Alco RSD5 Builder List and Phases

Chicago & North Western Alco RSD5 1604 at Huron, South Dakota, June 3, 1973. Bruce Black photo.
C&NW 1604 at Huron, South Dakota, June 3, 1973. Bruce Black photo.

Spotting Features

Chicago & North Western Alco RSD4 1515 at Watertown, South Dakota, May 31, 1970. Photographer: Bruce Black
Chicago & North Western Alco RSD4 1515 at Watertown, South Dakota, May 31, 1970. Photographer: Bruce Black

Except the trucks, externally there were no differences between the Alco RSD4 and the RSD5 which followed. RSD4’s had much deeper drop equalizers that rode close to the rail, well below the retainer clip on each journal. The RSD5 introduced a much higher drop equalizer that extended to near the top of the retainer clip.

Nothing illustrates this difference better than this photo. This is a C&NW RSD4 with the original truck under the long hood and a newer RSD5 truck under the short hood, which replaced the original.

Builder List

YearDatesRailroadOrderBldr NumberQty
Total204
1951March-AprilChesapeake & Ohio 5570-557479427-794315
1952AprilChesapeake & Ohio 5575-557979702-797065
1952May-JuneChesapeake & Ohio 5580-558979945-7995410
1952June-JulyChesapeake & Ohio 5590-559580189-801946
1952AugustAlco 1606801951
1952AugustAT&SF 2110-2113S320480196-801994
1952SeptemberAT&SF 2114-2116S320480200-802022
1952OctoberAT&SF 2117-2119S320480203-802053
1952OctoberPennsylvania Railroad 8446-8447S320480206-802072
1953MarchPennsylvania Railroad 8448-8451S320480208-802114
1953MarchSouthern Pacific 5294S3214802121
1953AprilSouthern Pacific - T&NO 170S3204802131
1953AprilCentral Railroad of New Jersey 1615802861
1953AprilAT&SF 2120-2121S321480287-802882
1953AprilAT&SF 2122-2129S321480407-804148
1953AprilSouthern Pacific - SSW 270-272S321480415-804173
1953AprilSouthern Pacific 5295S3214804181
1953AprilSouthern Pacific - T&NO 171-172S321480419-804202
1953MaySouthern Pacific - T&NO 173-176S321480421-804244
1953MaySouthern Pacific - T&NO 185-186S321480425-804262
1953MaySouthern Pacific 5296-5302S321480427-804337
1953MaySouthern Pacific 5303S3219805821
1953JuneAT&SF 2140-2151S321980587-8959712
1953JuneAT&SF 2130-2136S321980599-806057
1953JulySouthern Pacific 5304-5307S321980583-805864
1953JulyAT&SF 2137S3219806061
1953AugustAT&SF 2138-2139S321980770-807712
1953AugustAT&SF 2152-2156S321980772-807765
1953AugustMilwaukee Road 2150-215280777-807793
1953SeptemberChicago & North Western 1665-166780780-807823
1953SeptemberSouthern Pacific - T&NO 155-158S322380783-807864
1953SeptemberSouthern Pacific 5336-5339S322380787-807904
1953SeptemberSouthern Pacific - T&NO 159S3223807911
1953OctoberSouthern Pacific - T&NO 160-169S322380792-8080110
1953OctoberMilwaukee Road 2153-215580802-808043
1953OctoberAT&SF 2158S3223808051
1953NovemberAT&SF 2159-2162S322380806-808095
1953NovemberFerrocarril del Pacifico 801-80880810-808178
1953DecemberFerrocarril del Pacifico 809-81080818-808192
1953DecemberBirmingham Southern 160808551
1953DecemberFerrocarril del Pacifico 811-81380856-808583
1954MarchChicago & North Western 1684-168580859-808602
1954AprilChicago & North Western 1689-169080861-808622
1954AprilChicago & North Western 1686-168880863-808653
1954AugustFerrocarril del Pacifico 814-82180866-808738
1955JanuaryFerrocarril del Pacifico 822-82780874-808796
1955AprilSouthern Pacific 5445-5448S322780880-808834
1955NovemberNacionales de Mexico 6900-690180884-808852
1955NovemberSouthern Pacific 5494-5497S322780886-808894
1955NovemberUtah Railway 306816961
1955DecemberSouthern Pacific 5498-5502S322780890-808945
1956JanuarySouthern Pacific 5503-5507S325981765-817695
1956JanuaryFerrocarril del Pacifico 828-82981770-817712
1956FebruaryFerrocarril del Pacifico 830-83281772-817743
1956FebruaryFerrocarril del Pacifico 833818801
1956MarchFerrocarril del Pacifico 834-83581881-818822

