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ALCO DH643

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Power type  Diesel-hydraulic
Serial number  S-3374-01 – S-3374-03
Build date  September 1964
Order number  S-3374
Model  DH-643
ALCO DH643
Builder  American Locomotive Company (ALCO)

The ALCO C-643DH, also known as the Century 643DH, was a twin-engine diesel-hydraulic locomotive, the first diesel-hydraulic road unit built in the United States. It had a C-C wheel arrangement and generated 4,300 horsepower (3,200 kW). Only three were built, all for Southern Pacific Railroad in 1964 (#9018–#9020). The Alco C-643DHs joined 21 Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 diesel-hydraulics already on the Southern Pacific's roster. These hydraulic-drive diesels spent most of their service lives in the flat San Joaquin Valley in California.

Dissatisfaction over the poor performance of diesel-hydraulic locomotives, as well as their use of foreign-made components (the hydraulic transmission was of German Voith design), eventually led Southern Pacific to scrap the C-643DHs in 1973.

References

ALCO DH643 Wikipedia


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