ALCO RS2 and RS3

ALCO built the 1,500hp RS-2 from October, 1946 -May, 1950 and the 1,600hp RS-3 from May, 1950 -August, 1956.  The ALCO 12-cylinder 244B prime mover powered the RS-2 while the 244D powered the RS-3.  The initial CR roster listed RS-2's as 5200-5217 for inherited EL and LV units, and listed RS-3's as 5229-5593 for inherited CNJ, EL, LV, and PC units.  These units were all either rebuilt as RS3ms, or retired by the early 1980s.

AMTK 142 at Frankford Jct, Philadelphia, PA, 8-2-81

They weren't very pretty, but they sure did lots of work. Amtrak RS-3 #142 (ex-PC 5579/PRR 8479) poses in front of Shore Tower (Frankford Junction) Philadelphia, PA. 8/2/1981.

CR 5200 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Retired before being renumbered CR 5200, former LV RS-2 213 rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5201 Weehawkin, NJ 7-22-1977

LV RS-2 #214 (CR 5201) sits across the road from the yard office @ Weehawkin, NJ

CR 5201-Elizabethport NJ 3/78

CR 5201, a former LV RS2, is seen at Elizabethport NJ in March of 1978.

CR 5216 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-2 1005 did not last long as CR 5216. The Alco sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5235 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

CR RS-3 5235 (ex-EL 1015) rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5238 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1018 (CR 5238) rests retired along with sister-unit 1044 (CR 5260) in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5238 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Sitting in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977, former EL RS-3 1018 does not appear ready to rejoin the active roster renumbered as CR 5238.

CR 5238 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3's 1018 (CR 5238) and 1044 (CR 5260) rest in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5241 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1021 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5242 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1022 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5242 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1022 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5243 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1023 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5243 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1023 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5243 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1023 (CR 5243) sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5246 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1026 rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5246 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1026 will not be renumbered CR 5246 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5248 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR RS-3 5248 (ex-EL 1029) rests at the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

CR 5248-Eliabethport NJ 5/78

CR 5248 & 4109 are seen at Elizabeth Port NJ in May of 1978.

CR 5249 Newark, NJ 6/77

CR RS3 5249 exEL, NeeErie 1033 works at Waverly "5", Newark, NJ

CR 5252 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1036 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5253 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1037 (CR 5253) receives service outside the Juniata shops in August, 1977.

CR 5253 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

On track 17 outside the Juniata shops in August, 1977, former EL RS-3 1037 (CR 5253) awaits service.

The large lineup of former PC GP7 5874, GP40 3123, GP38-2 7955, GP35 2271, and ex-EL GP7 1242 (CR 5980) show the continuing ill state of the power plant after a year of CR operations.

CR 5253 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC GP40 3123 awaits service alongside GP38-2 7955, ex-EL RS-3 1037 (CR 5253), GP35 2271, and ex-EL GP-7 1242 outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 5260 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1044 (CR 5260) rests retired between sister-unit 1018 (CR 5238) and ex-PC S-2 9824 in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5260 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1044 is 26 years old in August, 1977. Sitting in the Juniata shops deadline, the ancient Alco does not appear ready to rejoin the active roster renumbered as CR 5260.

CR 5260 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1044 is 26 years old in August, 1977. Sitting in the Juniata shops deadline, the ancient Alco does not appear ready to rejoin the active roster renumbered as CR 5260.

CR 5262 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR RS-3 5262 (ex-EL 1046) rests behind ex-NYC E-8A 4094 in the Juniata shops deadline at Altoona, PA in July, 1978.

CR 5263 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1047 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5263 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

The fullness of the Juniata shops deadline clearly showed the reason for Conrail's motive power shortages in August, 1977. Mostly Alco's, like former EL RS-3 1047 (CR 5263), and F-7A's dominated the first row of inactive power.

CR 5263 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1047 rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977. The ancient Alco will not see renumbering to CR 5263 and a return to the active roster.

CR 5263 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1047 rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977. The ancient Alco will not see renumbering to CR 5263 and a return to the active roster.

CR 5264 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1048 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5266 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

EL RS-3 1050 will not be renumbered to CR 5266 as it rests at the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

CR 5266 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

EL RS-3 1050 will not be renumbered to CR 5266 as it has rested in the Juniata shops deadline from July, 1978 to August, 1979.

CR 5267 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

EL RS-3 1051 (CR 5267) rests in the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 5267 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

EL RS-3 1051 will not be renumbered to CR 5267 as it rests at the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

CR 5267 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

EL RS-3 1051 (CR 5267) rests retired at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5267 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1051 rests retired at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5269 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 5271 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Sitting behind the Juniata shops, EL RS-3 1055 has it's prime mover removed and appears ready for scrapping in March, 1978.

CR 5271 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

EL RS-3 1055 (CR 5271) undergoes parts removal outside the Juniata shops in March, 1978.

CR 5271 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

While SD40 6290 (ex-CNJ 3066) awaits servicing, many ALCo's operating days appear over outside the Juniata shops in March, 1978. CR C424 2492 (ex-RDG 5203) appears being readied for salvage with her number boards removed, an ex-EL C424 is lined out, and EL RS-3 1055 (CR 5271) is in process of demolition.

CR 5272 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

EL RS-3 1056 rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5272 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Former EL RS-3 1056 will not receive a CR 5272 stencil as the old Alco rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5272 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Former EL RS-3 1056 will not receive a CR 5272 stencil as the old Alco rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5273 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1057 rests at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5292 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

PC RS-3 5292 rests at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5292 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

New York Central lettering shows through on CR RS-3 5292 as the Alco rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5307 Cleveland, OH 11-15-76

Still dressed in it's austere PC paint scheme, Conrail RS-3 5307 rests at the former Erie Lackawanna facility in Cleveland, Ohio in November of 1976. This unit started life as NYC 8307 in 1951. Note steam generator stack and, despite looking like it's MU equipped, solid handrails.

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