MIGN #1501 in 1977.
Other RS-2 photos:
RS-2 #304 (1966)
RS-2 #304 (1967)
RS-2 #304 (ca. 1975)
RS-2 #304 (1975)
Michigan Northern #1501
The Alco "250" engine was
really just the 244H, the last version of the 244. It was called the 250
by Alco's marketing department so it wouldn't be confused with the
earlier versions of the 244 -- and their well-known problems. It was
basically produced for upgrades and rebuilds, and included many features
and some parts which went into the 251 engine which was used on Alco
RS-11 and later new production.
The "250" was the engine used in
the Milwaukee Road RSC-2's rebuilt by Alco, and was used in applications
where a 251 would not fit, like the RS/RSC-2 family.
Michigan Northern #1501's Green Bay Route heritage (ex GBW #304) is obvious by the
staggered safety stripes on the loco frame.
This photo comes from Paul Baumgartner,
an engineer on the MIGN. As he describes it:
"My favorite shot of MIGN #1501 taken in Cadillac Michigan in 1977. The former
Central of Georgia #151 repainted to green and white is in the rear, with Cadillac
Mallible Iron Works in the distance. Makes me shiver every time I see this picture."
Paul, along with Herb Streiby, the Michigan Northern's Chief Mechanical Officer from 1978 until
the business ceased, were able to add more information about GBW #304's
history on the Michigan Northern:
The RS-2 ran in unmodified form until late 1978, when a bearing failure in
the 244 engine put her out of service. The locomotive went back to
Norwood Shops, where a used Alco model "250" engine was installed in February 1979.
(See the sidebar at right for a discussion of the Alco 250 engine.) At that time, the main generator
was also overhauled. The short hood was cut down, and a full width windshield
applied at Cadillac, making the external appearance similar to GB&W's
RS-20's #305-#308. The control stand was not moved, however. In 1981, while
attempting to move a heavy cut of sand cars, the main generator flashed over.
Repairs were attempted at the Cadillac shop, but were unsuccessful. The
incident essentially ended the career of this locomotive. She was restricted
to yard service and light loading until eventually she was taken out of
service completely. Many parts from all of the scrapped Alcos were sold back
to the GB&W and were trucked to Norwood in 1984.
The 1501 was scrapped at Cadillac during 1983-84. All the Alcos remaining
on the property except the ex CNW 1554 (which was sold to the Litchfield and
Madison in Arkansas) were scrapped during this time period.
This photo may not be reproduced without permission.