ALCO RS27

ALCo built the 2,400hp RS-27 (specification DL-640) from 1959-1962.  Of the 27 total units built, Conrail inherited 15 ex-PRR ALCo 251B V16-powered units from the Penn Central.  They retained their PC class AF24 number series as 2400-2414.

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One of 15 ex-PRR RS-27's, CR 2401 rests at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.
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A helper set drifts west through Orrville, Ohio heading for Big Run and another eastward push. DL-640 2401, a former PRR unit, joins a GP38 in this July 1977 photo.
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A pair of former PRR units work the former PRR Orrville yard, both now the property of Conrail. RS-27 (DL640) 2401 and C-425 2416 smoke it up as they drill some cars.
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Former PC RS-27 2407 waits for assignment at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.
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The face of former PC RS-27 2407 at Weirton, WV in August, 1978.
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Ex-PC RS-27 2407 was found waiting for assignment in Weirton, WV in August, 1978.
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Ex-PC RS-27 2407 waits for assignment at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.
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Ex-PC RS-27 2407 was still running strong at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.
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Former PC RS-27 2407 was still running strong at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.
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Former PC RS-27 2407 waits between assignments at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.
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Former PC RS-27 2407 waits between assignments at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.

Someone at the Weirton terminal took the time to paint the phone box CR blue!

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With former GP-9's 7074 and 7014 behind, former PC RS-27 2407 waits between assignments at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.
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A true survivor, the 2407 is the last Alco DL640 (RS-27) running on Conrail. Shown here at Center St in Youngstown,Ohio in August 1979 returning to Brier Hill after taking a transfer to Haselton yard. It would run right up until the 4 axle Alco purge of Thanksgiving 1979, and even get renumbered to 5099 just days prior to being deadlined. The 2052 behind it would survive to haul another day as NYS&W 3002 until it was wrecked and scrapped in 1985, the 2407 would never run again and was scrapped.
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One of 15 former PC RS-27's, CR 2409 rests with RS-11 7607 at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.
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Beside a pair of former RDG C630's, ex-PC RS27 2412 rests outside the Conway roundhouse in August, 1977.
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With one number board removed and doors hanging open, Alco RS-27 2414 looks like her operating days are over as the unit comes off the turntable in July, 1978.
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Another Alco has seen it's last days. CR RS-27 2414 being shuffled off the turntable outside the Juniata shops in July, 1978.
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Alco RS-27 2414 being positioned off the turntable by SW1200 9340 for more work cannabalizing parts before scrapping in July, 1978.
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Alco RS-27 2414 being positioned off the turntable by SW1200 9340 for more work cannabalizing parts before scrapping in July, 1978.
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Formerly Conway-based ex-PC RS-27 2414 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.
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A rare bird indeed, by November of 1979 all the ex PRR/PC Alco DL640's (RS27) were in deadlines or scrapped except for one, the 2407. A good runner, it managed to toil away until the Alco purge of Thanksgiving 1979. For a few brief days it ran with the new number of 5099, one of the very few Alco's that operated in the 5000 series, all in Youngstown, Ohio. The date is November 20th, 1979, 5 days before she would be shut down and deadlined with all the other 4 motor Centuries at Brier Hill, ending the 4 axle Alco Century era on Conrail.

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