Alco maintenance manuals

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Alco maintenance manuals

Postby jjsatorm » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:18 pm

I've started a project to scan & post maintenance manuals for Alcos. Purpose is to provide anyone needing one ready access. They are posted at the Fallen Flags site:

http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/manual/manual.html

So far, I've posted maintenance for the RS11/RSD12/RS18; and the S1/S2/RS1. Also, truck maintenance, and the manual on 244 engine governors. The rest will get posted when I get them scanned.
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Re: Alco maintenance manuals

Postby Allen Hazen » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:19 pm

This is a great project! These manuals, readily available in pdf form, will be a great resource for railroad history and railroad preservation. Thank you!
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Re: Alco maintenance manuals

Postby jjsatorm » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:59 am

I've still got maintenance & electrical for the C420, 251 engine maintenance, and parts for RS11 and RS3, plus some misc., to be scanned. I'll put out the challenge to any one else who wants to help out-if you got manuals that you're willing to share, I'll work with you to get them scanned in.
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Re: Alco maintenance manuals

Postby railfan365 » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:37 pm

One thing that wasn't clear to me from the RS-3 manual: Was the long hood always the front? Or did the LIRR just choose to run them that way most of the time?
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Re: Alco maintenance manuals

Postby Allen Hazen » Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:42 am

railfan365--
While we wait for someone who actually KNOWS to post a reply to your question... I think long-hood-front vs short-hood-front was usually a customer specified option in first-generation roadswitchers: the builders would install the controls in whatever configuration the customer wanted. With EMD types (GP-7, GP-9), eastern railroads TENDED (I'm sure there were exceptions) to specify long-hood-forward, and western to specify short-hood-forward. Given the number of different customers who bought the RS-3, I'd be surprised if there weren't at least a few ordered set up for short-hood-forward operation!
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Re: Alco maintenance manuals

Postby Alcoman » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:24 am

Allen Hazen wrote:railfan365--
While we wait for someone who actually KNOWS to post a reply to your question... I think long-hood-front vs short-hood-front was usually a customer specified option in first-generation roadswitchers: the builders would install the controls in whatever configuration the customer wanted. With EMD types (GP-7, GP-9), eastern railroads TENDED (I'm sure there were exceptions) to specify long-hood-forward, and western to specify short-hood-forward. Given the number of different customers who bought the RS-3, I'd be surprised if there weren't at least a few ordered set up for short-hood-forward operation!


The CNJ opted for Dual controls on some RS-3;s which allowed for operation either way. CNJ 1554 on the D-L had dual controls when it first arrived in Scranton.
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Re: Alco maintenance manuals

Postby Alcoman » Thu May 04, 2017 4:42 pm

I sell or trade Maintenance Manuals as well as some parts catalogs for various ALCO and MLW models. Contact me off this forum for a list.
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