Alco C-855 (DL-855) and C-855B (DL-856)

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Data Sheet Information Compiled by: JEAN-DENIS BACHAND
New: 8 April 2005 Drawing by: Jean-Denis Bachand
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Engine Builder: Alco Engine: Two 4-cycle Model 251C V12
Bore & Stroke 9" X 10.5"
RPM (Maximum / Minimum) 1050 / 750
Main Generator: Two GE - GT598 Horsepower: 5500
Gear Ratio: 65:18 Speed: 75 mph
Four 4-Wheel Configuration: B-B/B-B
Traction Motor Blowers: Mechanical Driven (4) Model: Stunt
Weight: 551,000 lbs Traction Motors: GE 752 (eight)
Tractive Effort (starting) 109,000 lbs @ 25% Tractive Effort (continuous): 88,000 lbs @ 10 mph
Multiple Unit Capability: Yes Dynamic Braking: Yes
Auxilary Generator: GE GY27-5 Alternator: not applicable
Air Brake: Westinghouse Model: 26L
Compressor: Westinghouse Model: 3CDC
Quantity Built: 2 (C-855) and 1 (C-855B) Dates: 6/1964
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Exterior Dimensions C-855 and C-855B
Total Length 86'-00" / 86'-00"
Pilot to Pilot 76'-00" / 76'-00"
Wheel Diameter 40"
Truck Wheel Base 23'-00" / 23'-00"
Height to Top Engine Hood 16'-06" / 16'-01"
Height to Top Cab Hood 16'-01" / --
Cab Width 10'-00" / --
Top Walkway Width 10'-00" /10'-00"
Walkway Width 5'-01" / 5'-01"
Engine Hood Width 10'-06" / 10'-06"
Center Bolster 44'-00" / 44'-00"
Center Front Truck to Front Pilot 7'-00" / 7'-00"
Center Rear Tucrk to Rear Pilot 7'-02" / 7'-02"
Distance between Truck Centers 70'-07" /70'-07"
Minimum Turning Radious 30 degrees
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Fuel Oil: 4000 Lubricating Oil: 400
Engine Cooling Water: 320 Sand Capacity: 48 cu. ft.
Options: Dynamic Brakes
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Drawing by: Jean-Denis Bachand
Reference Sources:
  • Alco: A Centennial Remembrance, by Richard T. Steinbrenner
  • Giants of the West, by George R. Cockle
  • The Diesel Builders, Vol.2 by John F. Kirkland

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