Diesel Locomotives

Locomotives are listed in order of road number. In the case of road numbers that were used more than once, the first locomotive to use that number is listed as x:1, the second as x:2. Models are available in plastic, or can be converted from available plastic models, for most LV diesels except the earliest.

Locomotive LV numbers * LV Class Years on Roster ** Available models References & Comments
GE 28-1/2 ton 10 – 14 1922 – 1949
Mack 45 ton 50 – 52 1929 – 1946
GE 44 ton 60 – 62 1941 – 1964 HO: Spectrum 80001 (undecorated)
EMC model 60 75, 76 1930 – 1952 HO: MDC Box Cab is a reasonable stand-in. Photo in Archer, p.240
AGEIR 60 ton Box Cab 99, 100 BB-1 1926 – 1947 HO: MDC Box Cab is a reasonable stand-in. See John F. Campbell’s AGEIR study for photo & history.
GE/ALCO 71 ton 101 1931 – ? Photo in Archer, p.238 indentifies this unit as a Brill-GE-McIntosh & Seymour boxcab.
ALCO HH300 102, 103 1931 – 1953
ALCO HH600 105 BB-4
DS-2
1932 – 1963 HO: Brass only: Alco, Key, Overland, and maybe E&P?
EMD SW1 106:1, 107:1,108, 109, 110:1, 112, 114, 115
118, 119
BB-4
DS-2
ES-6
1938 – 1976 HO: Walthers 1366 (LV 115, Cornell Red/black stripes)
1350 (undecorated)
106 – 115 were delivered pre-war, and had the stepped hood just in front of the cab. 118 & 119 were delivered in 1950, and had a single slope in front of the cab.
EMD
SW900m
106:2, 107:2, 110:2
(“rebuilt” SW1’s)
120:2 – 127:2, 130:2
(“rebuilt” NW1’s)
1950 – 1976 HO: Proto 2000 SW8 can be used as basis. Calling these “rebuilt” may have been a tax strategy. They were essentially new, using some trade-in parts.
ALCO HH660 116 1939 – 1963 HO: JJL Models is produced a resin kit; Atlas produced a factory-painted LV unit
ALCO S1 117 1950 – 1969 HO: Proto 2000 23736 (undecorated) S1s have a narrower radiator, and one more hood door than S2s.
EMD NW1 121:1- 130:1 1937 – 1958 Curt Pope’s model
Brill 73 ton 125:1 1927 – 1957
EMD SW8m 128:2, 129:2 1953 – 1976 HO: Proto 2000 SW8 can be used as basis.
BLW VO-1000 135 – 139 BB-8
DS-6
BS-10
1944 – 1969 HO: Stewart Hobbies 4700 (undecorated)
4730 (LV 136, Cornell Red/black stripes)
4749 (LV 139, Cornell Red/black stripes)
BLW
DS 4-4-1000
140 – 148 DS-6
BS-10
1949 – 1974 HO: Stewart 4800 (undecorated)
4813 (LV 140 Cornell Red/black stripes)
4814 (LV 148 Cornell Red/black stripes)
See the Baldwin Switcher page for differences between the DS-4-4-1000 and the S-12.
ALCO S2 150 – 165 BB-8
DS-6
1942 – 1965 HO: Atlas 8709 (LV 151 Cornell Red/black stripes)
8710 (LV 158 Cornell Red/black stripes)
Atlas’ Cornell Red is too dark
ALCO S4 166 – 167 1951 – 1969 HO: Atlas S4s are identical to S2s except for using AAR trucks instead of Blunt trucks
EMD NW2 180 – 186 1949 – 1976 HO: BLI 644 (undecorated)
Con-Cor (ex Revell) #0001-001521 (LV 183); labelled SW7, but is closer to NW2 Phase V.
BLW
DRS-4-4-15
200 1948 – 1972 HO: Stewart Hobbies AS-16 is a reasonable stand-in
4150 (Cornell Red, no numbers)
4000 (undecorated)
Rich Jahn’s article in FD&S 3/2 covers the history of this unit with b&w photos, paint diagram.
