RS-4-TC

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US Army 1247
Baldwin Photo 14535 - collection of Kevin Kohls

RS-4-TC: Road Switcher - 4 Axle - Transportation Corps

Built at Eddystone from July 1953 to January 1955.
- Caterpillar D397, supercharged V12, 500 hp (400 hp for traction)
- Westinghouse generator & traction motors
- adjustable guage trucks
- about 60 tons

The builder's plates were labeled BLH but had Whitcomb construction
numbers.
4041 Plate
photo by: Ed Jarvis

  • Units 1247-1276 were built for domestic use.

  • Units 4001-4044 were equipped for foreign use. These units are slightly longer than the domestic units. They were equipped heaters and were able to mount foreign couplers.

  • Unit 1281 named the "General Nathanael Greene" was an experimental prototype with a hydraulic torque converter transmission. It was the last locomotive built at Eddystone to be assigned a Whitcomb construction number. [6]

  • Rebuilt units, offically designated by the militray as RS-4-TC-1A [21], have a Caterpillar 3508, turbocharged V8, 500hp diesel engine. Rebuilding was contracted out to Construction and Mining Services (C & M Serv.), East St. Louis IL or done at the Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) shops, UT.

  • 1991 C & M Serv. Plate
    US Army 4034
    photo by: Mike Castellow
    1988 C & M Serv. Plate
    4035
    photo by: John Rainey

    TEAD Plate
    1256
    photos by: Alex Rodriguez

    [6] [21] see: bibliography



    RS-4-TC Information

    Diesel Era Vol.24 No.6 48 Tonners for the Army: The Davenport DE-48 and B-L-H RS-4-TC Locomotives
    by Rick Morgan
    Diesel Era Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 6
    Withers Publishing

    Highly recommended !
    - thorough history of origins
    - techincal specs, layout drawings
    - many photos in military livery

    Online:
    RS-4-TC info can be found at UtahRails.net



    Photos

    indicates existing unit


    1247

    US Army 1247
    US Army 1247
    photos by: Tom Hirsch
    Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) shops, UT - 7/24/91


    1248

    USAF 1248
    1248 1248 - ex. US Army 1248
    - reassigned to the USAF
    - stored operational at Lockheed Martin.
    photo and info by: Dan Waller
    Marietta, GA - January 4, 2011


    1249

    USAF 1249
    1249 - ex. US Army 1249
    - reassigned to the USAF
    - to South Carolina Railroad Museum
    photo by: Mike Castellow
    South Carolina Railroad Museum - Aug. 26, 2005


    1250

    OHFX 1250
    OHFX 1250
    photo by: Bradley Ogden
    April 14, 2013
    - ex. US Army 1250
    - in storage at Hill AFB 1976
    - to Department of Energy (Fluor-Daniel-Fernald) (OHFX),
    see: UtahRails.net for history
    - to Rocky Mountain Railcar

    Rocky Mountain Railcar 1250
    Rocky Mountain Railcar 1250
    photo by: Bradley Ogden
    July 9, 2013
    Rocky Mountain Railcar 1250
    photo by: Bradley Ogden
    Rocky Mountain Railcars -
    August 6, 2013


    1254

    Lafarge 1254
    Lafarge 1254
    photo by: John A. Joyce
    Lafarge, Tiger OK - Oct. 2009
    Lafarge 1254
    photo by: John A. Joyce
    Lafarge, Tiger OK - May 2008


    1256

    MCRY 1256
    1256 1256 1256
    1256 1256 1256
    - ex. US Army 1256
    Badger Army Ammunition Plant
    - to Mid-Continent Railway Museum
    photos by: Alex Rodriguez
    Mid-Continent Railway Museum - May 17, 2008


    1258

    US Army 1258
    1265 - ex. US Army 1258
    - to Department of Energy (Fluor-Daniel-Fernald) (OHFX),
    see: UtahRails.net for history
    - to Rocky Mountain Railcar
    - at Peterson Industrial Depot
    photo by: Mike Castellow
    Ft. Eustis - April, 1987

