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ALCO Military Road Switcher (MRS-1)
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Built from Anthony Sava's instructions with a lot of MODs by me. LDD file NOT included!
About this creation
In the early 1950's the United States Army Transportation Corps (USATC) was considering what would happen to an enemy railroad if another European war broke out. If the native locomotives in said enemy country were destroyed or rendered inoperable (as they likely would have been) what would pull the US military trains on their soil? The answer was not easy, as many countries have different gauges, loading clearances and couplers. The USATC decided on specific set of guidelines for it's Military Road Switcher (MRS) and waited to see which companies would offer the best design. American Locomotive Company (ALCO) beat out Electro-Motive Division (EMD), and won the contact. Engine #8945 was built by ALCO in 1954 and stored until 1970, awaiting a European war that never came. It was sold, unused, to Brick Railway Systems in 1971. It was immediately put to work along with another MRS-1 unit (#8946) on slow freight trains, though #8945 did pull a passenger train in an emergency in 1988. The engine remains in operable condition to this day and has been painted in the Black & red paint scheme.



Engine Number: 8945
Engine Type: Diesel-electric
Configuration: C-C
Engine Class: Military Road Switcher (MRS)
Designer: American Locomotive Company (ALCO)
Build Date: 1954
Builder: ALCO
Current Owner: Brick Railway Systems
Top Speed: 70 MPH

UPDATE:

I redid the fuel tanks, extended the height of the cab roof, sloped both hood-tops, and removed the second set of lights. Their are supposed to be 1x1 tiles with printed numbers / letters saying "BRS" on the side of the long hood, while the numbers "8945" go on the side of the short hood, just above the wheels.

I also have priced this behemoth out, and it actually came out way lower than expected at $98 (US).



Comments

 I made it 
  October 1, 2015
Quoting Jacob Lyman I have to ask if your MRS-1 was based on this locomotive: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=91787 It has the look alright!
Actually, that is the only EMD prototype, the very similar ALCO production version is what I'm modeling. They are very, very similar though!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2015
I have to ask if your MRS-1 was based on this locomotive: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=91787 It has the look alright!
 I made it 
  January 31, 2015
Page and pictures updated on 1/31/15.
 I made it 
  May 6, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Cool engine. I really like your write ups. I'm learning a lot from them.
Thanks Doctor!
 I like it 
  May 6, 2014
Cool engine. I really like your write ups. I'm learning a lot from them.
 I made it 
  May 6, 2014
Quoting jd davis Great rendition of Sava's MRS-1! Looks good in the BRS scheme.
Thank you!
 I like it 
  May 5, 2014
Great rendition of Sava's MRS-1! Looks good in the BRS scheme.
 
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