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Stumbled across this "MexiALCO" video on YouTube and its a pretty interesting watch.

Seems all the PGE/BCOL/BCR M630's ended up in Mexico and still got the same paint job.

I got pictures of nearly every PGE/BCOL M630 back in 70's/80's. Still running I cant believe it.

Lots of older GEunk  ended up in Mexico as well. A real smorgasborg of smoking locomotives.

Its hard to tell sometimes whether its a steam engine or a diesel...make the same sound and smoke.

 



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Helluva find there bud! Ya gotta ove the original BCOL/PGE livery RSSDs, and M-420s. The old 244 engines were never clean running engines. Only a few grunts with a special touch could get 'em ta run half-way cleaner. New(er) turbochargers, lean-burn injectors, and tweaking the shutters so they'd run hotter.

The late(er) 251 engined models in BCOL blue/red/white were the best/cleanest runners ever! But when the Canucks sold 'em all off, Delaware Lackawanna in Scranton, PA grabbed most of the spare parts for their own fleet of ALCOs.

Look for DL on YouTube tu. Lotsa ALCO action in upstate NY and Northern PA tu. Old 539/531 powered switchers tu.

Uke ove old ALCOs! Thanks The Krink



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I found those PGE/BCOL pictures and a few bonus shots. CP M630's at Port Coquitlam BC
and SPS/BN C636's at Interbay. If it weren't for the BN merger in 1970 I would have never
seen the entire ALCO fleet SPS had before they retired them. If it weren't for the MILW trains
from Tacoma to Bellingham after the BN Merger I'd still be "GEunk illiterate". The MILW ran
every model of U-boat in the GE catalog up to Bellingham from 1970-1980. U36C's on a
sphagetti rails to Sumas. Those were the days.



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BN inherited quite a few Alcos when that BIG merger happened in 1970. SP&S relied on 'em as main line power across their entire (small but a significant piece) 'system'. Early on, Uke was assigned to work with three, or four other guys on the leftovers from pre-merger SP&S that ended up at Hillyard and Parkwater.

They were strong luggers (six-axle, later 251 engined, GE electrics) than EMD, or GE road units. Thanks for the great pics Krink! Long live ALCO Power!

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My YouTube surfing took me to "Trains21" and he did some video of the Delaware Lackawana RR
which is an All-ALCO locomotive railroad still running them as if in a time warp. So no need to go
to Mexico Uke as the next time you go back your stomping grounds Scranton PA not far away.
This is one of many videos of the Delaware Lackawana ALCO power you can check out on YouTube.
Uke and others may appreciate the opening when a crewman is starting up 3 ALCO Bigs and yes it is cool.
Soak up the ALCO pleasure everybody...those old enough to remember.



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While hanging around bldg 2 in Erie GE i saw two kinds of traction motors.  Very different.

The ge was in the shape of a clam shell and the alco was kind of cylindrical.  Turns out that both were made by ge.

This was back in the mid-fifties and things may have changed.

 

Probably the best thing that ever happened to me was serving the machinist apprenticeship.  They treated me very well.

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Think ALCO quit issuing new locomotives stateside like late 60's. Think I remember
something that they would still be making parts. Unless you subsribed to Trains magazine
back in the 60's-70's where they would show locomotives for export at some loading dock.
Completely different cab designs and completely different model numbers. There is no
cross reference except for HP. You need to look no further than current day Indian railroads
for the greatest moments of the ALCO locomotive. Guessing 40yr old ALCO's on the point
of express passenger service with trains of 27-36 coaches long at 80mph+. Every passenger
train in India is as long as the Barnum Bailey Circus train which is the longest passenger train
I ever saw. Not many got to see the ALCO PA-2's in passenger service. So if you need to fuel
that "ALCO Beast" within...India is the place. Plenty of videos on Indian Railways today and
they are all exciting.


 



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I found this on the Indian Railways ALCO Fleet history/present.

24coaches.com/indian-railways-wdm-series/


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Still impressed with the Indian Railways videos on YouTube. The coolest rail video you
could ever hope for...a very up and down geographical location. Long Zoom I like a lot.
Heat waves oh plenty and the distortion. I will never visit this location ever but some
young "Indian Buckaroo" loves trains the same as me. The Indian Railways scene today
is pretty remarkable.

 



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