    OHFX 1258
    OHFX 1250
    photo by: Bradley Ogden
    Nov. 21, 2012


    1259

    NCO 1259
    1259
    photos by: Tom Hirsch
    Alturas, Ca - July 2003
    - ex. US Army 1259
    - Defense Logistic Agency 887582
    - Sharpe Army Depot, Lathrop, CA

    "Rumoured to have been acquired by the man that runs the Modoc RR Academy as part of a future RR museum or such. Some received NCO lettering, Nevada Calif. & Oregon RR. All the units are kept inside a large building at Alturas, CA." TH


    1260

    US Army 1260
    Arizona National Guard 1260 - Hill AFB, 1975
    - to Navajo Army Depot, Bellemont, AZ. , 1998
    - current Camp Navajo (Arizona National Guard), Bellemont, AZ., 2009
    photo by: Marc Pearsall
    Bellemont, AZ. - Summer 1998


    1264

    Pilgrim's Pride 3238
    PP 3238 PP 3238 PP 3238
    photos by: John Rainey
    Pittsburg, Texas - May 7, 2004
  • See the Pilgrim's Pride photo gallery page for more photos

    BJRY 3238
    BJRY 3238
    photo by: Steve Smedley
    Rochelle, IL - Feb. 14, 2010
    "Burlington Junction 3238 has joined S13 8711 in the Rochelle, Illinois industrial park. The 3238 is painted in Burlington Junction Railway's sharp red and black paint scheme. The locomotive is shown on Sunday evening Feb. 14, 2010."

    - ex Pilgrim's Pride 3238, nee US Army 1264
    BJRY 3238 BJRY 3238 BJRY 3238
    photos by: Marc Malnekoff
    Burlington Junction Railway - April 11, 2010


    1265

    US Army 1265
    1265 1265 - ex. US Army 1265
    - at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, CA, lettered as Sierra Railway 1265
    photos by: Mike Castellow
    Ft. Eustis - Feb. 21, 1985

    Sierra Railway 1265
    1265 1265
    photos and info by: Kyle K. Wyatt
    Jamestown, CA - July 13, 2010


    1267

    US Army 1267
    1267
    photo by: Mike Castellow
    Ft. Eustis - May 28, 1983


    1270

    NCO 1270
    1270
    photos by: Tom Hirsch
    Alturas, Ca - July 2003
    - ex. US Army 1270
    - Southern Illinois Railcar, Troy, IL

    "Rumoured to have been acquired by the man that runs the Modoc RR Academy as part of a future RR museum or such. Some received NCO lettering, Nevada Calif. & Oregon RR. All the units are kept inside a large building at Alturas, CA." TH


    1271

    LTEX 601
    LTEX 601 LTEX 601
    photo by: Frank Vollhardt
    Larry's Truck Electric, McDonald, Ohio - Feb. 2011
    - ex. US Army 1271
    - to Larry's Truck Electric as #601
    - working a car repair facility in New Castle, PA

    LTEX 601 LTEX 601
    LTEX 601 LTEX 601
    photos by: Kevin N. Tomasic
    New Castle, PA - Oct. 2, 2013


    1272

    Pilgrim's Pride 3239
    PP 3239 PP 3239 PP 3239 - ex US Army 1272
    - to Pilgrim's Pride 3239
    - now AGPX 3239, Mason City, IA
    photos by: John Rainey
    Pittsburg, Texas - May 7, 2004
  • See the Pilgrim's Pride photo gallery page for more photos


    1276

    USAF 1276
    1276 1276 - ex. USAF 1276, Shaw AFB, Sumter SC
    - to South Carolina Railroad Museum
    photos by: Mike Castellow
    South Carolina Railroad Museum - Aug. 26, 2005


    4001

    NCO 4001
    4001
    photos by: Tom Hirsch
    Alturas, Ca - July 2003
    - ex. US Army 4001
    - Defense Logistic Agency 886503
    - Tracy Defense Depot, Tracy CA

    "Rumoured to have been acquired by the man that runs the Modoc RR Academy as part of a future RR museum or such. Some received NCO lettering, Nevada Calif. & Oregon RR. All the units are kept inside a large building at Alturas, CA." TH


