Upon taking control of most of the northeastern US rail network, Conrail’s demand for modern switching locomotives was far greater than obtainable supply and creative efficiency became a necessity.
Thus, their inherited ALCO RS3 fleet was rebuilt using engines from recently-retired EMD passenger diesels and the ‘Juniata Geep’ was born. Rebuilt at Conrail’s Juniata (Altoona, PA) Locomotive Shops, our Retro-Kit™ provides the primary aesthetic changes that gave a second life to 56 first-generation diesels. Working our way from the front of the long hood, those details are:
- Replacement of the single ALCO radiator fan, near the front of the long hood, with a pair of EMD fans.
- Body-wide plate/lid for the water expansion tank.
- Replacement of the single ALCO exhaust stack with a twinned pair of EMD switcher stacks.
The nature of this retrofit allows the modeler to use our parts as a template for the body work needed to install this kit. Any necessary commercially-available parts are included with our kit free of charge. Sound video of the most unique and iconic Juniata Geep, LV 211, is available at this link.
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