OCTOBER 2019: Dale Woodland takes us on an exploration of Reading Company’s Alco fleet, while Gordon Lloyd, Jr., takes us on a hunt for the elusive “Hammerhead” high-hood RS-3. Brian Lazarus recalls Alco’s early partnership with General Electric and styling the PA and FA streamlined cab units, while Bruce Kelly takes us trackside on BNSF Railway’s scenic Libby Bypass in Montana. All this and more in the October issue of Railfan & Railroad!
Reading Company had a wide variety of locomotives from Alco, rostering 118 units of nine different models. These locomotives were purchased between 1926 and 1967, and ranged in size from 300 to 3,000 hp.
We knew it was coming to an end; we just didn’t know how quickly. A sense of urgency accompanied each trip to New Haven territory. Every frame fired off felt like a small victory. The anachronism was surreal, these ancient covered wagons following a path to the future.