Internal Combustion Locomotives

Alco 1951 Minnesota Transfer 200
Alco 1951
Minnesota Transfer 200
Description:Diesel-Electric RS-3

Equipment Information

Minnesota Transfer 200 is a diesel freight locomotive designed as a “road switcher” for general freight train service. RS-3 type locomotives like MT 200 were developments of the earlier RS-1 type and were more powerful.

COMPARE ME WITH: Grand Trunk Western 1951, an RS-1 type locomotive preserved at IRM. The GTW engine is an older design than MT 200 but was actually built in 1957, several years after the more modern RS-3.

FUN FACT: This engine helped build Interstate 280. In the early 1970s, highway contractor S.J. Groves & Sons laid tracks along the planned route of I-280 west of Newark, New Jersey to haul aggregate and fill for the huge construction project. This engine was bought used for this purpose and resold immediately once the highway was complete.

Builder: ALCO
Year Built: 1951
Model: RS-3
Horsepower: 1600
Length: 55ft 11in
Width: 10ft
Height: 14ft 5in
Weight: 267000 lbs
Brakes: 6BL
Engine: 12-244H
Motors: 4 GE 752
Trucks: AAR-B
Description: Diesel-Electric
Arrived: 1984
Condition: Complete / restored / operational

Read more about the history of this engine in Rail & Wire #255

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Ownership History
1951-1970 – Minnesota Transfer #200
1970-1973 – S.J. Groves & Sons #507
1973-1977 – Eastman Kodak #5
1977-1984 – Interlake Steel #19
1984-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL

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