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Hi all, today I present to Alco RSD-16

Built in Schenectady plant between 1957 and 1958, is basically a variation of RSD-12. Its specification is DL-540 model and Argentina was the only buyer of this model. The purchase order was 130 units, of which only now are operating a 60/70 units, the others were radiated or scrapped. The remaining service operate freight trains on the mainline and switches, local passenger trains (Metra type), long distance (type Amtrak) and regional.

Data sheet:

Engine: 251-B Alco 12 cylinder

Vel. Max. : 120 kmh ( 74 mph )

Weight: 108.000 kgs. (238.099 lbs)

Axle: 18 tn

Starting tractive effort: 22,500 kg ( 49.570 lbs)

Continuous tractive effort: 19,250 kg (42.410 lbs)

Brakes: 6-SLAV Westinghouse. And here it make a clarification. Although the original design establishes the air brake and vacuum brake locomotive for freight cars and passenger cars, currently not all locomotives kept the original system. The original system that keep the air-vacuum is operating passenger trains, while the load were modified to stop the air freight cars. This is a result of the modernization of freight cars in the 90s, which received air systems for braking.


Early years and state era 1957- 1992:

At presente state regional railroad:

At present

Private Freight RR:

At present local and regionals passenger trains operating:

Dick H

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