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{First AGEIR Production Diesel-Electric Locomotives}

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Long Island Rail Road #401 was not only the unique 100 ton version of the initial AGEIR Production it also received unique modifications while in service...  While Chicago & North Western 60 ton #1000 had two later improved models of the AGEIR production to gain experience from with exhaust improvements over the "Squat Pot" exhaust stacks..  Long Island RR #401 simply added extensions to its four "Squat Pots" ... but did employ the later roof cooling sytems developed for the GE/I-R production models after ALCO parted from the consortium...  Image taken at the Sunnyside Yard...

Ingersoll-Rand marketed the AGEIR locomotives in three categories.  A 60 ton 300 horsepower design, 100 ton 600 horsepower version, and a 108 ton 750 horsepower unit.  All three were offered in both a "Switching Service" and "Road Service" version with only a change in gear ratio to distinguish between them.  Of the 33 AGEIR Diesel-electrics produced none are known to be of the 108 ton 750 horsepower concept.  For all practical purposes the AGEIR locomotives were ideally suited for switching service with the large amount of weight placed on their driving wheels, but it would take future designs of the Diesel-electric to produce enough horsepower that would be required for successful road units...

The two model catagories of 60 ton and 100 ton Box Cab locomotives varied in actual weight all the way up to 66 tons and 74 tons for the 60 ton version (the latter weight came about by customer ARMCO requesting that ballast be added during construction).  Long Island Rail Road 100 ton unit #401 has been reported to weigh 203,300 lbs (102 tons), but the original Builders specifications indicate 100 tons on the drivers.  The 1927 "rebuilding" of this unit could account for this difference.  In any event weights fluctuated both at time of construction and over the years on railroad operation records, but the model designations of 60 ton and 100 ton remained constant...

Sectional image showing top view of #2 end for Long Island #401 with apparatus layout.
Note: This digital image from the overall drawing is not to scale.

Long Island #401 was the only 100 ton 600 horsepower AGEIR unit built on ALCO Order # S1494 and utilized the flat-faced (squared off ends) design of the AGEIR 60 ton 300 horsepower Diesel-electrics.  The next 100 ton locomotive Order issued by ALCO was # S1531 for five 600 horsepower units.  This group all had slightly rounded ends along with a few other modifications.  The seventh and last 600 horsepower Diesel-electric built by the AGEIR consortium returned to a slightly more squared off ends design.  Coincidentally this latter locomotive was also built for the Long Island Rail Road as their 2nd #402 and was the only unit built on ALCO Order # S1582...

Sandwiched between Long Island #401 and 2nd #402 were five 100 ton 600 horsepower Diesel-electric units built from ALCO Order # S1531.  They each had the slightly rounded ends as shown in the above image and minimum constructed weight for these units seems to be 108 tons.  All 26 AGEIR 60 ton 300 horsepower locomotives were built with the squared off flat-faced Box Cab car body design...

For additional information regarding ALCO/GE/Ingersoll-Rand Oil-electric/Diesel-electric locomotives as well as other Box Cab related motive power it is suggested that one visits the web site of Sam Berliner III ...

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The History of the Diesel Locomotive in America
by John F. Kirkland
Special 80, Published by Interurban Press of Glendale California, Spring 1983
ISBN 0-916374-52-1

This book offers excellent coverage of the developement of the Diesel internal combustion power plant as well as the many manufacturers, in addition to the AGEIR consortium, who pursued the early development of Diesel-electric and related locomotives.  It also provides a good cross referrence to some of the material presented at this web site.  Note: Kirkland's date of "December 1928", pp 89, for the purchase of AGEIR-built Baltimore & Ohio #1 is a typo...


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