Alco Serial #s for 18-19?

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Alco Serial #s for 18-19?

Postby mandealco » Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:31 pm

Hi
I have 2 blank Alco Builders plates that I wish to have stamped with the serial numbers of M&E 18 & 19. I have the following data, but need to have it confirmed before I get the plates stamped:

Model: DL 640A
Built: 9-1964
Serial #: 3382-01 & 02.

Can someone confirm these for me? Also, is the date format 09-64 or 9-64?

These 2 awesome Alcos turn 50 in 2 years and these plates would look great on them for their 50th.

Rudy, do you have a photo of them with your finished airwork?

Cheers
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Re: Alco Serial #s for 18-19?

Postby Sandy Burton » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:07 pm

Steve,

My records show the same builder numbers. However, I can't help you with the date format.

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Re: Alco Serial #s for 18-19?

Postby mandealco » Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:51 pm

Thanks Sandy. I'll keep Googling plates till I see one built in the first 9 months of the year.

Keep September 2014 free, we may be back.

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Re: Alco Serial #s for 18-19?

Postby therudycometh » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:48 pm

18 and 19 are actually unique cases as far as builder's numbers. They were built as ALCO #3382-01 (18) and #3382-01 (19) in September of 1964. However, they were both totaled on the TP&W in a wreck in early 1965, and were sent back to ALCO for rebuilding. They were so badly destroyed that ALCO actually gave them NEW serial numbers in June of 1965, #8181-01 (18) and #8181-02 (19). So it really depends on what you're looking to use - if you want their original builder's numbers on the plates, just know that they only had those builders numbers for the first 9 months out of their 48-year career.

I never did the lettering on 18, so only 19 is done. Here's a photo though:

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Re: Alco Serial #s for 18-19?

Postby mandealco » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:28 pm

Thanks for the info Rudy, and the great photo. So, when would they celebrate their 50th? When do we come back? Are their original (2nd) plates still about?
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Re: Alco Serial #s for 18-19?

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:44 pm

All rosters I've seen do give the build date of 9/64.
Since my friend continues to chain smoke nonstop, she is probably an Alco.
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Re: Alco Serial #s for 18-19?

Postby therudycometh » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:02 pm

mandealco wrote:Thanks for the info Rudy, and the great photo. So, when would they celebrate their 50th? When do we come back? Are their original (2nd) plates still about?
Cheers
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I've never seen a photo of either 18 or 19 with its builder's plate intact while on M&E property, dating back to when they were still in TP&W paint.

I guess their 50th would technically be September of 2014, since even though they got new serial numbers in 1965, they were BUILT in 9/64.
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