Infobox Locomotive
name=ALCO RSD-5

caption=Chicago and North Western Railway 1689 at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
builddate= 1952–1955
totalproduction=204 (167 USA, 37 Mexico)
primemover=ALCO 12-244
The ALCO RSD-5 was a diesel-electric locomotive of the road switcher type rated at convert|1600|hp|MW|lk=on, that rode on a pair of three-axle trucks, having a C-C wheel arrangement.

Basically an upgraded version of the earlier ALCO RSD-4, and used in much the same manner as its four-axle counterpart, the ALCO RS-3. Though the six-motor design allowed better tractive effort at lower speeds.

Original owners

Preserved units

As of 2006, there are only two of these locomotives known to be in existence. Unit number 1689, owned by Gary Balone, which is currently in operation at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The other is the former Utah Railway 306 owned by Doyle McCormack, in California.


*cite book |author=Pinkepank, Jerry A. |year=1973 |title=The Second Diesel Spotter’s Guide |location=Milwaukee, Wisconsin |publisher=Kalmbach Publishing Company |pages=p.247 |isbn=0-89024-026-4

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