Color photo on rear cover of FD&S 6/4 shows 200 with plow pilot in road operation on Buffalo Division.
Lee Turner’s O scale model
LV 200 was a late DRS-4-4-15, almost indistinguishable from an AS-16. However the radiator grill needs to be modified to remove the middle horizontal bar, and relocated to be flush with the walkway. (This was an LV option, not a distinguishing feature of DRS-4-4-15 vs AS-16.)
ALCO RS2 210:1 – 212:1
(traded to PC 1970)
213, 214, 217, 218
1949 – 1970, 1950 – 1976 HO: Kato 37-2301 through 2303 (Great Northern)
The GN units have the correct combination of water cooled exhaust stack, roller bearing trucks, and drop step end railings. Kato does not list an undecorated model with this combination.
Proto 1000 #30709 (LV 210, Tuscan), #30710 (LV 212, Tuscan), release scheduled for Aug. 2003.
FD&S 4/3 has an article by Mike Bednar on operating the RS2s and RS3s, with complete photo roster and discussion of paint schemes.
ALCO RS3 215, 216, 219210:2 – 212:2
(from PC 1970)
1950 – 1976, 1970 – 1976 HO: Model Die Casting 2380 (undecorated)
2395 (LV 216, Cornell Red/yellow stripe)
– generally considered to be the most accurate model of a phase I RS3, but paint job is mediocre.
Atlas 8150 (LV 216, Tuscan/ broad yellow band) slightly undersized
Stewart 1000 (Ph. I) undecorated, for all but LV 212
Stewart 3000 (Ph. III) undecorated, for LV 212
Detail Associates 3608 or Tiger Valley “hammerhead” conversion kit will depict LV 211.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Overland brass 087010115.2 (LV 211)
FD&S 4/3 has an article by Mike Bednar on operating the RS2s and RS3s, with complete photo roster and discussion of paint schemes.LV 210, 211 & 212 were RS3s from PC that replaced RS2s of the same numbers.
RS3 211 was a Phase I with a high short hood (“hammerhead’).
RS3 212 was a Phase III unit.
Microscale MC-4218 decals cover 216 in the broad yellow band scheme.
EMD SW7 220 (Phase 1)
221 – 224 (Phase 2)
1950 – 1976 HO: Phase 1: BLI 651 (undecorated)
Phase 2: BLI 667 (undecorated),
Athearn 4001 (undecorated) hood is too wide.
220 was delivered in Jan. 1950, 221-224 in Dec. 1950.
BLW S-12 230 – 243 1950 – 1975 HO: Stewart 4900 (undecorated)
4913 (LV 234 Cornell Red/black stripes)
4914 (LV 242 Cornell Red/black stripes)
Athearn 4001 (undecorated) hood is too wide.
See the Baldwin Switcher page for differences between the DS-4-4-1000 and the S-12.
EMD SW8 250 – 255
(no DB, mu on cab end only, single headlights)
256 – 273
(DB, mu on both ends, dual headlights)
274
(no DB, mu on cab end only, dual headlights)
275 – 276
(no DB, no mu capability, dual headlights)
1950 – 1976, 1951 – 1976, 1952 – 1976, 1952 – 1976 HO: Proto 2000 30073 (undecorated)
30091 (LV 275, Cornell Red/black stripes)
30092 (LV 276, Cornell Red/black stripes).
Other road numbers listed at left can be modeled by replacing the P2K dual headlight with a Detail Associates single headlight, and replacing one or both of the end railings with P2K part #584764, the mu version. The dynamic brake equipped versions can be modeled with the ARHS resin conversion kit.See the Modeling Page on LV’s SW8s.
Some units had mu installed as a retrofit, but the end handrails were not always changed. It is important to look at photos of the units you are modeling, taken in the time period you are modeling. Clint Chamberlin’s LV Roster page is a good place to start.
EMD SW9 280 – 285 (mu cab end only as delivered)
286 – 292 (no mu capability as delivered)
1951 – 1976 HO: Proto 2000
21154 (LV 283, Cornell Red/black stripes)
21155 (LV 292, Cornell Red/black stripes)
P2K model of LV283 has mu on both ends. Can replace end handrails with parts from P2K: 584763 – w/o mu; 584764 with mu.
