Builders Plates

by: Richard Caig


Oblong Plates

c/n 75184 - MKT 212 Missouri - Kansas - Texas or MKT or some just like to call it the Katy,
DS-4-4-1200/1 (SC) commonly known as the S-12, Road # 44 then 1212. Baldwin Serial # 75184, completed on the 10th June 1952. Engine type 606A. This was one of fifteen S-12's owned by the Katy. There were 452 qty S-12's built for the US market in total. This builders plate is made of cast iron and can be clearly seen that Baldwin has merged with Lima Hamilton.


c/n 75235 - P&BR 346 Patapsco and Back Rivers, DS-4-4-1200/1 (SC) commonly known as the S-12, Road # 346. Baldwin Serial # 75235, completed on the 10th September 1951. Engine type 606A. This locomotive owned and operated by Bethlehem Steel Company who owned a huge fleet of Alco, EMD and Baldwin switchers to run their 97 mile long line. The builders plate is a standard oblong cast steel Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton plate.


c/n 75280 - A&WP 678 Atlanta and West Point, DS-4-4-1200/1 (SC) or also simply known as a S-12. Road # 678. Baldwin Serial # 75280, completed on the 19th July 1951. Engine type 606A. This was the only S-12 owned by the Atlanta and West Point Railroad and had a cast under frame. This builders plate is made of cast iron and can be clearly seen that Baldwin has merged with Lima Hamilton. This builders plate is in definate need of a little cosmetic work.


c/n 75335 - C&NW 1561 Chicago & North Western, Class DRS-6-6-1600/1 (SC) or also known as the AS-616. Baldwin Serial # 75334, delivered in 14th January 1952. Engine type 606NA, Road # 1561. The C&NW AS-616's only weighed 287,000 lbs making them the lightest domestic AS-616's to be built by Baldwin. All three AS-616's were re-engined by EMD in 1962. The builders plate is a standard oblong Baldwin - Lima - Hamilton plate in ex-locomotive condition.


c/n 75376 - NYC 3820 New York Central, Class DR-4-4-1600, RF16 Cab unit. Baldwin Serial # 75376, delivered in February 1952. Engine type 608A. This is one of 18 cab units built for the NYC and carried road # 3820. These locomotives were commonly known as Sharks due to their nose design). With the Creation of Penn Central Transportation in 1968 ( with the merger of New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroad) the RF16 was renumbered to road # 1220. Eventually she was traded into General Electric.


c/n 75382 - PRR 2024 Pennsylvania Railroad, Class DR-4-4-1600/1 (SC), RF16 Cab unit. Baldwin Serial # 75382, completed on the 21st April 1952. Engine type 608A. This is one of 72 cab units built for the PRR and carried road # 2024. This is a cast Iron Baldwin / Lima / Hamilton builders plate.


c/n 75460 - Sp 5264 Class DRS-6-6-1600/1 SC or also known as the AS-616, Baldwin Serial # 75460, delivered on the 27th February 1952. Engine type 608A, Road # 5264. Southern Pacific class DF-112. This unit was one of the units built with the least of the Southern Pacific options. It was not fitted for multiple unit working or any of the other useful extras but strangely enough it was fitted with dynamic brakes. This locomotive was one of the few Southern Pacific locomotives to carry the Halloween paint scheme (Black and orange) and finally got painted Gray and scarlet prior to getting withdrawn from service by mid 1969. The builders plate is a standard oblong Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton cast steel plate and show's the locomotives final livery


c/n 75471 - SP 5275 Class DRS-6-6-1600/1 SC or also known as the AS-616, Baldwin Serial # 75471, delivered on the 19th May 1952. Engine type 608A, Road # 5275. This unit was very conspicuous in the Southern Pacific fleet as it was one of only three AS-616's to have the Large Pyle-National "Gyralites" faired into their hoods. This feature was intended for street running on the Pacific Electric's Northern District to Sam Bernardino. This locomotive was sold to Rayonier for logging (near Gary's Harbor, Washington) in late 1961 and carried road # 90. The locomotive was finally scrapped in 1986. The builders plate is a standard oblong Baldwin - Lima - Hamilton plate and is ready for a fresh lick of paint (now do I paint it Espee or Rayonier, AHHH !!!! So many choices).


c/n 75655 - PRR 8768 Pennsylvania Railroad, DS-4-4-1200/1 (SC) commonly known to the rest of us as a S-12, PRR class BS-12m, Road # 8768. Baldwin Serial # 75655, completed on the 24th October 1952. Engine type 606A. This was the last locomotive in a batch of 25 and was a phase 1b. There were 452 qty S-12's built for the US market and the PRR bought 87 of them. This builders plate is made of cast iron and can be clearly seen that Baldwin has merged with Lima Hamilton. Note that the Model, HP and Month before the year have all been stamped with the correct data. It seems to be more common that only the model was stamped on the plate.


c/n 75693 - OIM 1215A
c/n 75697 - OIM 1215B
Oliver Iron Mining was a very good customer to Baldwin and experimented with a number of ideas. One such Baldwin / Oliver mining exclusive was the fourteen qty S-8 cow and calf sets (i.e. a cabed switcher (cow) and a cabless booster (calf)). These were the only switcher B units (calves) that Baldwin ever built. Here are the builders plates off the very last set road # 1215A (Baldwin serial # 75693) and 1215B (Baldwin Serial # 75697). Both used a engine type 606 and have a phase 2b car body. This set was scrapped at Rouchleau in August 1985 and spent their lives for the most part working at Hibbing Mine in Minnesota. The builders plates are made from cast steel and display the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton logo. The builders plates are in ex-locomotive condition. It's also worth noting the Oliver Mining asset/equipment number below the Baldwin serial number which is very unique.


c/n 75758 - B&LE 409 The Bessemer and Lake Erie bought only two AS-616's to round off their Baldwin fleet. Built in July of 1952, under Baldwin serial # 75758, Road # 409 (which was actually their last Baldwin the Bessemer ever purchased). This AS-616 had a 608A engine installed. The builders plate is a Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton and made from cast steel.


c/n 75918 - SP 2150 Southern Pacific class DS-118 or Baldwin serial # DS-4-4-1200/1 (SC) or a
S-12. Road # 1543 then 2150. Baldwin Serial # 75918, delivered on 30th September 1953. Engine type 606A. The 1543 was part of Southern Pacific's last order of S-12's (Road # 1539 to 1550). These were called ultimate S-12's as they were the only Baldwin switchers with multiple unit connections complete with gangways and outside handrails. Another great spotting feature was the oval exhaust stack (as all of the other S-12's had round ones). Brand new in 1953 this locomotive cost $108,676 each. Finally 2150 was retired in August 1974 (with her two sisters 2154 & 2157) finally bringing a close the Baldwin era on the Southern Pacific. She met her fate at Chrome Crankshaft. The builders plate is a standard oblong steel Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton plate in ex-locomotive condition.


c/n 76100 - B&O 2244 Baltimore & Ohio, Class DRS-4-4-1600/1 (SC) or also known as the AS-16. Baldwin Serial # 75100, delivered in 27th May 1955. Engine type 608A, Road
# 2244. This locomotive was part of the second batch of AS-16's that the B&O bought from Baldwin. The builders plate is a standard cast steel oblong Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton plate.


all photos by Richard Caig of plates in his collection



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