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 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.

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.

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