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ARKANSAS & MISSOURI MAY RETIRE ALCOS IN THE FUTURE

PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:47 am
by Alcoman
According to a news story, The A&M is investing millions of dollars in a new locomotive facility and new locomotives in the next couple of years which will mean the end of the ALCO's . It looks like its time to make another trip down there.

Here is a link to the story: http://tinyurl.com/63mafy8


Alcoman

Re: ARKANSAS & MISSOURI MAY RETIRE ALCOS IN THE FUTURE

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:35 pm
by MEC407
It looks like the future is about to arrive.

It was announced on the TRAINS Magazine web site today that A&M is purchasing three ex-EMDX demo unit SD70ACes. These units will reportedly be delivered in a modernized paint scheme which will utilize the traditional A&M colors. The announcement stated, "...the three new SD70ACes will handle the road freight duties for the entire railroad."

The specific use of the phrase "road freight duties" might possibly mean that A&M plans to keep some Alcos around for yard switching, locals, etc.

Nevertheless, the announcement did state that A&M will retire a number of Alcos as a result of bringing the new EMDs online.

The units being acquired by A&M are former EMDX 1201, 1202, and 1203. They will become AM 70, 71, and 72 (although the announcement didn't state whether or not they will be renumbered in that order). Paint and prep are being done at Progress Rail's Mayfield, Kentucky facility.

Re: ARKANSAS & MISSOURI MAY RETIRE ALCOS IN THE FUTURE

PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:57 am
by MEC407
Photo by Terry Redeker of EMDX 1202, now sporting A&M colors:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3593379

Re: ARKANSAS & MISSOURI MAY RETIRE ALCOS IN THE FUTURE

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:05 pm
by MEC407
Three of A&M's new SD70ACes have now had their lettering and logos applied.

Photos by Redeker Rail Video:

A&M 70

A&M 71

A&M 72


And a group shot by Joe Ferguson

Re: ARKANSAS & MISSOURI MAY RETIRE ALCOS IN THE FUTURE

PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:50 am
by lvrr325
Modern logo and paint scheme and old fashioned railroad roman numerals.

Re: ARKANSAS & MISSOURI MAY RETIRE ALCOS IN THE FUTURE

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:10 am
by bk77
MEC407 wrote:The specific use of the phrase "road freight duties" might possibly mean that A&M plans to keep some Alcos around for yard switching, locals, etc.


...For now, although I think its safe to assume the SD's are only the beginning of new power for the A&M. Curious to see whats coming next...

Re: ARKANSAS & MISSOURI MAY RETIRE ALCOS IN THE FUTURE

PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:54 pm
by lvrr325
You're not going to run the entire railroad on three engines; and given lower horsepower switch engines are not being made, and the ones that do exist are not cheap, I would expect Alcos to be around until it's utterly impossible to get parts or cannibalize parts to run them.