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D&H C420 #410 One of a kind C420 #410, with notches in the nose like an RS series loco. As a result of an accident, 410 was fitted with a cut down high nose, supplied by the then sister road Norfolk & Western, when the D&H was under Dereco control. Reproduced from a Bill Mischler slide ©copyright. Used by permission.

D&H C420 #413Not long after 'Conveyance Day', C420 #413 sits at Mechanicville, still in its previous owners colors -- note the hurriedly applied D&H logo on the nose and the white line striking through 'Lehigh' on the side. Reproduced from a Bill Mischler slide ©copyright. Used by permission.


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Locomotive Numbers:

ALCO - C420 (Class ARS-20)

Road Number (1): Road Number (2): Road Number (3): Road Number (4): Builder: Builder Number: Date Built: Date Received: Date Rebuilt: Rebuilt By: Date Retired/Sold:
LHR / 29 CR / 2077 401 DH / 420 ALCo 3463-03 7/1966 1980     Sold, 1987
                   
LV / 404   404   ALCo 3385-01 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 405   405 DH / 422 ALCo 3385-02 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 406   406 DH / 416 ALCo 3385-03 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 407   407 DH / 417 ALCo 3385-04 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 408   408   ALCo 3385-05 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 409   409 DH / 419 ALCo 3385-06 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 410   410   ALCo 3385-07 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 411   411   ALCo 3385-08 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 412   412   ALCo 3385-09 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 413   413   ALCo 3385-10 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 414   414   ALCo 3385-11 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
LV / 415   415   ALCo 3385-12 11-12/1964 3/1976     Sold, 1987
                     
LI / 200   200   ALCo 84722 12/63 01/1977     12/1977
LI / 201   201   ALCo 84723 12/63 01/1977     12/1977
LI / 202   202   ALCo 84724 12/63       12/1977
LI / 203   203   ALCo 84725 12/63       12/1977
LI / 204   204   ALCo 84726 1/64       12/1977
LI / 205   205   ALCo 84727 2/64       12/1977
LI / 206   206   ALCo 84728 2/64       12/1977
LI / 207   207   ALCo 84729 2/64       12/1977
LI / 208   208   ALCo 84779 2/64       12/1977
LI / 209   209   ALCo 84780 3/64       12/1977
                     

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Locomotive Specifications:

Engine: 12-251C
Trucks: B-B
Truck Type: AAR-B
Fuel (gals.): 3,100
Sand(CuFt):  
Weight(lbs): 262,000
Horsepower: 2,000
Traction Motors: GE-752
Tractive Effort: 57,200
Gearing: 74:18/64: 19

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Locomotive Information:

All second hand from L&HR and LV. As the result of an accident, 410 received a new nose made from a N&W high short nose. This resulted in a low nose with notches like an RS11/36. 401 (ex L&HR) went to the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad as their #58

In early 1976 through 1977, the Delaware and Hudson found itself with an ever increasing need for extra motive power.  This was due to the newly aquired trackage rights that was brought on by the formation of Conrail. 

In March of 1976 and then later in September of that year - the D&H Shops at Colonie, NY were used to store several High Hood ALCO C-420's that were being returned back to their original owner, the Railway Traction Company - as their leases had expired from the Long Island Railroad.  Seizing the opportunity to gain more ALCO Motive Power, the D&H leased several of these units for their own use in 1977.  All of the locomotives were quickly pressed into service - still wearing their MTA paint scheme, and keeping their original 200-series roadnumbers - while only receiving a small D&H Shield on the sides of the cab to signify their new operator.  As these locomotives did not have dynamic brakes, they were mostly used in the northern divisions of the railroad, where the terrain was not quite so mountainous.  And their tenure on the Delaware and Hudson was indeed a short one, as by the end of 1977 - all the units were either sold off or leased to other railroads.

 


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