Oriental (brass)
Some units had mu installed as a retrofit, but the end handrails were not changed.  It is important to look at photos of the units you are modeling, taken in the time period you are modeling. Clint Chamberlin’s LV Roster page is a good place to start.
EMD GP9 300 – 301 1959 – 1976 HO: Proto 2000
21698 (LV 300, Cornell Red/black stripes)
21699 (LV 301, Cornell Red/black stripes)
Bob Kessler’s modeling article in RMC, 1/2002, p.62, provides great tips on detailing.
EMD GP18 302 – 305 1960 – 1976 HO: Proto 2000 retooled version: 30534 (undecorated w/ DB)
30686 (LV 305, Tuscan/yellow stripe)
30687 (LV 303, Tuscan/yellow stripe)
Original P2K 1992-93 version:
8143 (LV 302, Cornell Red/black stripes)
8144 (LV 303, Cornell Red/black stripes)
Detail Associates part #2706 is the correct Horst Paducah air filter for 304 after its rebuild.
Sunrise Enterprises detail part #13126 is the correct air
filter box for 305 in its final form.
Bob Kessler’s modeling article in RMC, 1/2002, p.62, provides great tips on detailing.
The original P2K GP18 was one of their first releases, and some of the operating parts are overscale. A better GP18 can be made by modifying the grilles and bell on a GP9. P2K parts package #584587 (GP20 Detail Parts) provides grille guards, 48″ cap top and pan top fans, plus bell and other parts for $15 + 10% S&H. The shutters can be made from Evergreen #4041 clapboard siding.
EMD GP38AC 310 – 313 1971 – 1976 HO: Atlas 8960 (undecorated) GP38AC is externally indistinguishable from GP38.
Tom Haag’s model
EMD GP38-2 314 – 325 1972 – 1976 HO: Athearn 4600 (undecorated); 8014 (LV 324) announced for Dec. 2003.
Proto 2000 #30768 (LV 320, Cornell Red/yellow stripe)
30769 (LV 323, Cornell Red/yellow stripe).
Jim Six’s model
ALCO RS11
low nose
400 – 403 1960 – 1976 HO: Tiger Valley RS11-II-Lo (cast metal)
ALCO Models (brass)
Atlas high nose model can be kitbashed.
ALCO C420 404 – 415 1964 – 1976 HO: MRC/Lima 101 (LV 408, Yellow Jacket)
Rivarossi 1870 (LV 408, Yellow Jacket) – reissue of Lima model
Tiger Valley C420-I-Lo (cast metal)
Need to add dynamic brakes to the MRC/Lima-Rivarossi model. Tiger Valley C420 part #13 can be used.
EMD
FTA/FTB
500 – 507*
(A’s even, B’s odd)
D-F-1 1945 – 1960 HO: Stewart Hobbies
5020 (Cornell Red/black stripes, no numbers)
Stewart’s Cornell Red is generally agreed to be the most accurate.
EMD
F3A/F3B
510 – 512*
513 – 529
(A’s even, B’s odd)
1948 – 1972 HO: Stewart Hobbies
8410/8411 (Cornell Red/black stripes, no numbers)
The P1K model is wrong for LV, which used a later phase that looked more like an F7A/B.
Bob Kessler’s article in RMC, 11/2002, p.92, provides great detailing tips.
F3Bs 513 & 521 were the last B units on the LVRR, and were traded in to EMD on the GP38-2s in 12/72, outlasting the F7Bs.
GE U23B 501 – 507*
508 – 509
510 – 512*
1974 – 1976 HO: Atlas
8661 (LV 501, Cornell Red/yellow stripe)
8662 (LV 507, Cornell Red/yellow stripe)
also without number in Cornell Red/yellow stripe, kit # unknown
ALCO
FA1/FB1
530 – 549
(A’s even, B’s odd)
1948 – 1964 HO: Proto 2000
23462 (LV 530/531, Cornell Red/black stripes)
23463 (LV 548/549, Cornell Red/black stripes)
Walthers 227 (LV 538, Cornell Red/black stripes)
228 (LV 542, Cornell Red/black stripes)
274 (LV 531, Cornell Red/black stripes)
P2K’s Cornell Red is too dark. (PollyScale Cornell Red matches the P2K color.)
