working Morrisville yard.

The RS11's may have been pretty worn following 8 years of PC-deferred maintenance, and Conrail may have written them off in the last year, but the 251B's V12 engine was well liked by engineers for their acceleration and pulling power, and their unique sound was unmatched by EMD prime movers.

Sadly, freight cars like the white PRR 40' boxcar on the adjacent track were not quite so rare in Conrail's first year, and many railfans skipped the opportunity to spend our limited supply of film on them.

CR 7623 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Former RDG SW900 1508 (CR 8708) lines up with PC RS11's 7623 and 7618 at Morrisville in April, 1977, while a white PRR 40' boxcar rests on a foreground track.

CR 7629 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

Former PC RS-11 7629 waits for service at the Juniata shops backshop in August, 1978. 

In March, 1978, the Alco was in short-term storage with other units outside the Morrisville shops.

CR 7629 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

Parts removal has begun for former PC RS-11 7629 at the Juniata shops backshop in August, 1978,

The Alco joins a number of units, including former EL RS-3's and an E-8A, CR blue SD-45 6119, and ex-PC GP-35 2363, also awaiting service or parts removal at the backshop.

CR 7629 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

Covered by a recent snowfall, PC RS-11 7629 may have seen it's last operating days at Morrisville in March, 1978.  By August, the Alco had been transferred to Altoona, and was resting at the Juniata backshop.

CR 7630 Morrisville, PA 6-25-1977

One of only four CR RS-11's that were painted blue, 7630 works Morrisville yard with a sister unit in June, 1977.

Sadly, this was the last time I saw RS-11's working Morrisville yard.  By early 1978, GP-30's had replaced them.

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