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What is an ALCO FA?

The ALCO FA was a family of B-B diesel locomotives designed to haul freight trains. The locomotives were built by a partnership of ALCO and General Electric in Schenectady, New York, between January 1946 and May 1959. They were of a cab unit design, and both cab-equipped lead ( A unit) FA and cabless booster ( B unit) FB models were built.

Are any of the ALCO FA locomotives still in use?

Many preserved, some under restoration, rest scrapped. The ALCO FA was a family of B-B diesel locomotives designed to haul freight trains. The locomotives were built by a partnership of ALCO and General Electric in Schenectady, New York, between January 1946 and May 1959.

When did the ALCO FA-2 engine come out?

In 1950, the Montreal Locomotive Works, an affiliate of Alco, began production of FAs as well. In the Fall of 1950, an upgraded model, the FA-2, was launched. This model featured an uprated Model 244 engine, with an output of 1600 horsepower.

What kind of engine does an ALCO FPA 4 have?

Finally, the 1,800 hp (1,300 kW) FPA-4/FPB-4, powered by the 251 V-12 engine, was built between October 1958 and May 1959 by ALCOs Canadian subsidiary, Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW). The FAs, as well as their cousins, the ALCO PAs, were born as a result of ALCOs development of a new diesel engine design, the Model 244.

When did the FA-2 engine come out?

In the Fall of 1950, an upgraded model, the FA-2, was launched. This model featured an uprated Model 244 engine, with an output of 1600 horsepower. Additionally, the carbody was lengthened, making possible the addition of a steam generator in the A unit to allow for use in passenger service. Models equipped as such were designated the FPA-2/FPB-2.

What happened to the ALCO FA-1?

When production ended on the FA-1, Alco was able to sell 672 A and B units to nearly twenty domestic railroads (including those built at its Montreal Locomotive Works for Canadian roads). In October of 1950 the builder released its upgraded FA-2, which featured a slight increase in horsepower and longer carbody at 54 feet.

When did the ALCO S2 diesel come out?

The Alco S2, like the S1, was born out of the companys long history (even by 1940) of studying and developing small diesel locomotives that dated back to 1918. Their first true diesel line began with a series of switchers produced in 1931.

What is an ALCO FA locomotive?

ALCO FA. The ALCO FA was a family of B-B diesel locomotives designed to haul freight trains. The locomotives were built by a partnership of ALCO and General Electric in Schenectady, New York, between January 1946 and May 1959. They were of a cab unit design, and both cab-equipped lead (A unit) FA and cabless booster (B unit) FB models were built.

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