Alco C630

Six-Motors That Worked for a Second or Third Owner

Family Lines (Louisville & Nashville) #1434 at Corbin, Kentucky (Sid Vaught photo)

New: 1 February 2021
By the close of the 20th Century, the prospects of finding an Alco C630 still generating revenue for its owner (original or second-hand) were close to non-existant. The hunt for one of 77 Schenectady-built C630s or 56 Montreal-built C630Ms meant traveling to the northern reaches of Quebec, Canada or the Eastern United States -- New York and Pennsylvania. Regrettably for Alco fans, there is now only one of those six-motor Alcos in service, it can still be spotted occasionally racking-up miles on the Western New York & Pennsylvania railroad.

C630/C630M: Second-hand Owners

Arkansas & Missouri #70 (ex-CPR #4500) at Springdale, Arkansas. (Jerry Coffey photo)

British Columbia Rail #703 (ex-PGE #702) at Porteau, BC in September 1988. (Gregory Weirich photo)

Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia #2003 (ex-CNR #2003) at Grand Tracadie, NS in July 1997. (Bill Linley photo)

Cartier # 30-39 (ex-DM&IR ) photo needed here

Conrail #6770 (Penn Central #6320 < nee PRR #6320) at Collingwood, OH in May 1977. (John C. Benson photo)

Duluth Missabe & Iron Range #902 (ex-UP 902) at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on 9 Aprl 1976. (Cody White photo)

FNM #702 (ex-BCR #702 < nee Pacific Great Easter #702 --(placeholder)

IBCX #2028 (ex-CB&CNS #2028 < nee CNR #2028) at Detroit, Michigan in May 2002. (Tom Keeping photo)

Penn Central #6321 (ex-PRR #63221) at Frontier Yard in Buffalo, New York on 12 April 1976. (R. W. Richards photo)

Cliff Robbe River #9418 (ex-C&O 2102) hauling Iron Ore Train Loop 1 in May 1978. (Jim Bisdee photo / Phil Melling collection)

SCL #2211 (ex-ACL #2001) at Waycross, Georgia on 25 January 1970. (Keith Ardinger photo / R. Craig collection)

WNY&P #630 (ex-A&M #70 < nee CPR 4500) at Port Allegany, PA. Joseph Cermak photo

Link to Alco C630/C630M - Part 1

All Alco C630 / C630Ms built by Schenectady Plant (New York) are scrapped unless otherwise noted

Technical Data

Data Sheet Information and Drawing by: Jean-Denis Bachand
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Engine Builder: Alco 4-cycle Model 251E V16 at 3000 horsepower Bore & Stroke: 9" X 10.5" with 1100 / 400 RPM (Max. / Min.)/td>
Speed: 70 mph, with 74:18 Gear Ratio Weight: 420,000 lbs with Continuous Tractive Force of 79,500 lbs @ 12 mph
Tri-Mount 6-Wheel (2) Traction Motors: GE 752 (Six)
Multiple Unit Capability: Yes Dynamic Braking: Yes
Main Generator: GE GTA9 Auxilary Generator: GE
Air Brake: Westinghouse Model: 36L Compressor: Westinghouse 3CDC
Quantity Built: 77 (Dates: 7/1965 to 10/1967
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Total Length: 69'-06" Pilot to Pilot: 64'-06"
Truck Wheel Base: 12'-06" (Hi-Adhesion 13'-07") Wheel Diameter: 40" and 21 degree Turning Radius (minimum)
Height to Top Engine Hood: 15'-03" Cab Width: 10'-01", and height to Top Cab : 14'-10"
Distance between Truck Centers: 53'-11" Center Bolster: 46'-05"
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Fuel Oil: 3200 Lubricating Oil: 330
Engine Cooling Water: 340 Sand Capacity: 56 cu. ft.
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Somebody's Large Digital Image Here Drawing by: Jean-Denis Belanger (11 April 2005)
Reference Sources:
  • Railroad Model Craftsman, August 1984
  • Railroad Model Craftsman, October 1984
  • Alco Design Data
  • Mainline Modeler, August 1885
Contributors: R. Craig and Ray Sabo

Original upload: 1 November 2020

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