Ownership Ranking

RankOwnerQty.Percent
204100.0%
1Southern Pacific
- Texas & New Orleans
- St Louis Southwestern
6330.9%
2AT&SF5225.5%
3Ferrocarril del Pacifico3517.2%
4Chesapeake & Ohio2612.7%
5Chicago & North Western104.9%
6Milwaukee Road62.9%
7Pennsylvania Railroad62.9%
8Nacionales de Mexico20.9%
9Alco demonstrator10.5%
10Birmingham Southern10.5%
11Central Railroad of New Jersey10.5%
12Utah Railway10.5%

Sales

MarketQty.Percentage
204100%
USA16781.7%
Mexico3718.3
Canada00.0%
International00.0%

USA Regional Distribution

RankRegionQtyPercentage
167100%
1West11669.5%
2Northeast3319.8%
3Midwest169.6%
4Southeast10.6%

West

RankRailroadQtyPercentage
116100%
1Southern Pacific
Texas & New Orleans
St Louis Southwestern
6354.3%
2AT&SF5244.8%
3Utah Railway10.9%

Northeast

RankRailroadQtyPercentage
33100%
1Chesapeake & Ohio2678.8%
2Pennsylvania Railroad618.2%
3Central of New Jersey13.0%

Midwest

RankRailroadQtyPercentage
16100%
1Chicago & Northwestern1062.5%
2Milwaukee Road637.5%

Southeast

RankRailroadQtyPercentage
16100%
1Birmingham Southern1100%

Mexico

RankRailroadQtyPercentage
37100%
1Ferrocarril del Pacifico3594.5%
2Nacionales de Mexico25.5%