    4003

    US Army 4003
    4003 - ex US Army 4003, Fort Bliss 1985
    - to Port of Natchitoches, LA

    4003 & 4030
    photos by: David Hoge
    Natchitoches, LA - August 28, 2006


    4004

    DLA 54344
    4004, Buckingham Branch - ex. Defense Logistic Agency
    - to the Buckingham Branch RR
    photo by: Craig Zeni
    Buckingham Branch RR, Dillwyn, VA - May 10, 2002


    4010

    KRM 4010
    KRM 4010 - returned from duty in Germany, 1978
    - to Kentucky Railway Museum
    - to Larry's Truck Electric
    photo by: Frank Vollhardt
    Lordstown, Ohio - April 30, 2013


    4014

    BLR 4014
    Badlands 4014
    photo by: Mike Murray
    Blacklands Railroad
    Sulphur Springs, TX. - Jan. 2004
    - owned by NETEX
    - was loaned to the Blacklands Railroad and lettered BLR
    - currently leased to Boral Material Technologies and used to ship fly ash products from Boral's facility at Winfield TX. to the Blacklands Railroad


    4015

    US Army 4015
    Arizona National Guard 4015 - built for US Army
    - to Navajo Army Depot, Bellemont, AZ.
    - current Camp Navajo (Arizona National Guard), Bellemont, AZ. (2009)
    photo by: Marc Pearsall
    Bellemont, AZ. - Summer 1998


    4017

    US Army 4017
    AEPCO 4017 - built for US Army
    - to AEPCO Apache Station Generation Plant - Cochise (Willcox) AZ.
    - current owner AEPCO (Arizona Electric Power Cooperative)
    photo by: Marc Pearsall
    Cochise (Willcox) AZ. - October 11, 2006


    4020

    US Army 4020
    US Army 4020
    photo by: Mike Castellow
    Ft. Eustis VA. - March 14, 2001
    - ex. US Army 4020
    - to Larry's Truck Electric as #4020

    LTEX 4020
    LTEX 4020
    photo by: Frank Vollhardt
    Lordstown, Ohio - Aug. 23, 2010


    4023

    Better Chemical Solutions 242
    Better Chemical Solutions 242 - ex. US Army 4023
    photo by: Bradley Ogden
    Broken Arrow's Flux facility Utah - August 1, 2013


    ????

    Better Chemical Solutions 243
    Better Chemical Solutions 243 - ex. ????
    photo by: Bradley Ogden
    Broken Arrow's Flux facility Utah - August 1, 2013


    4027

    CRRX 4027
    CRRX 4027
    photos by: Larry Kuretich
    Canon City, Colorado - June 2003
    CRRX 4027 Builder's Plate "CRRX 4027 was spotted being moved by truck from Canon City to Mead Co., where it will be stored. 4027 had been used by the Canon City & Royal Gorge as a shop switcher but has not run since late 2002."
    Thanks to "The CZ" for this info.

    4027 "4027 is now on Hudson Terminal RR (HTR) Hudson, Co., (Old RESCAR Facility) Engine not running, troubles with Baldwin relays and lack of replacement parts."
    photo and info by: Charlie Tucker
    Hudson, CO - September 7, 2007

    Hudson Terminal Railway 4027
    4027 Hudson Terminal Railway 4027, RS-4-TC, Whitcomb construction number 61257 has acquired this snazzy paint scheme. Unit moves mainly tank cars around repair and storage operation at Hudson, CO, along BNSF's Brush line.
    photo and info by: Colorado Zephyr 2010
    Hudson, CO - August 12, 2010


    4030

    US Army 4030
    4030 4003 & 4030
    photos by: David Hoge
    Natchitoches, LA - August 28, 2006


    4031

    US Army 4031
    4031
    photos by: Tom Hirsch
    Alturas, Ca - July 2003
    - ex. US Army 4031

