ALCO RS-32

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ALCO RS-32
Alco RS-32 2035 Diamond Branch Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad in Scranton, Pennsylvania.jpg
Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad RS32 #2035 switches the Diamond Branch in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Locomotive was built as NYC 8035
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder ALCO
Model RS-32, specification DL-721
Build date June 1961 - June 1962
Total produced 35
Specifications
AAR wheel arr. B-B
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Prime mover Alco 251C
Cylinders V12
Cylinder size 9 in × 10.5 in (229 mm × 267 mm)
Transmission Electric
Performance figures
Power output 2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
Career
Locale United States

Designated as a "DL721" by ALCO, the 2,000hp RS-32 was intended to compete with EMD's GP20 and GE's U25B locomotives. Only 35 units were produced, with 25 units ordered by New York Central in 1961 and 10 units by Southern Pacific in 1962. New York Central’s RS-32s were commonly seen in both road and local freight assignments. Southern Pacific's units were initially used in road service, but later settled into local freight service in San Francisco's "commute" territory. Here they were sometimes called upon to rescue stalled commuter trains. They later migrated across the system, ending their SP careers in Texas during the late 1970s with various other ALCo models.

Original owners[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
New York Central Railroad
25
8020-8044
renumbered 2020-2044,
Southern Pacific Railroad
10
7300-7309
renumbered 4000-4009
Total 35

Surviving RS32s[edit]

Original owner Owner Road number Status
New York Central Arkansas & Missouri 32 Operating
New York Central Railroad Genesee Valley Transportation (DL)
2035
Operating (FRR)
Southern Pacific Railroad Genesee Valley Transportation (DL)
211
Operating (DL)
Southern Pacific Railroad Fillmore and Western Railway
4009
Operating
Southern Pacific Railroad Fillmore and Western Railway
4004
Un-restored/Serviceable

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External links[edit]

Media related to ALCO RS-32 locomotives at Wikimedia Commons