ALCos For Sale

rutland-205-960In Volume 16, Number 2 of the RRHS Newsliner, Robert W. Adams wrote an article titled “How Rutland RS1 #405 Became GMRC #405”. That article included a chart from his collection, dated July 31, 1962, showing information on the Alco RS-1’s and RS-3’s, their mileage totals from the Rutland as of that date, and their rebuild dates. The article was informative on it’s own, but this chart is even more handy if you are a modeler of the Rutland in the late 1950’s.

For example, if you model August 1957, all of the RS-3’s you would have on your layout should be with air-cooled turbochargers, meaning the exhaust stack would be in it’s offset placement as built. If you modeled August 1958, RS-3’s 200, 204, and 208 would have the water-cooled turbocharger, meaning an exhaust stack that is centered on the long hood. If you modeled August 1959, all RS-3’s would have the water-cooled turbocharger. 207 would be bright and shiny as it was the last one overhauled, and was released from the shops in Rutland in August 1959.

This chart is also very handy for dating photos. It’s 50-plus years now since Rutland Alco’s hauled freight, photo collections change hands and information such as dates go missing. Not all photographers are detail-oriented and recorded dates either. By looking at the exhaust stacks, it can help place photos within a year at least.

Rutland Railway Corp.
Unit Date
Built
Builders
No.
Diesel
Engine HP
Diesel Eng.
Serial No.
Diesel Eng.
Type
Date
Installed
Miles since
Installed
Unit
Miles
Top
Deck
Overhaul
Mileage
Since
Overall
200 9-13-50 78252 1600
10851 244 10-1957 215,579 703,422
201 5-1-51 78594 1600 10704 244 1-1959 149,693 669,766
202 6-7-51 78880 1600 11518 244 11-1958 174,508 681,166
203 6-8-51 78881 1600 12884 244 9-1958 175,459 697,388
204 6-12-51 78882 1600 10615 244 8-1958 172,470 671,283 9-21-61 None
205 8-13-52 80155 1600 10261 244 7-1959 108,320 557,759
206 8-13-52 80156 1600 10679 244 5-1959 93,490 534,441
207 8-13-52 80157 1600 10241 244 8-1959 116,418 566,126
208 8-14-52 80158 1600 11022 244 7-1958 160,828 604,894
401 10-19-51 79350 1000 6204 539 Original 313,921 313,921 2-11-59 56,557
402 10-30-51 79572 1000 6251 539 Original 224,129 224,129
403 11-8-51 79573 1000 6252 539 Original 301,953 301,953 2-5-60 34,354
404 11-16-51 79574 1000 6253 539 Original 320,448 320,448 1-5-61 16,049
405 11-21-51 79575 1000 6254 539 Original 321,717 321,717 12-2-59 35,507
Rutland RS-3’s used Model 244-RH-1 has serrated type Engine Block
Repairs to chassis made as running repairs, no general repairs to chassis have been made.7/31/62

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