ALCO Century 628

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ALCO Century 628
Hamersley Iron 2000 locomotive, Dampier.jpg
Preserved Hamersley Iron 2000 at 7 Mile Yard, Dampier, Western Australia in July 2003
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder ALCO
Model DL628
Build date December 1963 - December 1968
Total produced 186
 • AAR C-C
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Prime mover 16-251C
Generator 586A4 or 586C1R
Traction motors 752E6A
Performance figures
Power output 2,750 hp (2,051 kW)

The ALCO Century 628 was a six-axle, 2,750 hp (2,051 kW) diesel-electric locomotive. A total of 186 C628s were built between December 1963 and December 1968. There were 135 C628s built for U. S. railroads, 46 C628s were built for Mexican railroads and five C628s for Australia.

The C628 replaced the C624 (DL600C/RSD-41) as a part of ALCO's 'Century' line of locomotives. The C624 was intended to replace the earlier RSD-15 model, but was never built. The C628 was offered instead in August 1963.

Hamersley Iron purchased five to haul iron ore services in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Two were built in Schenectady and three by AE Goodwin in Sydney. All had been retired by 1982 with one preserved on a plinth in Dampier.[1]

SP purchased twenty-nine they got delivered 1965



  • No. 2000 preserved by the Pilbara Railways Historical Society[2]

North America[edit]

  • Nacionales de Mexico 610, former Delaware and Hudson 610 preserved at the Yucatán Railway Museum in Mexico
  • Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico 606, former Ferrocarril de Pacifico 606 preserved at the Yucatán Railway museum in Mexico


  1. ^ Oberg, Leon (2010). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-2010s. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 337–338. ISBN 9781921719011. 
  2. ^ Exhibits Pilbara Railway Historical Society
  • Alco Century 628 Study by Win Cuisnier (Preston Cook) Extra 2200 South Issue #54 Oct-Dec 1975 p.21.
  • Alco Century (and predecessors) Spec-Profile by Don Dover Extra 2200 South Issue #54 Oct-Dec 1975 p.22

External links[edit]

Media related to ALCO C628 locomotives at Wikimedia Commons