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Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines

Diesel locomotives




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Background-color of all tables on this page is DGLE (Dark Green Locomotive Enamel)..

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Plymouth


Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines first non-steam locomotive

From the collection of Benjamin L. Berhart (Outer Station Project)

Unit № Builder (model) Build month/year Serial № Details Assignment Disposition
1 Plymouth (6 cly. climax, 18 ton Gas-Electric) ???? 2087 Acquired from the Wildwood & Delaware Bay Short Line RR #1 (W&DBSL) 7/9/34. Used in Wildwood, NJ to handle local switching for the fishing industry on the Ottens Harbor Branch. Sold to Curriden Oil Co. 1943


The information in this table was contributed by Dr. Edmond L. Freed.
Photos from Mike A and Bill Lane

Baldwin Locomotive Works


Begining in the 1950's the PRSL purchased a rather modest fleet of its own diesel locomotives to replace its steam engines for passenger and freight services. When additional power was needed for the busy summer tourist season engines were borrowed from the parent corporations (usually the PRR) as was true previously the with steam locomotives. To further supplement its small fleet the PRSL made increasing use of run through power on certain freight trains to large customers that didn't require classification at the PRSL's Pavonia yard.

The first generation of PRSL diesel locomotives were all from the nearby Baldwin Locomotive Works, which was the vendor of choice for the parent PRR in both the steam and early diesel era.

The PRSL's diesel locomotives were almost all painted in what is commonly referred to as Brunswick Green which was so dark it seemed almost black. The paint scheme was borrowed from it's Pennsylvania railroad parent and with the PRR's official name for this color being Dark Green Locomotive Enamel(DGLE).

Lettering on the long hood spelled out Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines in gold.

The undercarriage of the locomotives were painted in black referred to as "True Black."



Photo Road № PRR Class Builder Model Horse Power Serial № Build month/year Details Type Disposition Notes
6000 BS15ms DRS-4-4-1500 1500 74752 4/1950 8 cyl. B-L-H inline 608-SC turbocharged diesel. 4 W. E. traction motors. Steam generator. 9'10" WB AAR type B trucks. Uniformily narrow underframe. Turbocharger bulge, left side of hood. Fat turbo stack, offset to left side. Hood mounted bell. Dual control stands. MU equipped. Painted DGLE w/ Buff lettering. Road Switcher Retired 5/70
6001 BS15ms DRS-4-4-1500 1500 74753 4/1950 Same details as #6000 Road Switcher Retired 11/73
6002 BS15ms DRS-4-4-1500 1500 74754 4/1950 Same details as #6000 Road Switcher "Retired 2/25/68, traded-in on #2005"

6003 BS15ms DRS-4-4-1500 1500 74755 4/1950 Same details as #6000 Road Switcher Retired 1/73
6004 BS15ms DRS-4-4-1500 1500 74756 4/1950 Same details as #6000 Road Switcher "Retired 5/3/69, traded-in on #2006"
6005 BS15ms DRS-4-4-1500 1500 74757 4/1950 Same details as #6000 Road Switcher "Retired 5/30/69, traded-in on #2007"
6006 BS8 DS-4-4-7.50 (S8) 800 75253 5/1951 6 cyl. B-L-H 606-NA diesel. Built non-turbocharged. Added later on. W.E. 480 generator & 362-D traction motors. 3 exhaust stacks. Small lit numberboard. Friction-bearing trucks. Red "bug-eye" class lights. No MU. Switcher Retired 10/76
6007 BS16ms AS16 1600 75084 3/1953 8 cyl. B-L-H 608-A diesel., Elliot H-704 turbocharger. W.E. 471 generator. 4 W.E. model 370-DZ traction motors. WABCO 3-CD compressor.Vapor OK-4625 steam generator. 24 RL air brake. 9'10" WB AAR type B trucks. Uniformily thick underframe. Turbocharger bulge, left side of hood. Fat turbo stack, offset to left side. Lower hood on earlier models. Underbelly fuel tanks. Dual control stands. MU equipped. Road Switcher Retired 2/68 traded-in on #2000
6008 BS16ms AS16 1600 75805 3/53 Same details as #6007 Road Switcher Retired 2/68
6009 BS16ms AS16 1600 75806 3/53 Same details as #6007 Road Switcher Retired 2/68 traded-in on #2001
6010 BS16ms AS16 1600 75807 3/53 Same details as #6007 Road Switcher Retired 5/69



