OCTOBER 2018: Our special All-Alco Issue kicks off with Jim Rowland’s look behind the scenes at General Electric’s brief venture into rebuilding Alcos at the old Erie Railroad shops in Hornell, N.Y. Just months after Conrail’s formation in 1976, Greg Dzomibia takes us on a tour of the Alcos of Conway Yard, while Craig Rutherford explains how many railroads extended the lives of their road switchers by swapping Alco prime movers for EMD. We recognize a Rutland survivor and pay tribute to photographer Jim Shaughnessy. All this and more in the Octobert issue of Railfan & Railroad!
The year 1976 was a pivotal point for Northeast railroading, with the formation of Conrail. The new railroad would assign most of its inherited Alco Century power to Conway Yard, which becme the units’ home base for maintenance.