ALCO RSC-3

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ALCO RSC3
Arhs 4002 hawkesbury.jpg
New South Wales Government Railways 4002
Specifications
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder ALCO
MLW
Model RSC-3
Build date November 1950 – June 1955
Total produced 99
AAR wheel arr. A1A-A1A
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) and others
Length 53 ft 1 in (16.18 m)
Width 10 ft (3.05 m)
Height 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)
Locomotive weight 254,840 lb (115,590 kg)
Fuel capacity 800 US gal (666 imp gal; 3,028 L)
Prime mover ALCO 244
Engine type Four-stroke diesel
Aspiration Turbocharged
Displacement 8,016 cu in (131.36 l)
Generator DC generator
Traction motors DC traction motors
Cylinders V12
Cylinder size 9 in × 10 12 in (229 mm × 267 mm)
Transmission Electric
Top speed 65 mph (105 km/h)
Power output 1,600 hp (1,190 kW)
Tractive effort 42,470 lbf (188.92 kN)
Locomotive brake Straight air
Train brakes Air
Career
Locale North America, Central America, South America, Portugal, Australia, Pakistan

The ALCO RSC-3 was a diesel-electric locomotive of the road switcher type rated at 1,600 horsepower (1,200 kW), that rode on three-axle trucks, having an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement.

Used in much the same manner as its four-axle counterpart, the ALCO RS-3, though the axle load was spread out for operation on light rail such as are found on branch lines. This locomotive had much better success as an export unit than in the domestic market.

Original owners[edit]

Locomotives built by Alco[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Algerian Railways
5
DG1–DG5
FC Central Uruguayo
3
1601–1603
North Western Railway of Pakistan
26
3301–3326
to Pakistan Railways 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) gauge
Panama Railroad
3
901–903
5 ft (1,524 mm) gauge
São Paulo Railway, Brazil
12
550–561
1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) gauge
Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses
5
1521–1525
1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) gauge
Consolidated Railways of Cuba
6
1606-1611
Seaboard Air Line Railroad
12
1532–1543
to Seaboard Coast Line 1111–1117
Soo Line Railroad
4
372–374, 2380
2380 owned by Wisconsin Central Railway
Total 77

Locomotives built by Montreal Locomotive Works[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
New South Wales Government Railways
20
4001–4020
NSW 40 class
Pacific Great Eastern Railway
8
561–568
to British Columbia Railway
Total 28

Preserved[edit]

Locomotive ALCO RSC-3 7653, originally manufactured for CPEF, having operated in FEPASA, Ciminas and SPA Engenharia. Currently belongs to IRON and operates in rented Supervia.

Australia

  • 4001 Preserved at the NSWRTM Thirlmere
  • 4002 Preserved at the PRHS Western Australia
  • 4006 On static display Wickham WA

Brazil

See also[edit]