Lehigh & Hudson River Alco C420 24

Lehigh & Hudson River Alco C420 24 at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 9, 1964. Photographer: unknown.
Lehigh & Hudson River Alco C420 24 at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 9, 1966. Photographer: unknown.

L&HR C420 24

  • Group: Lehigh & Hudson River 23-24
  • Builder number: Alco 3431-02
  • Builder date: December, 1965
  • Horsepower: 2500
  • Prime mover: Turbocharged V-12 251C
  • Main generator: General Electric GT581
  • Traction motors: Four General Electric 752
  • Production: 131 units between June, 1963 and August, 1968

Lehigh & Hudson River 24 > Conrail 2074 > Maryland & Delaware 54 > Arkansas & Missouri 54

Built as Lehigh & Hudson River 24 in December, 1965. It became Conrail 2074 in the 1976 merger, and became Maryland & Delaware 54 circa 1980, then became Arkansas & Missouri 54.

L&HR placed four orders for C420’s:

  1. L&HR 21-22 in June, 1963
  2. L&HR 23-24 in December, 1965
  3. L&HR 25-26 in January, 1966
  4. L&HR 27-29 in July, 1966

The Lehigh & Hudson River was a 90-mile bridge line between the Pennsylvania Railroad, Reading, Central Railroad of New Jersey, and Lehigh Valley and New England. It dieselized in 1950 with eleven RS3’s, adding two more the next year.

Facing the overhaul of the RS3’s in 1960, the C420’s allowed for unit reductions and increased speed, at a time when traffic was increasing.

Alco designed a new blue and gray paint scheme for the C420’s. The new units performed well and six more were bought using RS3’s as trade in credit. The first two units of this order, L&HR 23-24, were wreck while being delivered, and had to be returned to Alco to be rebuilt. They were issued new builder’s plates with a March, 1966, date.

About This Image

Scanned from a 616 negative owned by Digital Rail Artist.

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