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Re: PC: RS-3m's and H-24-66's

In trying to answer your questions...

Q1:  Altoona only did the first two re-built RS-3 "DeWitt Geeps".  5477 (ex NH
535) was released from Altoona on 4/7/72 with the short hood completely removed.
5230 (ex NYC 8230) was released from Altoona on 7/16/73 with the short hood
height cut down to about half.  The rest of the RS-3m program was then
transferred to DeWitt for the most part although some RS-3m's were done at
Wilmington, Del.  5240 was released from DeWitt on 8/73, 5242 on 9/17/73 and
5227 on 11/16/73.  Then in 12/73 all were renumbered into the 9950's and the
rest followed in that number series.  Everything after the first two had the
regular RS-3 type of short hood.

Q2:  All of the train masters remained painted in PRR paint with the 6700
numbers.  I believe that 6700 was the only in service train master running
during PC.  All the others sat on the Altoona deadline until their official
retirements on 12/30/70. 6700 was re-numbered to 6799 sometime in the 3 - 4 / 70
time frame in anticipation of the delivery of the new U23C's.  It ran in the
Chicago area as both 6700 and 6799.  It was also retired on 12/30/70.

rharris -AT- columbus.k12.oh.us on 09/17/2001 12:30:27 PM

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cc:    (bcc: Mark Branibar/USA/NA/Praxair)
Subject:  Re: PC: RS-3m's and H-24-66's

I'm trying to distract myself from the situation in America at this moment
by organizing future modelling projects.  However, my research ran into a
dead end, so I am asking for help from the group.

Q1:  PC shopped several RS-3's at Altoona.  The ALCO engine was removed and
surplus EMD prime movers were installed, creating RS-3m's.  (This was done
at the DeWitt Shops as well, but I am interested in the Altoona versions.)
Initially, the entire short hood was cut off creating a visual abomination.
Did Altoona create any RS-3m's and not mess with the short hood?

Q2:  Did any of the short-lived Fairbanks Morse TrainMasters (H-24-66)
receive a Penn Central paint job or were they retired in PRR livery?

Thanks, in advance, for any help.

Robin L. Harris

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