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Date: 06/27/20 02:57
Question for MLW RS-18 BCR #601
Author: brv200

Good morning all,

I' m Franz and I live in Bavaria, Southern Germany. I' m a model collector and one of my favorite RR's is the BCR.

Yesterday just for a coincidence I came across an old LL model of the above mentioned MLW RS-18 #601 BCR.
Searching the web for prototype photos hasn't been successful so far.

The model sports a high nose configuration. Any pictures I have found so far show #601 already with a down cut
nose. However Wikipedia says, that #601 was a former PGE unit built with a high nose.

My question is: Did #601 keep its high nose after the BCR took her over into their roster and how long?
I' d be grateful if someone could contribute some information and even a photo showing #601 with high nose
configuration.

Many thanks in advance.

Franz



Date: 06/27/20 03:57
Re: Question for MLW RS-18 BCR #601
Author: railsmith

brv200 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------

> Yesterday just for a coincidence I came across an
> old LL model of the above mentioned MLW RS-18 #601
> BCR.
> Searching the web for prototype photos hasn't been
> successful so far.
>
> The model sports a high nose configuration. Any
> pictures I have found so far show #601 already
> with a down cut
> nose. However Wikipedia says, that #601 was a
> former PGE unit built with a high nose.
>
> My question is: Did #601 keep its high nose after
> the BCR took her over into their roster and how
> long?

The locomotive was built in April 1957 with a high short-hood (nose), and numbered 587. It was renumbered 601 in September 1964 as part of a renumbering scheme for the RS18 types, in which Nos. 587-599 became 601-613.  Nos. 587-590 (later 601-604) were all built with high short-hoods and Nos. 591-599 (later 605-613) were built with low hoods.

No. 601 suffered extensive collision damage in October 1983 and was rebuilt on the frame of the former RS10 583, which had been retired. It was one of four units (601-604/originally 587-590) to have its high short hood lowered and the controls re-oriented to operate with the short hood forward, between August 1982 and October 1984. The source I have read for this does not make clear whether 601 had that work done before its 1983 collision or during the rebuilding after the collision.

The source for this information is the book "The Pacific Great Eastern Railway", Volume 2, by Timothy J. Horton, page 21.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/27/20 03:59 by railsmith.



Date: 06/27/20 08:19
Re: Question for MLW RS-18 BCR #601
Author: hoggerdoug

check this link, some high hood pictures.
http://www.cnrphotos.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=49358

Doug



Date: 06/28/20 22:55
Re: Question for MLW RS-18 BCR #601
Author: brv200

Thank you gents......both contributions were very helpful.

Greetings
Franz



Date: 06/29/20 19:57
Re: Question for MLW RS-18 BCR #601
Author: BrianA

I just discovered that I have a photo of the 601 I took at North Vancouver 2-21-83 with the high short hood.  I'll post it on a new thread.  Like you said, I have not been able to find any other photos of the 601 online with the high hood.

Brian Ambrose
Renton, WA



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