ALCO Century 415
|ALCO Century 415|
|Type and origin|
|Build date||1966 – 1968|
|AAR wheel arr.||B-B|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Engine type||ALCO 251-F|
|Power output||1,500 hp (1,100 kW)|
The C415 was a large switcher or small road switcher equipped with a raised cab mounted slightly off-center, with a lower, narrower hood on either side. The longer one contained the diesel engine, a 1,500 hp (1.1 MW) eight-cylinder turbocharged Alco 251-F, while the shorter contained auxiliaries. The C415 could be ordered with three different cab heights; a low one for minimum clearances, a regular height one, and an extra-height one for maximum visibility.
Trucks fitted were either Type B road trucks or ALCO Hi-Ad (high adhesion).
The locomotive was not that popular; 26 were built between 1966 and 1968 for seven different owners. The locomotive is still in use today. According to the November 2011 issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine, the Burlington Junction Railway now owns two C415s numbered 701 and 702.
- Hamersley Iron in Western Australia bought the prototype in May 1968, formerly lettered as ALCO 415. The locomotive was equipped with a medium height cab and AAR Type B trucks.
- Chehalis Western Railroad bought a single high cab unit with Hi-Ad trucks.
- Columbia and Cowlitz Railway bought a single high cab unit with Hi-Ad trucks. (Both the Columbia and Cowlitz and the Chehalis Western are Weyerhaeuser properties)
- Monongahela Connecting Railroad bought a single low cab unit with Hi-Ad trucks.
- Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad bought ten medium cab units with AAR Type B trucks.
- Southern Pacific Railroad bought ten high cab units with Type B road trucks.
- Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway bought two medium cab units with Hi-Ad trucks; these were passed to the Burlington Northern Railroad after a merger between the two railroads.
- Southern Pacific Railroad 2406 is in Monterrey, Mexico, lettered as Fundidora Monterrey Steel 25.
- Hamersley Iron 1000, formerly Alco Demonstrator 415 is at the Pilbara Railways Historical Society in Western Australia.
- Monongahela Connecting Railroad 701 is at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
- Chehalis Western Railroad 684 is at Fife History Museum.
- "Rare Alco Returns to Service in Iowa". Railfan & Railroad. November 2011. p. 24.
- "Alco's C415 - Original Owners". TrainWeb. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- Oberg, Leon (2010). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-2010s. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 352–353. ISBN 9781921719011.
- "Preserved Alco and MLW-built Centuries". The Diesel Shop. 23 November 2006. Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- Exhibits Pilbara Railway Historical Society
- "Everyone Loves a Parade". Railfan & Railroad. September 2010. p. 22.