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ALCO C430 - RDG Class RSA-14

RDG 5211
RDG 5211
Built:
7/66
Serial number:
3441-1
Retired:
2/16/79
Scrapped:
9/81
DISPOSITION:
  To Conrail #2048
  Sold to Naporano Iron & Metal, 9/81
CURRENT STATUS:
  Scrapped
RDG 5212
RDG 5212
Built:
7/66
Serial number:
3441-2
Retired:
4/10/81
Scrapped:
11/81
DISPOSITION:
  To Conrail #2049
  Sold to Midwest Steel, 11/81
CURRENT STATUS:
  Scrapped

Info from Reading Company technical drawings:

Eight wheel diesel road switching locomotive - 3000 H.P. - Model Century 430
Class RSA-14
Built by ALCO Products, Inc. in 1966 - Nos. 5211 to 5212
Using trucks, traction motors, aux. gen, main power contactors rebuilt, from class RDG ClassRS-1 locos
Continuous rating tractive effort 54,140 lbs. at 17.5 M.P.H.
Locomotive Diagrams
side view side view
Weight on drivers: 5211 277,670; 5212 278,890 lbs. Engine - ALCO VEE Type Four
Total Weight: 5211 277,670; 5212 278,890 lbs. Cycle 16 cyl. turbo-charged
Tractive effort: 69,600 lbs. Speed - 1100 RPM max
Factor of adhesion - 25% Main traction alternator GTA-8
Max. permissible speed - 74 M.P.H. Exciter - Type GY-22
Gear ratio - 81:22 Aux. Generator - Type GY-27
Curvature - 191' rad. M.U. couped to train Traction Motors - Type GE-752
Curvature - 147' rad. (one unit) coupled to train Battery - 32 cells - 64 volts

Air Compressor - Model 3CDLL Sanders - 8 electrically operated
Journals - 6½" x 12"
Couplers - Type "E" top operated
Brakes - Clasp and Dynamic Fuel Oil - 3000 gals.
Brake Cylinders - 10" x 8" single acting Cooling Water 340 gals.
Air Brake - W.A.B. 26L Sand - Total Capacity 48 cu ft
Air Reservoir capacity 60,900 cu. in Speed recorder - Type CP
Draft gear - National Malleable M-381 Radio - Motorola Model R43HHT-1179AA

Prototype Information

Reading was the first railroad to purchase the Alco C430 in 1966. They were also the only C430's ever built with standard AAR trucks (recycled from RS3's) instead of hi-adhesion trucks. RDG 5211 received the name Catawissa II and RDG 5212 was named Old Ironsides II. Both were named to commemorate early steam locomotives. A traffic downfall sidelined many Reading Alcos including the C430's in 1975.

Conrail reactivated the C430's and assigned them CR 2048 and 2049. CR 2048 was retired in 1979 and 2049 in 1981. Both units were scrapped in 1981. CR 2049 was the only one of the two to be repainted into Conrail blue paint. CR 2048 remained in painted-out Reading Company colors until the end.

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