ALCO RS11 - Page 2

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 7639 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

EL RS-3 1053 (CR 5269) rests between former PC E-8A 4248 and RS-11 7639 in the Altoona deadline in March, 1978.

CR 7640 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR RS-11 7640 follows low hood 7612 and 7642 in a trio of former LV RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7640 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR RS-11 7640 follows low hood 7612 and 7642 in a trio of former LV RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7640 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR RS-11 7640 follows low hood 7612 and 7642 in a trio of former LV RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7640 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR RS-11 7640 follows low hood 7612 and 7642 in a trio of former LV RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7640 Bethlehem, PA 12-26-1978

The "LV" is showing through on the nose of RS-11 7640 as it rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal in December, 1978. 

CR 7640 Bethlehem, PA 12-26-1978

The "LV" is showing through on the nose of RS-11 7640 as it rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal in December, 1978.

CR 7640 Bethlehem, PA 12-26-1978

CR RS-11 7640 (ex-LV) rests outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in December, 1978.

CR 7640 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

Ex-LV RS-11 7640 waiting for assignment outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.

CR 7640 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

Lehigh Valley is still visible on the flanks of CR RS-11 7640 as the crew maneuvers through the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 7641 Bethlehem, PA 8-27-1978

Former LV RS-11 7641 idles by the Bethlehem turntable, waiting for ex-L&HR C420 2077 to couple up and go to work in August, 1978.

CR 7641 Bethlehem, PA 8-27-1978

Former LV RS-11 7641 teams up with ex-L&HR C420 2077 at the Bethlehem engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 7641 Bethlehem, PA 8-27-1978

Former LV RS-11 7641 readies for work with C420 2077 outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1978.

CR 7641 Bethlehem, PA 8-27-1978

Former LV RS-11 7641 waits for ex-L&HR C420 2077 to go to work at Bethlehem in August, 1978.

CR 7641 Bethlehem, PA 8-27-1978

Former LV RS-11 7641 on the move through the Bethlehem engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 7642 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

Ex-LV RS-11 7642 runs in the middle of a trio of RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7642 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR 7642 (ex-LV) follows low hood RS-11 7612 in a trio of Alco RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7642 Allentown, PA 8-27-1978

CR RS-11 7640 follows low hood 7612 and 7642 in a trio of former LV RS-11's at Allentown yard in August, 1978.

CR 7642 Bethlehem, PA 4-16-1977

Alcos were common at Bethlehem in the spring of 1977. This day in April has CR Alco RS-11s 7642, 7641 and C420 2073, along with 2 SW-8Ms, at the roundhouse.

CR 7643 Allentown, PA 5-28-1977

Former LV RS-11 7643 (CR 7643) works the scenic Allentown yard in May, 1977.

CR 7643 Allentown, PA 7-16-1978

CR RS-11 7643, stenciled CR but still in Cornell red, works at Bethlehem in July, 1978.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 4-16-1977

Still adorned in Cornell red, LV RS11 7643 (CR 7643) lined up with ex-L&HR C420 at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 5-28-1977

Still adorned in Cornell red, LV RS11 7643 (CR 7643) idles outside the Bethlehem roundhouse.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 5-28-1977

LV RS-11 7643 idling at the engine terminal before heading out to work Allentown yard in May, 1977.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

CR RS-11 7643, stenciled CR but still in Cornell red, works at Bethlehem in July, 1978.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

LV RS-11 7643 and SW-8 273 idle by the turntable in Bethlehem.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

Even at idle, former LV RS-11 7643 RS smokes it up at the Bethlehem turntable in August, 1977.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

There is no CR blue to be seen in this LV group of SW-8's 273 and 264, and RS-11 7643, outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

In a typical summer, 1977 scene at the Bethlehem roundhouse, LV RS-11 7643 belches smoke behind an idling LV SW-8 273.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

LV RS-11 7643 and SW-8's 273 and 264 idle around the turntable while former L&HR C420 2073 shuffles an ex-LV caboose into the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.

Just over a year into CR operations and the CR blue and white on the caboose has already worn badly.

CR 7644 Bethlehem, PA 12/78

RS-11's 7644 and 7643 rest over the weekend @ Bethlehem, Pa. The two are assigned to service the exL&NE Cement Secondary..

CR 7644 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

CR RS-11 7644 (ex-LV) waits for assignment at the Bethlehem engine terminal in July, 1979.

CR 7644 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

CR RS-11 7644 (ex-LV) at the Bethlehem engine terminal in July, 1979.

CR 7645 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

With so many retired units in August, 1978, space was tight around former PC RS-11 7645 in the Juniata shops deadline.  An Alco RS-3 rests alongside.

CR 7647 Croxton (Secaucus), NJ 11/26/1976

Former PC RS11 7647 waits its turn at the Croxton Roundhouse to repair two carbody filters.

CR 7647 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR RS-11 7647 rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979.

CR 7648 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

An ex LV RS-11 in the Altoona deadlines.

CR 7651 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

CR RS-11 7651 follows 7652 by Bethlehem Steel in July, 1979.

CR 7651 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

CR blue RS-11's 7651 and 7652 run light past Bethlehem Steel in July, 1979.

CR 7651 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR RS-11 7651 rests at the Croxton yard engine terminal in March, 1979.

CR 7651 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR RS-11 7651 rests at the Croxton yard engine terminal  in March, 1979.

CR 7651 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR RS-11 7651 rests at the Croxton engine terminal in March, 1979.

CR 7651 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR RS-11 7651 rests at the Croxton yard engine facility in March, 1979.

CR 7651 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR RS-11 7651 rests at the Croxton yard engine terminal in March, 1979.

CR 7652 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

Two successively numbered RS-11's are becoming a rare sight in July, 1979 as CR 7652 and 7651 roll by Bethlehem steel.

CR 7652 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

Two successively numbered RS-11's are becoming a rare sight in July, 1979 as CR 7652 and 7651 roll by Bethlehem steel.

CR 7652 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

Former PC RS-11's 7652 and 7651 idle alongside SD-9's 6908 and 6909 by the steam-era coaling tower at Bethlehem in July, 1979.

CR 7652 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

CR blue RS-11's 7651 and 7652 run light past Bethlehem Steel in July, 1979.

CR 7652 West Portal, NJ 10-6-1979

ALC-1 has just gotten the signal at West Portal to proceed from main track to the single track west..

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