ALCo PA-1 / PA-4
Obtained from the Santa Fe in December of 1967 and painted in a blue version of the Santa Fe’s "Warbonnet" scheme, the four famous ALCo PA-1s were used to upgrade the power on passenger trains between Albany and Montreal. The D&H owned a fifth PA, the ex-New Haven #0783, which was used for spare parts.
The PAs later became part of a preservation project under the guidance of Carl B. Sterzing, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware & Hudson. The four operable PAs were rebuilt by Morrison-Knudsen in 1975 to PA-4 specifications, with newer ALCo 12-cylinder 251 prime movers replacing their older 16-cylinder blocks. Along with occasional freight duties, they participated in public relations ventures and railfan trips until the end of Mr. Sterzing's tenure, including a sojourn with the MBTA pulling passenger trains out of South Station in Boston. They were later shipped to Mexico on a long-term lease in 1978. The #17 is still in working order with the FNM (Ferrocarilles del Pacifico) and numbered DH-17.
The #16 was named M. A. Davis (Chief Road Foreman) and #18 was named G. W. Hockaday (Chief Mechanical Engineer).
* These units were outfitted with a steam generator for passenger service.
|Delaware & Hudson Railway|
ALCo PA-1 / PA-4 Roster (Class P-20)
|16*||PA-1||ALCo||76535||10/1948||sold 1978||Built as AT&SF #59L, acquired 12/1967, rebuilt by M-K to PA-4 in 5/1975, sold to FNM||Link|
|17*||PA-1||ALCo||76535||11/1948||sold 1978||Built as AT&SF #60L, acquired 12/1967, rebuilt by M-K to PA-4 in 10/1975, sold to FNM||Link|
|18*||PA-1||ALCo||76535||12/1948||sold 1978||Built as AT&SF #62L, acquired 12/1967, rebuilt by M-K to PA-4 in 8/1975, sold to FNM||Link|
|19*||PA-1||ALCo||76535||5/1947||sold 1978||Built as AT&SF #54B (renumbered #66L), acquired 12/1967, rebuilt by M-K to PA-4 in 2/1975, sold to FNM|
|0783||PA-1||ALCo||76325||3/1949||scrap 1972||Built as NH #0783, acquired 2/1968, used for parts|
|ALCo PA-1 / PA-4 Data|
|Engine||16-cylinder 244||12-cylinder 251F|
|Sand (cu. ft.)||22||22|
|Horsepower||2000 hp||2400 hp|
|Traction Motors||GE E752E6||GE E752E6|
|Tractive Effort||33,000 lbs. @ 19 mph||33,000 lbs. @ 19 mph|