    "Rumoured to have been acquired by the man that runs the Modoc RR Academy as part of a future RR museum or such. Some received NCO lettering, Nevada Calif. & Oregon RR. All the units are kept inside a large building at Alturas, CA." TH


    4032

    US Army 4032
    4032 - ex US Army 4032
    - now at National Railway Equipment Co., Mount Vernon, IL
    thanks to Warren for permission to use this photo
    east bound Kirkwood, Missouri - July 25, 2004


    4034

    US Army 4034
    US Army 4034
    photo by: Mike Castellow
    Ft. Eustis VA. - Sept. 3, 1991
    US Army 4034
    photo by: Mike Castellow
    Ft. Eustis VA. - Aug. 29, 1991
    - ex. US Army 4034
    - to Larry's Truck Electric as #600
    - on lease to Eka Chemicals, Columbus, MS

    LTEX 600
    LTEX 600
    photo by: Frank Vollhardt
    McDonald, Ohio - Sept. 23, 2010


    4035

    Longhorn & Western 4035
    4035
    4035 was re-built in 1988 and the variable width axles were replaced.
    At the same time it was refitted with EMD control system and generator.
    photo by: John Rainey
    Texas Transportation Museum, San Antonio, Texas - June, 2004

    4035 4035 Plate
    photos by: Mike Carter
    Texas Transportation Museum, San Antonio, Texas - April 11, 2005


    4036

    Ag Processing 4036
    Ag Processing 4036 - ex. US Army 4036
    - was on display at Collegedale TN
    - to Ag Processing, 2011
    photo by: Rick Morgan
    St. Joseph, MO - Oct. 12, 2013


    4040

    4040
    Michigan Transit Museum 4040 - returned from Europe in 1978
    - served at the Selfridge Air Force Base, Harrison Twp. MI.
    - now at the Michigan Transit Museum
    photo by: Karl Joost- Thanks to Larry Bogert
    Selfridge Air National Guard Base - Fall 1998


    4041

    USAF 4041
    4041 4041 Plate
    - returned from duty in Germany, 1978
    - scrapped in 2008
    - parts to Port of Shreveport & Hudson Terminal
    photos by: Ed Jarvis
    November 15, 2005


    4044

    KRM 4044
    Kentucky Railroad Museum 4044
    - ex. USAF 4044
    - to Kentucky Railway Museum
    - to Larry's Truck Electric
    photo by: Larry Pursell
    Kentucky Railroad Museum - June 2005

    KRM 4044 at Larry's Truck Electric
    photo by: Frank Vollhardt
    Lordstown, Ohio - May 1, 2013


    The copyrights for all photos are assumed to rest with the photographers.



    RS-4-TC Roster

    indicates recently confirmed as an existing unit

    All units were built under US Army contracts. Of these units 1274-1276 and 4038-4044 were initially allocated for the UASF.
    During their military careers some units were transferred between the services, 1274 was transferred to the US Navy. [21]

    road
    number
    Whitcomb
    construction
    number
    last known location / disposition photo
    1247 61202 Tooele Army Depot (TEAD), UT
    1248 61203 stored at Lockheed Martin
    Marietta, GA
    1249 61204 South Carolina RR Museum
    1250 61205 sold by the DOE to Rocky Mountain Rail Car
    1251 61206 Riverport RR, Savanna, IL
    1252 61207 private owner, Elmendorf, TX
    auctioned on eBay for parts, Jan 06
    1253 61208 - El Paso, TX, 1992
    to Spain, 2000
    1254 61209 Lafarge Tulsa cement plant
    Tiger, OK
    1255 61210 - Hill AFB, 1988
    sold to a company in Mexico
    1256 61211 Mid-Continent Railway Museum
    1257 61212 stored at Hill AFB
    1258 61213 Rocky Mountain Rail Car
    1259 61214 Alturas, CA, July 2003
    1260 61215 Camp Navajo (AZ NG), Flagstaff, AZ
    1261 61216 - Transco Railway Products
    - Midwest Railcar Corporation
    1262 61217 Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Baraboo, WI, 1990's
    1263 61218 Kansas Army Ammunition Plant
    1264 61219 Burlington Junction 3238
    1265 61220 Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
    Jamestown, CA
    1266 61221 was at Tooele Army Depot
    1267 61222 Indiana Ammo Plant
    1268 61223 Hill Air Force Base, UT, 1989
    1269 61224 Oakland Army terminal, CA, 1991
    1270 61225 Alturas, CA, July 2003
    1271 61226 #601, Larry's Truck Electric
    1272 61227 AGPX 3239, Mason City, IA
    1273 61228 Riverport RR, Savanna, IL
    1274 61288 to US Navy, 1967
    Naval Air Station Jacksonville FL
    1275 61289 South Carolina RR Museum
    1276 61290 South Carolina RR Museum



