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The ALCO RSC-3
was a diesel-electric locomotive of the road switcher
A road switcher is a type of railroad locomotive used for delivering or picking up cars outside of a railroad yard. Since the road switcher must work some distance away from a yard, it needs to be able to operate at road speeds, it must also have high-visibility while it is switching, and it must...
type rated at 1600 hp, that rode on three-axle trucks
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, having an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement.
Used in much the same manner as its four-axle counterpart, the ALCO RS-3
The ALCO RS-3 is a 1,600 hp , B-B road switcher railroad locomotive. It was manufactured by American Locomotive Company and Montreal Locomotive Works from May 1950 to August 1956, and 1,418 were produced — 1,265 for American railroads, 98 for Canadian railroads, 48 for Brazilian and 7...
, though the axle load
The axle load of a wheeled vehicle is the total weight felt by the roadway for all wheels connected to a given axle. Viewed another way, it is the fraction of total vehicle weight resting on a given axle...
was spread out for operation on light rail such as are found on branch line
A branch line is a secondary railway line which branches off a more important through route, usually a main line. A very short branch line may be called a spur line...
s. This locomotive had much better success as an export unit than in the domestic market.
Locomotives built by Alco
|| Road numbers
|FC Central Uruguayo
|North Western Railway of Pakistan
|| to Pakistan Railways
This article is about the rail company in Pakistan. For technical details and operations see: Transport in Pakistan.Pakistan Railways is a national state-owned rail transport service of Pakistan, head-quartered in Lahore. It is administered by the federal government under the Ministry of Railways....
|| 5 ft (1,524 mm) gauge
|São Paulo Railway
São Paulo Railway was a privately owned British railway company in Brazil, which operated the gauge railway from the seaport at Santos via São Paulo to Jundiaí...
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|Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses
|Seaboard Air Line Railroad
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|| to Seaboard Coast Line 1111–1117
|Soo Line Railroad
The Soo Line Railroad is the primary United States railroad subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway , controlled through the Soo Line Corporation, and one of seven U.S. Class I railroads. Although it is named for the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste...
|| 372–374, 2380
|| 2380 owned by Wisconsin Central Railway
The original Wisconsin Central Railroad Company was established by an act of the Wisconsin State Legislature and incorporated in February 1871. It built track throughout Wisconsin, connecting to neighboring states, before being leased to Northern Pacific Railway between 1889–1893...
| Total || 71 || ||
Locomotives built by Montreal Locomotive Works
|| Road numbers
|New South Wales Government Railways
The New South Wales Government Railways was the government department that operated the New South Wales Government's railways until the establishment of the Public Transport Commission in 1972. Although later known officially as the Department of Railways, New South Wales, it was still generally...
|| NSW 40 class
thumb|left|4001 at the NSW Rail Transport Museum in 2001The New South Wales 40 class were one of the first mainline diesel electric locomotives to be built for New South Wales. Built by the Montreal Locomotive Works of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, they were based on the ALCO RSC-3 design.There were...
|Pacific Great Eastern Railway
|| to British Columbia Railway
|Total || 28 || ||
- 4001 Preserved at the NSWRTM Thirlmere
- 4002 Preserved at the PRHS Western Australia
- 4006 On static display Wickham WA