American Locomotive Works (ALCO) S-2 Switcher

No. 744 - First

Tidewater Southern Railway diesel locomotive No. 744 (First) (Builder #75659) was acquired in June of 1967 from the P. W. Duffy and Son Company, as former Missouri Pacific Railroad No. 1058 (retired  from M.P. on January 25, 1967).  It was then sold in July of 1969 to the Western Pacific Railroad, becoming their second W.P. No. 554.  The W.P. retired the unit in February of 1970 and sold it to Chrome Crankshaft.  It was then acquired by Relco Locomotives (Railway Equipment Leasing Corp) of San Gabriel, California as their No. 1014.  Relco then leased the loco to GATX Rail of Colton, California.  The unit was eventually scrapped.

The 1,000 horsepower locomotive was manufactured by ALCO in March of 1948 as a switcher engine.

(Photos: Top - Unknown photographer, unknown location, July 1973.)



No. 744 - Second

Tidewater Southern No. 744 (Second) (Builder #70953) was acquired in June of 1969 from the Western Pacific Railroad (the first W.P. No. 554).  The locomotive was manufactured by ALCO in November of 1943 as a switcher engine, at the onset of the national transition from steam power locos to diesel/electric power units.

T.S. No. 744 was sold to the Oakland Terminal Railway in April of 1970 and renumbered to O.T. No. 102.

(Photos: Top - Jim Shaw, Escalon, September 1969.  Second - Don Ross, Oakland, February 1967.  Third - Jim Shaw, Oakland, September 1971.)