    Experimental prototype with hydraulic transmission
    road
    number
    Whitcomb
    construction
    number
    last known location / disposition photo
    1281 40754 - to Washington Western as #5
    - eventually scrapped
    photo: WWR 5




    Roster info last updated Aug. 2014.
    Thanks to Rick Morgan for roster info.
    Any help with this roster would be appreciated,
    e-mail Baldwin Diesel Zone

    [21] see: bibliography
    road
    number
    Whitcomb
    construction
    number
    last known location / disposition photo
    4001 61231 Alturas, CA, July 2003
    4002 61232 Historic Prairie Village
    4003 61233 Port of Natchitoches, LA
    4004 61234 Buckingham Branch RR
    4005 61235 Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
    4006 61236 returned from Europe, 1978
    4007 61237 returned from Europe, 1978
    4008 61238 - returned from Europe, 1978
    Defense Logistic Agency 54338
    4009 61239 Burlington Junction RY #9
    4010 61240 Larry's Truck Electric, Ohio
    4011 61241 returned from Europe, 1978
    4012 61242 Northwest Railway Museum
    4013 61243 -returned from Europe, 1978
    Hill AFB
    4014 61244 NETEX
    4015 61245 Camp Navajo (AZ NG)
    Flagstaff, AZ
    4016 61246 Indiana Ammo Plant
    4017 61247 AEPCO Power Plant
    Apache Station, Willcox, AZ
    4018 61248 Riverport RR, Savanna, IL
    used as spare parts
    4019 61249 Salt Lake City, UT, 1999
    4020 61250 Larry's Truck Electric, Ohio
    4021 61251 Port of Shreveport, LA
    4022 61252 - stored at Hill AFB, 1976
    Indiana Army Ammunition Plant
    4023 61253 Better Chemical Solutions #242
    Grantsville, UT
    4024 61254 Northwest Railway Museum
    4025 61255 Lake City (MO) Ammo Depot
    4026 61256 - OHFX 4026
    Savannah River Operations
    SROX 100
    4027 61257 Hudson Terminal RR
    4028 61258 Heber Valley Railroad
    Heber City, UT.
    4029 61259 Riverport RR, Savanna, IL
    4030 61260 Port of Natchitoches, LA
    4031 61261 Alturas, CA - July 2003
    4032 61262 National Railway Equipment Co.
    Mount Vernon, IL
    4033 61263 - Hill Air Force Base, UT, 1976
    reported scrapped in 1981
    4034 61264 Larry's Truck Electric, OH
    4035 61265 Texas Transportation Museum
    4036 61266 Ag Processing, St Joseph MO
    4037 61267 Savannah (IL) Army Depot
    4038 61268 owned by HIASA to operate their sidings at Nubledo station
    Asturias, Spain
    4039 61269 Tunisia - North Africa
    4040 61229 Michigan Transit Museum
    4041 61230 - returned from Europe, 1978
    scrapped in 2008, parts to Port of Shreveport & Hudson Terminal
    4042 61285 - served in Europe, Rheinau, 1968
    - ex Defense Logistic Agency 87001
    Shenandoah Valley RR 8701
    4043 61286 - Morocco, 1964
    - returned from Europe, 1978
    - Defense Logistic Agency 89033
    Indiana Port Commission #1
    Burns Harbor, MI
    4044 61287 Larry's Truck Electric, OH


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