Saturday, January 09, 2010

Diesels on Prince Edward Island, Part 4

Previous: 44 tonners, 70 tonners, Fairbanks-Morse units.

The next type of diesel-electric locomotive to visit PEI was the MLW RSC-13 units. They started working on PEI in 1967, displacing the Fairbanks-Morse units. The RSC-13 was essentially a 1000 HP Alco RS-1 with smaller fuel tanks, a different cab, with A-1-A trucks for use on light branchline track. CN's RSC-13 units were built between 1955 and 1957 and were numbered 1700-1734. They served for about 20 years, before being retired in 1975 and 1976.

Sightings on PEI from various sources:
1968/10/12: 1733, 1732, 1734
1975/04/29: 1732, 1702
1975/04/30: 1732, 1727, 1700, 1730, 1734
1975/05/01: 1727, 1730, 1734, 1732, 1702
1975/10/24: 1719, 1727, 1734

I am told the ugly duckling MLW RSC-24 also served on PEI, although I have not found any photos of them there.

An unusual sighting was CN 8211 in Borden, PEI on July 1969. 8211 was an MLW S-12 and I did not realize they served on PEI at all.

I will wrap up the series next time with the RSC-14s, the last diesels to serve on PEI.

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