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Ingersoll-Rand 1925 Demonstrator #9681
(later CNJ #1000)
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ALCo-GE-IR BOXCAB

Oil-Electric ("Diesel") Locomotives

(American Locomotive Company - General Electric - Ingersoll-Rand)

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READING RR BOXCABS #50 and #51
{later #98 and #99}
Classes OE-1 and OE-2

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The data which follows is from Josh Musser's fantastic Reading RR site and specifially from his Reading Boxcab page, edited ever so slightly.

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RDG 50
RDG50jm
Model:
--
RDG Class:
OE-1
Built:
6/26
Serial number:
66682
Retired:
1/49
Scrapped:
--
Builder:
ALCO
Horsepower:
300
Tractive effort:
32500
Weight (lbs):
130000
Max. Speed (mph):
30
Fuel (gal.):
200
  • 1940: Renumbered #98
  • Current Status: Scrapped

RDG 51
RDG 51 side
Model:
--
RDG Class:
OE-2
Built:
3/28
Serial number:
67017
Retired:
12/54
Scrapped:
1/55
Builder:
ALCO
Horsepower:
300
Tractive effort:
33475
Weight (lbs):
133900
Max. Speed (mph):
30
Fuel (gal.):
200
  • 1940: Renumbered #99
  • 1/55: Scrapped at Luria Bros. Modena, PA
  • Current Status: Scrapped

#50 Info from Reading Company technical drawings:

Eight wheel switching locomotive
Class OE-1
Built by American Locomotive Co. in 1926
Oil Electric Loco
Side view
RDG 50 Side
Front view
RDG 50 Front
Steel Underframe & Superstructure 4 cycle - 6 cyl. vert. 10 x 12 300 H.P. at
Weight: 130,000 lbs   550 R.P.M. engine
Journals A.R.A. 5" x 9" Gen: direct connected type TDC G-200 K.W.
Coupler A.R.A. short shank radius 550 RPM (600V DC) 6 K.W. - 60 volt exciter
WAB EL - 14 ST & automatic air 32 volt storage battery 100 A.H.M.
1-16" x 12" cylinder Clad motors - 4 - D.C.H.M. 840 G - 95hp each
Compressor 1-CP-26 Curvature 50' 114o
Peter Smith - type No. 1C heater Fuel capacity 200 gallons
Sanders: Graham White Max. Speed 30 mi. per hr.
Tractive power 25% - 32500 lbs. Ratio 14:82

#51 Info from Reading Company technical drawings:

Eight wheel switching locomotive
Class OE-2
Built by American Locomotive Co. in 1928
Oil Electric Loco
Side view
RDG 51 Side
Front view
RDG 51 Front
Steel Underframe & Superstructure 4 cycle - 6 cyl. vert. 10 x 12 300 H.P. at
Weight: 130,000 lbs   550 R.P.M. engine
Journals A.R.A. 5" x 9" Gen: direct connected type TDC G-200 K.W.
Coupler A.R.A. short shank radius 550 RPM (600V DC) 6 K.W. - 60 volt exciter
WAB EL - 14 ST & automatic air 28 volt storage battery 100 A.H.M.
1-16" x 12" cylinder U.S.L. Type NRV-7
Compressor 1-CP-26 Clad motors - 4 - D.C.H.M. 840 G - 95hp each
Curvature 50' 114o Arcola hot water heater heater
Fuel capacity 200 gallons Sanders: Graham White
Max. Speed 30 mi. per hr. Tractive power 25% - 33475 lbs.
Ratio 14:82

Built in 1926, class OE-1 boxcab #50 was the first diesel locomotive on the Reading system and the second in the United States.  The first was sister unit #1000 on the Central Railroad of New Jersey, of which Reading owned 49%.  #1000 has been preserved at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.  #51 was classed OE-2 and was built in 1928.  For nine years, these units would be the only diesels on the Reading.

The class came from Oil Electric, 1 from first type of locomotive, 2 from second type of locomotive.  Both #50 and 51 were built by a consortium of ALCo, General Electric, and Ingersoll-Rand.  They were renumbered #98 and #99 in 1940 to make room on the roster for the arriving S1's.  These boxcabs were ideal industrial switchers as they could negotiate tight radius curves due to their short wheelbase.  They had rather long careers, as well.  #50 was retired in 1949 after 23 years and #51 was retired in 1954 after 26 years.  Unfortunately, both boxcabs were scrapped.


This data, © J.Musser, last updated by him on 20 May 2011.

{End of data from Josh Musser's site, which, unfortunately, may no longer be updated.}


CNJ #1000 and the other early production units had no end doors; #50 and #51, from much later series, did have end doors.

Let me express my great gratitude to Josh Musser for his courtesy in allowng me to reproduce his work here.

As in the header - from Josh Musser's site, from an unknown source, and from Train Shed #20, here's #50:

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Next. let me add two concoctions I created to compare the two units; the first is unprovenanced (I can no longer find from whence the two sets of combined images came) and the second is assembled and rearranged from Josh Musser's page:

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RDG 50/51 Views

[Both images assembled and rearranged by S. Berliner, III - 24 Sep 2016]

Note the original fintube radiators vs. the TWO other types of GE transverse-fan forced-draft radiators!  Note also the unrealistic extreme curvature of the roof in the Reading class drawings.



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