ALCO S-2 and S-4

ALCO built the S-2 from August, 1940 - June, 1950, and the S-4 from June, 1949 - August, 1957. Power for the S-2's and S-4's came from ALCO's 1,000hp 539T straight-6 prime mover.  The initial CR roster listed only PC-inherited S-2's in seried 9633-9660 and S-4's in series 9695-9701, as well as both units in non-consecutive series in the 9700's and 9800's.  The S-2 was delivered with ALCO Blunt trucks, while the S-4 came standard with AAR type A switcher trucks.

BC 52 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Buffalo Creek S-2 52 rests in the Juniata deadlines in August, 1978.

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 7620 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

With numbers whitelined, snow-covered PC RS-11 7620 and S-2 9763 have seen their last days of operation at Morrisville in March, 1978. 

Alco RSD-12's were actively working the Morrisville yard into April, 1977, while the RS-11's continued to handle yard chores into the summer of 1977.  In the spring of 1978, however, all Alco's were gone and yard work was being handled by GP30's.

CR 9661 Buffalo, NY 08-26-76

Buffalo Creek Alco S-2 44 works their main yard in Buffalo, N.Y. in August 1976. Controlled by the Erie Lackawanna and Lehigh Valley, Conrail would totally absorb this small but busy line a couple of years after C-day, renumber several of their Alco switchers, then retire them in short order. BCK #44 would be renumbered to CR 9661.

CR 9665 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Buffalo Creek Alco S-2 50 (CR 9665) rests retired at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

The ancient S-2 (ex-D&H 3005 acquired 8-1956) was built 9-1945, and became part of Conrail at the beginning of operations in April, 1976.

CR 9667 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Buffalo Creek Alco S-4 52 (CR 9667) rests retired at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

The ancient S-4 (ex-EL 527) was built 1-1952, and became part of Conrail at the beginning of operations in April, 1976.

CR 9740 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

E-44's 4446 and 4401 have Alco S-2 9740 tagging along as they pause with their mixed freight at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 9763 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

With numbers whitelined, snow-covered PC RS-11 7620 and S-2 9763 have seen their last days of operation at Morrisville in March, 1978.

Alco RSD-12's were actively working the Morrisville yard into April, 1977, while the RS-11's continued to handle yard chores into the summer of 1977. In the winter of 1978, however, all Alco's were gone and yard work was being handled by GP30's.

CR 9796 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

Former PC S-4 9796 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1979.

CR 9807 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC Alco S-2 9807 rests retired along with a pair of ex-NYC RS-32's (2026 and 2036) at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 9824 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC S-2 9824 rests removed from the CR roster at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 9824 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL RS-3 1044 (CR 5260) rests retired with whitelined PC S2 9824 at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

RDG 50 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

RDG OE-8 class 50, an ALCo S-1, rests in the Juniata deadline in August, 1978.  Although reports suggest that four of the five Reading S-1's (50-54) were scrapped by 1964, with 53 surviving until 1969, this unit appears to have all the Reading markings of S-1 50.  The unit may have been retired but not scrapped and rested in deadlines from 1964-1978.

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