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#1 charliechan



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:36 AM

Arkansas & Missouri purchasing first EMDs
By Chris Guss
Published: July 1, 2013
EMD SD70ACe No. 1201 will become part of the Arkansas & Missouri locomotive fleet later this year.
Photo by Steve Smedley
SPRINGDALE, Ark. Arkansas & Missouri's all-Alco locomotive roster will end later this year when the railroad accepts delivery of three SD70ACes from EMD. The 139-mile short line operates between Monett, Mo., and Fort Smith, Ark., and is famous for its fleet of Alco's hauling tonnage over the Ozark Mountains.
EMD is selling three of its demonstrator SD70ACes to the short line, Nos. 1201-1203. SD70ACe No. 1201 is the EMD demonstrator painted in Caterpillar colors that was unveiled at Caterpillar's exhibit at MINExpo this past fall in Las Vegas, Nev.
Arkansas & Missouri's Chairman Reilly McCarren tells Trains News Wire that the railroad had looked into acquiring AC locomotives in the past, but could not justify their acquisition until now.
The 139-mile railroad was originally part of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad that became part of Burlington Northern. Burlington Northern sold the line to A&M in 1986. The railroad's south end has grades that reach 2.7 percent, making AC traction attractive to A&M. McCarren says the new units will come equipped with distributed power, allowing the railroad to increase tonnage on its existing trains without exceeding the drawbar limits on the grades.
McCarren says, due to the high utilization of their road power, the three new SD70ACes will handle the road freight duties for the entire railroad. Current operations have a turn starting in Springdale in the early morning, making a round trip to Monett and back. Later in the evening, the road power off the Monett turn heads south from Springdale making an overnight turn to Fort Smith, returning in time for the power to begin the cycle again.
With new locomotives will come a new paint scheme. McCarren says the corporate colors used on the existing locomotive fleet will not change, but the design will. A&M employees requested a more modern look for the locomotives, which will be applied to the EMDs. Road numbers for the new locomotives will be Nos. 70-72 and are expected to arrive in September. Once delivered, A&M plans to retire a number of Alcos in its fleet.
All three SD70ACes have been sent to Progress Rail's Mayfield, Ky., shop for installation of distributed power and painting prior to delivery to A&M.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:55 PM

As my Dad used to say when it was time to load up and go home from some fun day at the park, whatever...

"Well kids, all good things must come to an end!"

And so it is that after 26 or so years, the A&M will no longer be strictly Alco powered.

However, Alco's will still power the switch and transfer jobs for some time to come.