ALCO Century 415

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ALCO Century 415
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder ALCO
Model Century 415
Build date 1966 – 1968
Total produced 26
 • AAR B-B
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Prime mover ALCO 251-F
Engine type Turbocharged four-stroke diesel
Cylinders 8
Performance figures
Power output 1,500 hp (1,100 kW)

The ALCO Century 415 was a diesel-electric locomotive of B-B wheel arrangement produced by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) as part of their Century Series of locomotives.


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).

Service history[edit]

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 three C415s numbered 21, 701 and 702.[1]

Original owners[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rare Alco Returns to Service in Iowa". Railfan & Railroad. November 2011. p. 24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Alco's C415 - Original Owners". TrainWeb. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  3. ^ Oberg, Leon (2010). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-2010s. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 352–353. ISBN 9781921719011.
  4. ^ a b c "Preserved Alco and MLW-built Centuries". The Diesel Shop. 23 November 2006. Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  5. ^ Exhibits Pilbara Railway Historical Society
  6. ^ "Everyone Loves a Parade". Railfan & Railroad. September 2010. p. 22.
  7. ^ "Buffalo Southern Railroad (BSOR) Locomotive Photographic Roster". RR Picture Archives. Retrieved 2018-02-15.