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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by inflammable View Post
    Thanks for sharing your photos. At the Railroad Museum where I volunteer, we have two ALCo MRS-1's. One runs, one doesn't.

    I'm halfway interested in the Overseas Fleet, they aren't high on my list, but I still like to hear of them occasionally.

    How did you go about building your models? Are they standard gauge?

    On another forum, I posted some photos from the ALCo multigauge trucks: Elvas Tower.
    Hello

    Alaska Railroad bought some Alco MRS-1:

    ARR #1601 is an Alco MRS-1 (verses the EMD MRS-1 like ARR #1718). It was built for the Army (#B2049) in 1953 was purchased by the ARR in November 1974 and retired/sold/scrapped in 1983. Originally designed to be used in Europe and the mid-east. They have variable gauge trucks and low clearance cab/hood to operate on foreign gauge rails and through the small European tunnels. ARR wound up with a batch of these and they were used in road freight and yard service.

    In total 13 Alco units were transfered to the Alaska RR. Six units were aquired by the ARR in november 1974 (units B2049, B2050, B2053, B2054, B2055 and B2059) renumbered to 1601 - 1606. In April 1975, a second delivery was done of 7 units (B2056, B2061, B2067, B2073, B2075, B2077 and B2100). The first 6 were renumbered to 1607 - 1612, while unit #2100 (ex US Navy 65-00586) only served for spare parts.

    US No. ARR No. Aquire Retired notes
    date date
    B2049 1601 11/74 11/83
    B2050 1602 11/74 11/83
    B2053 1603 11/74 1984
    B2054 1604 11/74 1984
    B2055 1605 11/74 1984
    B2059 1606 11/74 1984

    B2056 (1607) 04/75 06/76 retired before renumbering to ARR number
    B2061 1608 04/75 11/83
    B2067 1609 04/75 11/83
    B2073 1610 04/75 1984
    B2075 1611 04/75 11/83
    B2077 1612 04/75 11/83
    2100 parts 04/75 ----- cannibalized for parts for other Alco's

    Special thanks to Jeff Childs, Randy Thompson and Stefan Nicolaļ for the above information!



    Last edited by 1718; 02-15-2011 at 02:55 PM.

  2. #42
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    Hello from France.



    You can see #1718 running like written below:

    "Unit 1818 (#1718) even gained "video fame" in the rail video:

    "Alaska: Steel Rails in the Midnight Sun"

    by Patrick A. Hunstinger of Mind's Producktion Anchorage."

    PH-steel-rails-dvd.jpg

    In this video, the MRS-1 #1718 gives for only about 5 minutes (including a cab ride) a wonderful performance.
    Last edited by 1718; 03-23-2013 at 08:03 PM.

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