Photo of the Week
February 2, 2003
week we are going to continue with the Panama Railroad with an excellent
old photo taken in 1951 by Andy Demes. Everyone remembers these
great locomotives pulling freight and passengers back and forth on the
isthmus. This locomotive is a Alco RS-3 diesel. This was the
first of four that replaced the old steam locomotives. They had to
be specifically built for the 5 foot gauge track used in the Canal
Zone. The normal gauge used in the U.S. was 4' 8.5".
The yellow/orange and black were the early colors. When the Bicentennial
came in 1976, they were all painted red, white, and blue. Note the
old wooden passenger car. Boy do I remember riding in them!
Ahhh... those sweet memories!
|Historical Background of the
RS-3: Immediately after the end of WW II, the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) produced the RS, Road Switcher Diesels. The third version, the RS-3 ,was first delivered in 1950 to the Great Northern Railway. Over 1,272 were built by ALCO. RS-3ís have been used in local freight train service as well as commuter passenger service. The RS-3ís ran throughout the US, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, and S. America. Production of the RS-3 ceased in 1956.
Taken from ARISTO-CRAFT TRAINS web site.
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