ALCO RS2 and RS3 - Page 2

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.

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.

CR 5371 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

Whitelined former CNJ RS-3 1541 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

CR 5373 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

A hot day in July, 1977 has the crew of former CNJ RS-3 1543 (CR 5373) hard at work at Elizabethport, NJ.

CR 5373 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ RS-3 1543 (CR 5373) works the yard at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

CR 5373 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

The tracks are a bit overgrown on this hot July day in 1977 as the crew of former CNJ RS-3 1543 (CR 5373) work the yard at Elizabethport, NJ.

CR 5373 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

The crewman of former CNJ RS-3 1543 (CR 5373) hangs on as they work the yard at Elizabethport, NJ on a hot July day in 1977.

CR 5373 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ RS-3's 1552 (CR 5381) and 1543 (CR 5373) work the yard at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1977.

CR 5374 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Former PC RSD-12 6871 rests alongside RS-3 5374 (ex-CNJ 1544) in the Altoona deadline in March, 1978.

The previous summer, the CNJ blue RS-3 was working Elizabethport yard.

CR 5374 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Four of the five major predecessor roads are represented outside the Juniata shops in August, 1978.

CR GP-35's 2392 (ex-PC), 3677 (ex-EL 2571) and 3649 (ex-RDG), and ex-PC GP-38 7831 and SD-40's 6342 (PC 6089) and 6242 await service. CR RS-3 5374 (ex-CNJ 1544), however, undergoes parts removal prior to scrapping.

The previous summer, the old Alco was working Elizabethport yard.

CR 5374 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

CR RS-3 5374 (ex-CNJ 1544) works at Elizabethport, NJ on a hot July day in 1977.

CR 5377 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ RS-3 1547 (CR 5377) idles between a CR blue EMD switcher and ex-PC GP38 7785 outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in July, 1977.

CR 5377 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ RS-3 1547 (CR 5377) idles between a CR blue EMD switcher and ex-PC GP38 7785 outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in July, 1977.

CR 5378-Elizabethport NJ 5/78

Former CNJ 1548, now CR 5378, is seen at Elizabethport NJ in May of 1978.

CR 5380 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

CNJ RS-3 1550 (CR 5380) works with sister RS-3 CR 5396 (ex-CNJ 1704) at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

CR 5380 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

A trio of RS-3's (CNJ 1550, CR 5396 (ex-CNJ 1704), and unidentified) work the yard at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

CR 5381 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

CR RS-3 5381 (ex-CNJ 1552) has come a long way from working hard at the Elizabethport yard in July 1977.  Less than two years later in March, 1979, the units rests with number lined out in one of the Altoona deadlines.

CR 5381 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Doing what Alco's did best, CR RS-3 5381 (ex-CNJ 1552) smokes it up whie working the yard at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1977.

CR 5381 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

CR RS-3 5381 (ex-CNJ 1552) works the yard at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1977.

CR 5381 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

On a hot day in July, 1977, former CNJ RS-3 1552 (CR 5381), works the busy yard at Elizabethport, NJ.

CR 5381 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ RS-3's 1552 (CR 5381) and 1543 (CR 5373) work the yard at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1977.

CR 5383 Ringoes, NJ 4-19-1977

CR RS-3 5383 (ex-CNJ 1554) was spared from the scrapper's torch. The RS-3 rests at Ringoes, NJ in April, 1977 as a new part of the tourist road Black River & Western RR roster.

CR 5383 Ringoes, NJ 4-19-1977

CR RS-3 5383 (ex-CNJ 1554) was spared from the scrapper's torch. The RS-3 rests at Ringoes, NJ in April, 1977 as a new part of the tourist road Black River & Western RR roster.

CR 5384 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Ex-CNJ RS-3 1555 rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5388 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

CR RS-3 5388 (ex-CNJ 1563) rests retired between ex-EL E-8A 822 and CR crane 50152 at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5388 Morrisville, PA 7-9-1978

Whitelined CR RS-3 5388 (ex-CNJ 1563) coupled into a mixed freight at Morrisville in July, 1978.  The Alco would be lined up in the Juniata shops deadline just over a month later in August, 1978.

CR 5389 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR RS-3 5389, ex-CNJ 1564, rests at the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

CR 5389 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

CR RS-3 5389 (ex-CNJ 1564) rests retired along with CR Alco 9666 at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5389 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

A veteran crewman guides former LV SW9 281 (CR 8932) and RS-3 5389 (ex-CNJ 1564) behind the Elizabethport shops in July, 1977.

CR 5390 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR RS-3 5390 (ex-CNJ 1565) rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 5390 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

CR RS-3 5390 (ex-CNJ 1565) rests retired at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 5396 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

A trio of RS-3's (CNJ 1550, CR 5396 (ex-CNJ 1704), and unidentified) work the yard at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

CR 5397 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former CNJ RS-3 1705 was not renumbered CR 5397 before being stored at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5398 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

Former PC RS-3 5398 rests in the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1979.

CR 5475 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

Former PC RS-3 5475 rests at the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

CR 5481 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC RS-3 5481 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5481 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC RS-3 5481's days appear over as the ancient Alco rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5483 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC RS-3 5483 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5484 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

With the Juniata shops deadlines filled with RS-3's in March, 1978, former PC RS-3 5484 appears also being readied for retirement beside an unknown GP30.

CR 5486 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former LV RS-3 210 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5486 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former LV RS-3 210 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5487 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR RS-3 5487 (ex-LV 211) in line with a CNJ RS-3 outside the Juniata locomotive shops in late July, 1978.

CR 5487 Bethlehem, PA 4-16-1977

LV RS-3 211 smokes while idling outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.

CR 5487 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

It's April, 1977 and LV RS-3 211 waits for another assignment at the Bethlehem engine terminal.

Late in June, the RS-3 will be renumbered CR 5487.

CR 5487 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV RS-3 211 (CR 5487) idling alongside D&H GP39-2 7410 (ex-RDG 3410) and CR NW-2 9243 (ex-LV 181) at Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 5487 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV RS-3 211 (CR 5487) rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 5487 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV RS-3 211 (CR 5487) rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 5487 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV RS-3 211 rests between assignments at Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

Later in June, the RS-3 will be renumbered CR 5487.

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