Some miscellaneous Alco’s

BNSF FAN May 16, 2018 at 4:24 PM

  1. BNSF FAN

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    Many of us here have a soft spot for Alco products including those from north of the boarder.

    Starting off with D&L C420 #405. This one has a colorful history that even shows a little. LV to D&H to Indiana Hi Rail to D&L. Just making the rounds. I believe that since this pic was taken several years ago, she has been repainted into the white and gray D&L scheme.
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  2. BNSF FAN

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    Here is another one from about 10 years ago. RE 803, a S2, at an elevator in I think Coles IL just a few miles northwest of Mattoon IL
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  3. Mike VE2TRV

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    Oooooo...:love: you got me at Alco...:D

    Very nice units in their natural state!
     
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  4. BoxcabE50

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    So cool! I wish I was able to see some current ALCo action. And to hear it again. Wow.
     
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  5. BNSF FAN

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    Me too!!!!
     
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  6. Mike VE2TRV

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    I'm with you there. Back in the 70s, when I visited the local depot during school lunch breaks, about half the time, there was at least one RS-18 idling there, and on occasion, one working to switch out cars before continuing. The contented burble of an idling 251 was a pleasant, even comforting sound for me. And to hear one or two rumble by at the head of a train, climbing the grade at run 8, now that's impressive! They had a lot less noise regulation back then, so I had the full benefit.

    Sweet memories...:)
     
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    Here's an MLW version. An ex CN M420W. This one was on the Morristown & Erie at the time of this photo which was late 2008 or early 2009.
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  8. Hardcoaler

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    Are these scanned 35mm slides BNSF FAN? If so, what model of scanner do you own? I bought and returned two different scanners several years ago because the results were poor and I am currently without one. You get what you pay for with slide scanners it seems.
     
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    Only the pic of the yellow S2 is a scanned pic. It was done using a Canon PIXMA MX472 (I think that's the right model number). It's really more of a document type scanner but does an okay job I guess. The others are from a mix of Canon DSLR cameras and one old Sony DSLR that actually used mini CD-R disc instead of SD or CF type cards.
    I too want to get a truly good photo scanner that can also handle slides and film negatives. My photo skills are not the best and I figure between a good type scanner and some photo shop software to help with color adjustments, that would be a big help. My other photo problem is no matter how hard I try not to I always seem to shoot with the camera slightly tilted. It's something I do and don't even realize it until later. Some might say that's because I'm a little off kilter but who knows. :D
     
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    :) Thank you. I've boiled my slide scanner choice down to the Epson V600 or V800, but am at a standstill. The V800 is over three times the cost, but it scans three times the slides per scan and has other enhancements. I might order the lower cost V600 and see how it does, then send it back for a V800 if V600 quality doesn't suit.

    I also contacted Nostalgic Media in Atlanta to learn about commercial rates. A drive to Atlanta and back would be a long, all-day affair for me, but I wouldn't have to worry about losing my slides in the mail. Their fee is $0.35/Slide, which would be much higher than the cost of either scanner, but the work would be completed quickly and hopefully well.

    I'll eventually figure something out ....... :confused:

    I use Corel Paint Shop Pro for my photo editing. It's affordable, I'm happy with the results and the basics were easy for me to learn.
     
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    Here is a MLW C424 on the M&E near Phillipsburg NJ several years back.
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  12. BoxcabE50

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    Cannot think of who "ERS" is or was?
     
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    You know, that is a good question and honestly, I don't really know either. I thought maybe Eastern Rail Services but good ole Google says that is in the UK so batting zero on this one.
     
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    More Alco's hiding in NJ.
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    And another MLW in the NJ woods.
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  16. BoxcabE50

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    Won't be much left of these, after the scum get through with their dirty work.
     
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  17. Mike VE2TRV

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    That M420 on the M&E has some small sublettering "SLQ", which IIRC is St Lawrence & Atlantic Quebec. Interesting pedigree.

    The M420 was the first locomotive model to sport the new CN "Comfort Cab" or "Safety Cab". They beat out by a few months GMD's GP38-2W which have a similar cab with some small cosmetic differences.

    Fascinating historical note: during Quebec's 1998 ice storm, when power lines were down all over the province, particularly on the St Lawrence's south shore, CN lent several M420s (on the point of retirement) to help power some neighborhoods south of Montreal, where the damage was the worst. They took them off the rails and over city streets to strategic places where they could hook up the M420s' alternators to the local grid. Now there's some ingenuity!
     
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    This one sits at the Tn Valley Railroad Museum n Chattanooga TN.
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    Alco S2 JSWX 132 at work in Cayce SC (Just outside Columbia).
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  20. Hardcoaler

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    Nice to see that a Hartford & Slocomb unit survives and an Alco nonetheless! The H&S operated in southeastern AL had lots of modern boxcars in circulation during the era of per diem mania, but things wound down and most (but not all) of the H&S is gone today.
     
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