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Goodwin-ALCo DL-500

Scale: 1:87

Goodwin-ALCo DL-500 drawing 1999 by Ian J Smith. All rights reserved. Used by permission. If you would like to use this image, or a painted version of it on your web site, you may do so, providing that you notify the artist and place a link back to The Railroad Paintshop. Linking directly to the image on the Railroad Paint Shop site is prohibited. If you want to use the image in any other form of publication, you must have the prior written permission of the artist.

Historical note: The DL-500 is the Australian version of Alco's World series loco, built by A E Goodwin Limited based at Auburn (a suburb of Sydney) only two miles away from the Clyde EMD facility at Granville. Goodwin was appointed as the Australian ALCo distributor in 1955 and began seeking orders for new diesels from the various local railways. The DL-500s became the most numerous mainline diesels in Australia. The first of the DL-500s was delivered in December 1955 to the South Australian Railways and was the first Alco World model in the world to be powered by the Alco 251 diesel engine. They eventually took delivery of 37 units. The first 6 had one driving cab at the streamlined end, with the rest having driving cabs at both ends as depicted in the drawing. New South Wales ordered 10 in 1957, known as the 44 class, with 4401 entering service in July 8, 1957. The order was increased to 40 units and eventually to 100, with #44100 being delivered December 1, 1967. All of the NSW locos had the 2 driving cabs which did away with the necessity for turning the locomotive. The drawing is of the NSW loco. SA locos were very similar, with only minor differences. NSW DL-500s ran everywhere over the system and hauled everything -- freight, passenger, crack expresses etc. They had a lower axle weight (38,000lbs) than the Clyde A7s (45,000lbs) and could go into branch line areas. They were powered by the Alco 12-251 engine rated at 1,800HP, had dynamic brakes but did not have as high tractive effort as the A7s. Many thought at the time of their delivery that they should have had a streamlined cab at both ends like the Clyde EMD ML2s, making them ugly ducklings as they were not as sleek as the EMD styled locos. They were not as easy to service and maintain as the Clyde A7s, being narrower and having a lower roofline, making life difficult for maintenance staff. Most have now been scrapped, although class leader 4401 has been preserved by the railways and is often seen on charter runs. 4490 has also been preserved by the NSW Rail Transport Museum, and it too is often seen at the head of one of the museum's mainline excursions. Several others are in the hands of private individuals, so the old Alcos will be around for many years to come.

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