Builder List by Year

Summary

YearQtyPercent
204100%
19523919.1%
195311355.4%
19542110.3%
1955125.9%
1956146.9%
YearDatesRailroadOrderBldr NumberQty
Total204
1951March-AprilChesapeake & Ohio 5570-557479427-794315
1952AprilChesapeake & Ohio 5575-557979702-797065
1952May-JuneChesapeake & Ohio 5580-558979945-7995410
1952June-JulyChesapeake & Ohio 5590-559580189-801946
1952AugustAlco 1606801951
1952AugustAT&SF 2110-2113S320480196-801994
1952SeptemberAT&SF 2114-2116S320480200-802022
1952OctoberAT&SF 2117-2119S320480203-802053
1952OctoberPennsylvania Railroad 8446-8447S320480206-802072
1953MarchPennsylvania Railroad 8448-8451S320480208-802114
1953MarchSouthern Pacific 5294S3214802121
1953AprilSouthern Pacific - T&NO 170S3204802131
1953AprilCentral Railroad of New Jersey 1615802861
1953AprilAT&SF 2120-2121S321480287-802882
1953AprilAT&SF 2122-2129S321480407-804148
1953AprilSouthern Pacific - SSW 270-272S321480415-804173
1953AprilSouthern Pacific 5295S3214804181
1953AprilSouthern Pacific - T&NO 171-172S321480419-804202
1953MaySouthern Pacific - T&NO 173-176S321480421-804244
1953MaySouthern Pacific - T&NO 185-186S321480425-804262
1953MaySouthern Pacific 5296-5302S321480427-804337
1953MaySouthern Pacific 5303S3219805821
1953JuneAT&SF 2140-2151S321980587-8959712
1953JuneAT&SF 2130-2136S321980599-806057
1953JulySouthern Pacific 5304-5307S321980583-805864
1953JulyAT&SF 2137S3219806061
1953AugustAT&SF 2138-2139S321980770-807712
1953AugustAT&SF 2152-2156S321980772-807765
1953AugustMilwaukee Road 2150-215280777-807793
1953SeptemberChicago & North Western 1665-166780780-807823
1953SeptemberSouthern Pacific - T&NO 155-158S322380783-807864
1953SeptemberSouthern Pacific 5336-5339S322380787-807904
1953SeptemberSouthern Pacific - T&NO 159S3223807911
1953OctoberSouthern Pacific - T&NO 160-169S322380792-8080110
1953OctoberMilwaukee Road 2153-215580802-808043
1953OctoberAT&SF 2158S3223808051
1953NovemberAT&SF 2159-2162S322380806-808095
1953NovemberFerrocarril del Pacifico 801-80880810-808178
1953DecemberFerrocarril del Pacifico 809-81080818-808192
1953DecemberBirmingham Southern 160808551
1953DecemberFerrocarril del Pacifico 811-81380856-808583
1954MarchChicago & North Western 1684-168580859-808602
1954AprilChicago & North Western 1689-169080861-808622
1954AprilChicago & North Western 1686-168880863-808653
1954AugustFerrocarril del Pacifico 814-82180866-808738
1955JanuaryFerrocarril del Pacifico 822-82780874-808796
1955AprilSouthern Pacific 5445-5448S322780880-808834
1955NovemberNacionales de Mexico 6900-690180884-808852
1955NovemberSouthern Pacific 5494-5497S322780886-808894
1955NovemberUtah Railway 306816961
1955DecemberSouthern Pacific 5498-5502S322780890-808945
1956JanuarySouthern Pacific 5503-5507S325981765-817695
1956JanuaryFerrocarril del Pacifico 828-82981770-817712
1956FebruaryFerrocarril del Pacifico 830-83281772-817743
1956FebruaryFerrocarril del Pacifico 833818801
1956MarchFerrocarril del Pacifico 834-83581881-818822
  • Chicago & North Western 1689-1690 equipped with steam generators.
  • Chicago & North Western 1686-1688 equipped with dynamic brakes and steam generators, with a specialized high short hood to accommodate both.
  • Southern Pacific 5305-5307 equipped with dual control stations in cab.
  • Southern Pacific 5445-5448, 5494-5507 equipped with small signal lights
  • Southern Pacific 5336-5339 equipped with large barrel style signal lights.

Options

AT&SF –

Dynamic brakes – All units were delivered with dynamic brakes except steam generator equipped 2152-2156.

Steam generators – 2152-2156 were equipped with steam generators and ATS equipment.

Operation – All units were set up for short-hood first operation.

Chicago & North Western –

Dynamic brakes – All units were built without dynamic brakes except 1686-1688, which were hammerhead units with both dynamic brakes and steam generators in a raised short hood.

Steam generators – 1686-1690 had steam generators and ATS equipment; 1686-1688 also had dynamic brakes which required special hammerhead short hoods to also accommodate dynamic brakes.

Southern Pacific

Dynamic brakes – All units were delivered with dynamic brakes except SSW 270-272 and T&NO 185-186.

Steam generators – No units had steam generators.

Operation – SP 5305-5307 had dual cab control. All other units were set up for long hood forward operation except 5445-5448, 5494-5507 and SSW 270-272.

MU capability – All Southern Pacific RSD5’s had MU capability except T&NO 185-186

 

Reserve Passenger service

Steam generators

  • Chicago & North Western 1686-1690
  • AT&SF 2152-2156

Automatic Train Stop/Automatic Train Control

  • Chicago & North Western 1686-1690
  • AT&SF 2152-2156

Dynamic Brakes

  • Chicago & North Western 1686-1688
  • Ferrocarril del Pacifico 801-835
  • Southern Pacific 5294-5307, 5445-5448, 5494-5507, T&NO 155-176
  • Ferrocarril del Pacifico 801-835
  • Nacionales de Mexico 6900-6901
  • AT&SF 2110-2151, 2157-2162

No dynamic brakes

  • Southern Pacific T&NO 185-186, SSW 270-272
  • Milwaukee Road 2150-2155
  • Central Railroad of New Jersey 1615
  • Utah Railway 306
  • Chesapeake & Ohio 5570-5595
  • AT&SF 2152-2156 (equipped with boilers instead)

