Penn Central Alco T6 9848

Pennsylvania Railroad Alco T6 9848 at Camden, New Jersey, in 1968. Photographer unknown.
PC 9848 at Camden, New Jersey, in 1968. Photographer unknown.

PC T6 9848

  • Group: Pennsylvania Railroad¬†8424-8429
  • Railroad class: AS-10a
  • Builder number: Alco 82861
  • Alco specification: DL440
  • Builder date: March, 1958
  • Horsepower: 1000
  • Prime mover: Turbocharged Alco 6-cylinder inline 251B
  • Main generator: General Electric GT584
  • Traction motors: Four General Electric 752
  • Production: 27 units from March, 1958 to January, 1969

Pennsylvania Railroad 8428 > Penn Central 9848 > Conrail 9848

Built as Pennsylvania Railroad 8428 in March, 1958, part of a single order for six units. It became Penn Central 9848 in the 1968 merger, and Conrail 9848 in the 1976 merger.

The T6 was the successor to Alco’s S6, and had very little success. In chronological order:

  1. Pennsylvania Railroad 8424-8429, in March, 1958
  2. Norfolk & Western 10-49, three orders between January and October, 1959
  3. Kaiser Steel 1022-1023, in December, 1959
  4. Altos Hornos 126-127, in December, 1964
  5. American Cyanamid 16-17, in June and July, 1966
  6. Portland Terminal 46-47, in February, 1968
  7. Monongahela Connecting 400, in July, 1968
  8. Newberg & South Shore 1016-1017, in January, 1969

After the Pennsylvania’s initial small order, Alco found only a single enthusiastic buyer, the Norfolk & Western, with three orders in 1959. After that, no buyer placed a repeat order, and Alco was only able to market the model to shortlines and industrial operations, with no individual sale over two units. The only international sales, a mainstay of Alco’s business, were the two units to Altos Hornos, a steel producer in Mexico. The two Newberg & South Shore units in 1969 were the last locomotives Alco ever built.