OCTOBER 2020: OUR ANNUAL ALL-ALCO ISSUE! Steven McKay takes us on the hunt for Alco survivors on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, while Gordon Lloyd, Jr., examines the later life of six-axle Alco “Gators.” We look back on the history of the misunderstood MRS-1 diesel, and remember the short-lived Alco-powered Elderberry Line in Ohio. Ken Karlewicz makes a huge splash with his New England themed Portfolio, and publisher Kevin EuDaly recounts an exciting day chasing Alco powered mine trains at Hoyt Lakes. All this and more in the October issue of Railfan & Railroad!
In response to growing Cold War tensions in the early 1950s, the U.S. Army solicited bids for the MRS-1 from General Electric, EMD, and Alco, in the hopes of developing a new diesel locomotive that could be deployed domestically as well as in foreign territory captured in battle.
In the freight railroad business it’s often difficult to determine what’s really going on. For instance, freight business is down all over the country in the last year. But is this something serious or just a temporary blip?