Hammerhead short hoods for both dynamic brakes and steam generators –

  • Chicago & North Western 1686-1688

Long hood/short hood operation

Long hood first

  • Chesapeake & Ohio 5570-5595
  • Southern Pacific 5294-5307, 5336-5339, T&NO 155-176,
  • Pennsylvania Railroad 8446-8451
  • Ferrocarril del Pacifico 801-835
  • Nacionales de Mexico 6900-6901
  • Milwaukee Road 2150-2155
  • Utah Railway 306

No multiple unit connections

  • Pennsylvania Railroad 8446-8451
  • Southern Pacific T&NO 185-186
  • Central Railroad of New Jersey 1615

Dual control stations in cab –

  • Southern Pacific 5305-5307

Long hood first

  • Southern Pacific 5294-5307, 5336-5339, T&NO 155-176,
  • Pennsylvania Railroad 8446-8451
  • Ferrocarril del Pacifico 801-835
  • Nacionales de Mexico 6900-6901
  • Milwaukee Road 2150-2155
  • Chesapeake & Ohio 5570-5595
  • Utah Railway 306

Short hood first

  • Southern Pacific 5445-5448, 5494-5507, SSW 270-272

Fuel tanks – 800 gallon cross-mounted tank

  • Central Railroad of New Jersey 1615
  • Chesapeake & Ohio 5580-5589

Fuel tanks – 1300 gallon mounted lengthwise –

  • Pennsylvania Railroad 8446-8451
  • Southern Pacific T&NO 170-176

Fuel tanks – 1800 gallon mounted lengthwise –

  • Milwaukee Road 2150-2155

Reference

  • Old ATSFRR – AT&SF Alco RSD5 roster
  • Diesel Shop – Alco RSD4/RSD5 roster
  • J. Michael Gruber, Diesels of the Milwaukee Road, Volume 1, Withers Publishing, 2010, pgs 170-171
  • John D. Hahn, Jr., Pennsylvania Railroad Diesel Locomotive Pictorial, Volume 1: Alco RS Series, Withers Publishing, 1993, pgs 44-46
  • Dr. Robert S. Harmen, DDS, “Diesels of the Utah Railway,” Diesel Era, May/June1994, pg 7-21
  • Larry Russell, Dan Dover, and Dick Will, “Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico Diesel Roster,” Extra 2200 South, Issue 45 (March-April, 1974), pg 21
  • John Nelson, “The Alco RS3: Alco’s Standard of Standards,” Mainline Modeler, August, 1984, pgs 42-53
  • John Nelson and Robert J. Zenk, “The Alco RS3: Spotting Guide,” Mainline Modeler, September, 1984, pgs 40-45
  • John Nelson, “The Phase II and IIa Alco RS3,” Mainline Modeler, February, 1985, pgs 54-60
  • John Nelson, “Alco RS3: Phase Three,” Mainline Modeler, April, 1986, pg 60-64
  • John B. McCall, Santa Fe Early Diesel Daze 1935-1953, Kachina Press, 1980, pg 260
  • Joe McMillan, Santa Fe’s Diesel Fleet, Chatham Publishing, 1975, pg 235
  • Joseph A. Strapac, Southern Pacific Diesel Locomotive Compendium, Volume 1: Pre-1965 SP Numbers, T&NO and Cotton Belt Subsidiary Roads, Shade Tree Books, 2004, pgs. 62, 64, 67, 69, 168, 169, 190
  • Joseph A. Strapac, Southern Pacific Historic Diesels, Volume 6: Diesel Locomotives of the Texas & New Orleans, Shade Tree Books, 1999, pgs 20-29
  • John R. Signor and John A. Kirchner, The Southern Pacific of Mexico and the West Coast Route, Golden West Books, 1987, pg 159
  • Paul K. Withers, Diesels of the Chicago & North Western, Withers Publishing, 1995, pgs 168, 171
  • Paul K. Withers, “Alco’s RSD-4 and RSD-5: The ‘Sure-Footed’ Road Switchers,” Diesel Era, March/April, 1998, pg 21-26