Alco’s DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by
Alco’s DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by
Alco’s DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by
Alco’s DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by
Alco’s DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by
Alco’s DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by

Alco’s DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by

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Alco’s DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by
 
Alcos DL-640 Locomotive A Year of Demonstrations, A Half Century of Service by Christopher MacDermot and Richard Steinbrenner
Hard cover with dust jacker
Copyright 2008
175 pgs
More than 200 photographs and illustrations 80% in COLOR
ALCO's DL-640 locomotive of 1960, better known as the RS-27, was the first "high horsepower" - 2400 hp - four axle locomotive of an American locomotive builder in the early horsepower race among ALCO, General Electric, and EMD (General Motors).
Launched with year-long demonstration tours of two-unit and three-unit locomotive consists - accompanied by substantial PR and advertising - this was ALCO's attempt to get the jump on its competitors.
Chris MacDermot, then a young ALCO Field Engineer, was assigned to the two-unit locomotive, No. 640-4 and 640-5. Taken from his extensive notes of 1960 he has chronicled his year-long adventure with detailed insight into operations and dealings with the customer railroads, all the while keeping his management at ALCO happy. His ever-ready wit accompanies his narrative throughout.
Dick Steinbrenner has traced the careers of each of the 27 DL-640s produced in 1960-1962 through the years, right up thru 2007, at which time the final two survivors are still in operation - a record of remarkable longevity. His documentation unravels the migrations of each unit to a level of detail and accuracy not presented before.
The authors assess the impact that the DL-640 had on ALCO's place in the high horsepower market, initially and ultimately. They provide an ample appendix and bibliography in support of the details provided. This book provides a fresh perspective on this rare and often underrated locomotive, and it is sure to interest railroad motive power enthusiasts and those interested in railroad history.
Table of Contents:
FOREWORD2-3
By John V Sylvester Ill
PROLOGUE 3
Acknowledgements
DEDICATION / INTRODUCTION 4-5
The Railroad Scene: Then and Now
I Executing the Design of the DL-6406-13
Planning the DL-640 - - The Profit Dilemma - - Condensed Specifications of the DL-640 - - DL-640 Layout - - The Competition
II Demonstrating the DL-640 14-58
Preparations for Departure - - Shakedown: 640-1, 2, 3 on the Delaware & Hudson - - The New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad ('The Nickel Plate") - - Road to Road Transfer: Notifying the ICC - - Demonstrating the Alton & Southern - - The Louisville & Nashville Railroad: Kentucky Trials - - Touring
and Testing on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific - - Decatur, IL: The Wabash Railroad, Visit 1 - - The Chicago & North Western Railroad - - A Week on the Toledo, Peoria & Western - - The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad - - Northern Pacific and Great Northern Railroads - - The
Minneapolis and St. Louis Revisited - - Return Visits to TP&W and Wabash Railroads - - A Locomotive Recall: Changing the Engine Firing Order - - The Erie RR: Free Transportation to Binghamton - - The Delaware & Hudson Railroad - Formal Test Runs - - Wheelslip Tests on the Erie Railroad at Marion, OH - - The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad - - The Southern Railway - - The St. Louis Southwestern Railway - Demonstrators 640-1, 2, 3 at San Antonio - - The New York Central System - "Flexivan Service" - - The Erie Railroad: Final Visit - - The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad - -
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) - - To Los Angeles on the Santa Fe - - Meanwhile, Back at Schenectady - - Assessing the Demonstration - - Future Demonstrations and My Role
III Production  59-102
Predictors of Sales Success - - Sales and Delivery Data - - In the Customer's Hands: Green Bay & Western - - In the Customer's Hands: Union Pacific - - In the Customer's Hands: Chicago & North Western - - In the Customer's Hands: Soo Line - - In the Customer's Hands: Pennsylvania - - Why Didn't the DL-640 Sell? - - Summary Judgment - - How the Competition Fared
IV The Wandering Survivors 103-151
MLW Lessees - - Devco Railway - - ALCO 640-1 -Always a DL-640 at Heart - - Short Lived - Long Lived - - The Late, Great Green Bay & Western - - The Minnesota Commercial Railway - Last, but not Least - - A Fond Look Back
ENDNOTES152
APPENDIX
A-1 Chris MacDermot's Logbook 153
A-2Demonstration Report for the New York Central..154-167
A-3 Railroad Maps of the Twin Cities 168-171
KEY MAP Twin Cities and Vicinity - - TWIN CITIES TERMINAL St. Paul - -TWIN CITIES TERMINAL Minneapolis - - TWIN CITIES TERMINAL Minnesota Transfer/Minnesota Commercial
A-4 Technically Speaking 171-174
1. Getting Stopped: The Braking System
2. Diesel-Electric Propulsion - Automatic Transition
3. Multiple Unit Operation
4. How the Firing Order Change was Accomplished

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