EMD
F7A/F7B
560 – 574
(A’s even, B’s odd)
1950 – 1972 HO: Stewart Hobbies
5616 (Cornell Red/black stripes, no numbers)
Athearn SE 2204 (LV 576, 578, Cornell Red/black stripes – both numbers represent a 1990s restoration, and were never actually used on the LV)
Bob Kessler’s article in RMC, 11/2002, p.92, provides great detailing tips.
There was no 573.
F7As 562, 564, 572 and 574 were the last A units on the LVRR, and were traded in to EMD on the GP38-2s in 12/72.
ALCO
FA2/FB2
580 – 594 1950 – 1966 HO: Proto 2000
8365 (LV 586, Cornell Red/black stripes)
8366 (LV 588, Cornell Red/black stripes)
8367 (LV 583, Cornell Red/black stripes)
ALCO PA1 601 – 614 1948 – 1965 HO: Proto 2000
21678 (LV 609 Cornell Red/black stripes)
21679 (LV 611 Cornell Red/black stripes)
BevBel/Athearn 1540-1 (LV 603 Cornell Red/black stripes)
1540-2 (LV 604 Cornell Red/black stripes)
Rich Jahn’s article in FD&S 7/2 has history and paint variations, with lots of photos.
LV had no PB units. PAs had no dynamic brakes.
ALCO C628 625 – 632
633 – 641 (ex-Monon units)
1964 – 1976 HO: Stewart Hobbies
6200 (undecorated, single sand filler)
6201 (undecorated, dual sand filler)
6211 (White, no numbers)
6224 (Cornell Red/yellow stripe, no numbers)
6225 (LV 628, Cornell Red/yellow stripe)
6226 (LV 633, Cornell Red/yellow stripe)
Empire Northern/ARHS
LV 639, Cornell Red/yellow stripe
Tiger Valley C628-Lo (cast metal)
Mehano, imported by several companies: Life-Like 8331 (LV 638, white), IHC
625 – 632 are Phase II units with single sand filler as ordered by LV & should have slight differences in long hood door arrangements not depicted on the Stewart model.
633 – 641 are Phase I units & should have rain shields over air intakes. Two sand fillers on low hood were a Monon option.
Tom Haag’s model
ALCO RS11
high nose (leased from PRR in 1964)
8640 – 8644, 8648
(renumbered 1967)
7640 – 7644, 7648
1964 – 1967, 1967 – 1976 HO: Atlas
8182 (LV 7640, Cornell Red/yellow stripe)
8183 (LV 7643, Cornell Red/yellow stripe)
– above based on Atlas RS3 chassis.
8775 (LV 7642, Tuscan/yellow stripe)
8776 (LV 7644, Tuscan/yellow stripe)
– new issue with correct wheelbase chassis, wire grab irons.
Tiger Valley RS11-I-Hi (cast metal)
FD&S 16/2 has an article by Rich Jahn on these units with lots of color & b&w photos, 12/3/63 painting diagram for the original Tuscan scheme, and a complete painting history.

* Note that some numbers were used twice as units were retired and replaced by others, sometimes of different type. The first locomotive to use that number is listed as x:1, the second as x:2.
** This is the total time span for units of this type; not all units remained on the roster between these dates.
Sources:
Lehigh Valley Railroad – The New York Division, by Mike Bednar, Garrigues House, 1993. Complete details of the Lehigh Valley diesel roster, including purchase and disposition dates for each unit, can be found on pages 134 – 137.
Lehigh Valley Railroad Diesel Paint Schemes (1925-1976), by Carl Steckler, 40 Simms Hill Rd, Dryden, NY 13053, 1993.
Bulletin No. 126, Lehigh Valley Issue, The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, April 1972.

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