BS-16ms / AS-16's #6011-6016 were delivered in a lighter
Chrome Green-Dark (Ivy Green),
w/ white lettering. AKA "Green Hornets" Repainted DGLE by 1956.
6011 BS16ms AS16 1600 75850 3/53 8 cyl. B-L-H 608-A diesel., Elliot H-704 turbocharger. W.E. 471 generator. 4 W.E. model 370-DZ traction motors. WABCO 3-CD compressor.Vapor OK-4625 steam generator. 24 RL air brake. 9'10" WB AAR type B trucks. Uniformily thick underframe. Turbocharger bulge, left side of hood. Fat turbo stack, offset to left side. Lower hood on earlier models. Underbelly fuel tanks. Dual control stands. MU equipped. Road Switcher Retired 2/68 traded-in on #2001
6012 BS16ms AS16 1600 75851 3/53 Same details as #6011 Road Switcher Retired 2/68 traded-in on #2008
6013 BS16ms AS16 1600 75853 4/53 Same details as #6011 Road Switcher Retired 12/72
6014 BS16ms AS16 1600 75854 4/53 Same details as #6011 Road Switcher Retired 2/68 traded-in on #2003
6015 BS16ms AS16 1600 75855 4/53 Same details as #6011 Road Switcher Retired 5/68 traded-in on #2009
6016 BS16ms AS16 1600 75856 4/53 Same details as #6011 Road Switcher Retired 10/76
6017 BS12 S12 1200 75930 6/53 6 cyl. B-L-H 606-SC diesel. BF-40 Turbocharger. W.E. 480 generator & 4 362-DF or 362-HZ traction motors. WABCO 3-CD compressor. 6-SL air brakes. Single oval stack mounted crosswise. Fabricated frame. Plain bearing trucks. Has larger lighted number boards, six grab irons on forward part of hood. Single chime horn. No side skirts. No MU. Switcher Retired 10/76
6018 BS12 S12 1200 75931 6/53 Same details as #6017 Switcher Retired 10/76
6019 BS12 S12 1200 75932 6/53 Same details as #6017 Switcher Retired 10/76
6020 BS12 S12 1200 75933 6/53 Same details as #6017 Switcher Retired 10/76
6021 BS12 S12 1200 75934 7/53 Same details as #6017 Switcher Retired 10/76
6022 BS16m AS16 1600 75979 11/53 8 cyl. B-L-H 608-A diesel., Elliot H-704 turbocharger. W.E. 471 generator. 4 W.E. model 370-DZ traction motors. WABCO 3-CD compressor. 24 RL air brake. 9'10" WB AAR type B trucks. Uniformily thick underframe. Turbocharger bulge, left side of hood. Fat turbo stack, offset to left side. High hood on later models. No underbelly fuel tanks. Dual control stands. MU equipped. To P-RSL 12/1955 Road Switcher Retired 12/71 ₤ ♦
6023 BS16m AS16 1600 75980 11/53 Same details as #6022 Road Switcher Retired 12/71 ₤ ♦
6024 BS16ms AS16 1600 75975 11/53 8 cyl. B-L-H 608-A diesel., Elliot H-704 turbocharger. W.E. 471 generator. 4 W.E. model 370-DZ traction motors. WABCO 3-CD compressor.Vapor OK-4625 steam generator. 24 RL air brake. 9'10" WB AAR type B trucks. Uniformily thick underframe. Turbocharger bulge, left side of hood. Fat turbo stack, offset to left side. High hood on later models. Underbelly fuel tanks. Dual control stands. MU equipped. To P-RSL 2/1956 Road Switcher Retired 10/76 ♦ ₭
6025 BS16ms AS16 1600 75976 11/53 Same details as #6024 Road Switcher Retired 10/76 ♦ ₭
6026 BS16ms AS16 1600 75977 11/53 Same details as #6024 Road Switcher Retired 2/68 traded-in on #2004 ♦ ₭
6027 BS16ms AS16 1600 75978 11/53 Same details as #6024 Road Switcher Retired 12/71 ♦ ₭
6028 BS12m S12 1200 76126 4/56 6 cyl. B-L-H 606-SC diesel. BF-40 Turbocharger. W.E. 480-FZ generator & 4 362-DZ traction motors. WABCO 3-CD compressor. 24-RL air brakes. Single rectangular stack mounted crosswise. Fabricated frame. SKF roller bearing trucks. MU equipped. Cab signals. Twin-beam headlights. Small lighted number boards. No side skirts. 3-chime Nathan M3 horn. Switcher Retired 10/76
6029 BS12 S12 1200 76127 4/56 Same details as #6028 Switcher Retired 10/76
6030 BS12 S12 1200 76128 4/56 Same details as #6028 Switcher Retired 10/76
6031 BS12 S12 1200 76129 4/56 Same details as #6028 Switcher Retired 10/76
6032 BS12 S12 1200 76130 4/56 Same details as #6028 Switcher Retired 10/76
6033 BS12 S12 1200 76131 4/56 Same details as #6028 Switcher Retired 2/71

