Battery boxes on RS-2s

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Battery boxes on RS-2s

Post by bill8106 » Sat Feb 19, 2005 10:58 am

I was flipping through "Delaware & Hudson in Color, Volume 1" this morning, and noticed pictures of RS-2s that had their battery boxes moved from below the frame to the running board behind the cab, ala RS-3s. A stepped-up RS-3 type handrail is also present.

(For those that have the book and would like to see an example, compare the photo of #4006 on page 27, taken in 1949-50, to the same loco on page 51 in 1962).

The fuel fill is still on the side of the cab, but otherwise these units have an RS-3 profile.

Does anyone know when and why the D&H did this apparent retro fit? Was it during the repaintings to blue and gray lightning stripes?



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