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Vehicle - Rail - Locomotive - Diesel - Baldwin RS12 Road Switcher

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Vehicle - Rail - Locomotive - Diesel - Baldwin RS12 Road Switcher
Name Locomotive, Diesel, Baldwin RS12
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Locomotive
SubType Diesel
Variety Baldwin RS12 Road Switcher
Manufacturer Baldwin Locomotive Works (Details)
Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)

History: The RS12 was the final road switcher Baldwin would produce and designed to replace the earlier DRS-4-4-1000 albeit with a bit more horsepower. Unfortunately, the locomotive found little success as well although it did sell about twice as many examples and to more railroads than its predecessor. One reason the model sold poorly was that Baldwin already cataloged three other, more powerful road switcher models; the AS16, AS416, and AS616. At the time the then Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation (BLH) was concentrating much more seriously on being a prominent diesel locomotive manufacturer although its parent Westinghouse decided to exit the market in the mid-1950s, ironically during a time when the builder was seeing record sales. Today, McCloud River Railroad #33 survives and is in operational for California's popular Skunk Train.

From American Rails

The Baldwin Locomotive Works was an American builder of railroad locomotives. It was originally located in Philadelphia, and later moved to nearby Eddystone, Pennsylvania. Although the company was very successful as the largest producer of steam locomotives, its transition to the production of diesels was far less so. Later, when the early demand for diesel locomotives to replace steam tapered off, Baldwin could not compete in the marketplace. It stopped producing locomotives in 1956 and went out of business in 1972, having produced over 70,000 locomotives, the vast majority powered by steam.

In 1956, after 125 years of continuous locomotive production, Baldwin closed most of its Eddystone plant and ceased producing locomotives. The company instead concentrated on production of heavy construction equipment. More than 70,500 locomotives had been built when production ended. In 1965 Baldwin became a wholly owned subsidiary of Armour and Company. Greyhound Corporation purchased Armour and Company in 1970, and in 1972 Greyhound closed Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton for good.

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Item created by: gdm on 2018-08-27 09:54:11

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