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Re: PC: Power Reallocation Question
- Subject: Re: PC: Power Reallocation Question
- From: "Gerhard A. Stuebben" <stuebben@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 18:40:06 -0700
ebulman -AT- bidmc.harvard.edu wrote:
> If I recall correctly, most of the Boston area Alco power left by 1973.
> Does anyone out there recall this, and the reasons behind this (better
> maintenance at Cedar Hill perhaps?). Thanks.
I suspect the reason was retirement/scrapping. By 1973, PC was getting
rid of first generation Alcos system-wide. According to the often
mentioned PC System Bi-Annual, about 1500 locomotives (of all
manufacturers) were retired during 1968-73. Another Alco hot spot,
Morrisville, PA, lost it's Alco switchers (S-2 and S-4) and early
roadswitchers (RS-1 and RS-3) around 1974. Also, around 1973, PC was
repowering RS-3s with EMD engines -- sure to take a bite out of an
already drindling roster. The repowered units hung on through the early
On the other hand, the big second generation Alcos (C-628 and C-630)
from PC, Reading, and LV were still pulling coal trains out of Mingo
Jct. in the late 1970s. And I was still able to photograph RS-11s in
service at Morrisville in 1977.
FYI, Amtrak RS-3 #140 was in Boston as late as March 1977, but I do not
know whether it was previously owned by PC.
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