ALCO Century 420

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ALCO Century 420
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
ModelCentury 420
Build dateJune 1963 – August 1968
Total produced131
Gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Prime mover251C
Performance figures
Power output2,000 hp (1,491 kW)

The ALCO Century 420 is a four-axle, 2,000 horsepower (1,491 kW) diesel-electric locomotive. 131 were built between June 1963 and August 1968. Cataloged as a part of ALCO's "Century" line of locomotives, the C420 was intended to replace the earlier RS-32 model.

Original Owners[edit]

Owner Quantity
Erie Mining 3
Ferrocarril del Sureste 2
Lehigh & Hudson River Railway 9
Lehigh Valley Railroad 12
Long Island Rail Road 30
Louisville & Nashville Railroad 16
Monon Railroad 18
Mississippi Export Railroad 1
New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad 1
Norfolk & Western Railroad 8
Piedmont and Northern Railway 2
Seaboard Air Line Railroad 27
Tennessee Central Railway 2

Since 2005, roughly 30% of C420 production exists. All units ordered by Mississippi Export, New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad ("Nickel Plate"), and Piedmont & Northern Railway have been scrapped.

The two units delivered to the Piedmont & Northern were the first of the Phase II units.

Phase break down:


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