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Alco S13 by classictrains Alco S13 by classictrains
Who knew? Not me... Alco built an S13? Well that's what it is called everywhere on the Internet.

Formerly CN 8711 it kept it's road number and now works warehouses switching refrigerator cars off the BNSF and UP in Rochelle.

Thanks to Robert :iconhunter1828: I now know the S13 was one of several end-cab switchers that MLW produced, but parent company ALCo never did. The S13 was a 1000 hp, 251-engined version of MLW's S11. Both were built on ALCo S6 frames.
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The S13 was one of several end-cab switchers that MLW produced, but parent company ALCo never did. The S13 was a 1000 hp, 251-engined version of MLW's S11. Both were built on ALCo S6 frames.

Great find! She's a beauty!
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You beat me to it! :XD: Yep, this is indeed an MLW S-13. Very rare find! I'm elated to see that it's well-kept and still very much operational. :boogie:

Fun Fact: You can tell the difference between the 244 and 251 engines in similar switchers by looking at the turbocharger stack. 244-engined switchers have the stack near the cab and mounted crosswise, while 251-engined units have it well forward and mounted lengthwise. :)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great catch. I never heard of an S13 either.
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