Notes


  • (♥) were rated for 60 mph.
  • (‡) were rated for 65 mph.
  • (₡) were rated for 70 mph.
  • (₭) were rated for 80 mph.
  • (₤) were built for freight service, and rated for 65 mph.
  • (♦) were a cancelled order by the Reading Co., The 6 were built in 1953 with dynamic brakes and conventional mu (as opposed to BLW's air-controlled design). In 1956 the P-RSL acquired the units and had the dynamic brakes removed, BLW air-controlled mu installed, only №'s 6024 to 6027 had steam boilers installed.


The information in this table was contributed by Dr. Edmond L. Freed and Tom Duke
Photos from Bob Vogel,Bill Lane and Mike A

General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)


By the late 1960's the original Baldwin diesels were begining to suffer reliability problems, which was exacerbated by the fact that Baldwin had gone out of business some 10 years before and could no longer provide spare parts or maintenance. With the new powerplant being constructed at Beesley's Point ready to consume several 90 car coal trains per week the PRSL was in need of more powerful and more reliable locomotives and turned to industry-leader EMD to supply 10 new second generation diesel electric locomotives.


Photo Road № PRR Class Builder Model Horse Power Serial № Build month/year Details Disposition

Camden NJ 8-4-74
2000 EF20a GP38 2000 33797 12/1967 V-16 EMD Model 16-645 diesel. Straight air loco brakes. 26-L air brakes. No Dynamic brakes. Dual control stands, 3200 gallon fuel tanks. Conrail #7660

North Louisiana & Gulf #46
MDR#46
Iowa Interstate #600
Jan 2007 To Omnitrax, Loveland, CO

| 2001 EF20a GP38 2000 33798 12/1967 Same details as #2000 Conrail #7661

Speno Rail Services #201
RSMX #0601

2002 EF20a GP38 2000 33799 12/1967 Same details as #2000

Rebuilt to GP38-3 with Dynamic brakes and
Q-Tron System.

Conrail #7662

Bangor & Aroostook #90


Bangor & Aroostook #354

2003 EF20a GP38 2000 33800 12/1967 Same details as #2000

Rebuilt to GP38-3 with Dynamic brakes and
Q-Tron System.

Conrial #7663

Bangor & Aroostook #91


Bangor & Aroostook #362
Midwest Locomotive Leasing and Sales - MWLX 362
SMS(SLRS)2003

2004 EF20a GP38 2000 33801 12/1967 Same details as #2000

Rebuilt to GP38-3 with Dynamic brakes and
Q-Tron System.

Conrail #7664

Bangor & Aroostook #92


Bangor & Aroostook #355
Webb Asset Mgmt (WAMX) #3826

2005 EF20a GP38 2000 34752 3/1969 Same details as #2000

Rebuilt to GP38-3 with Dynamic brakes and
Q-Tron System.

Conrail #7665

Bangor & Aroostook #93


Bangor & Aroostook #353
WAMW #353
WAMX #3825

2006 EF20a GP38 2000 34753 3/1969 Same details as #2000

Rebuilt to GP38-3 with Dynamic brakes and
Q-Tron System.

Conrail #7666

Bangor & Aroostook #94


Bangor & Aroostook #366

2007 EF20a GP38 2000 34754 3/1969 Same details as #2000 Conrail #7667

Eureka Southern #30
Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern #3800
(City of Owatonna)

2008 EF20a GP38 2000 34755 3/1969 Same details as #2000 Conrail #7668

Eureka Southern #31
Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern #3801
(City of Midland)

2009 EF20a GP38 2000 34756 3/1969 Same details as #2000 Conrail #7669

Blown engine - scrapped

EMD builder's plate
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EMD builder's plate


Note


  • All built with dual control stands, which required the front of the cab to be built out an extra 10" to allow extra room in the cab.



--- Photos By Bill Lane PRSLHS

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