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BSRM 0954

Berskhire Scenic Ry. 0954

Built: American Locomotive Co., 1945
Serial No.: 73085
Weight: 100 tons

BSRM 0954 is a model S-1, diesel-electric switcher built by American Locomotive Co. (Alco) in Schenectady, NY. It was built in 1945 and is equipped with a McIntosh & Seymor model 539 six-cylinder diesel engine, which generates 660 hp. Built for the Maine Central Railroad as 954, it was designated class DS-3b. In 1976, it was purchased by General Electric and overhauled at their shops in Erie, PA. From there, the locomotive became No. 6 and was assigned to GE's Power Transformer plant in Pittsfield, MA.

In 1988, GE donated the locomotive to BSRM, where it was assigned number 0954 and painted in a scheme reminiscent of New Haven’s fleet of switchers. The leading “0” in the number is consistent with New Haven numbering practice during the steam-to-diesel transition era. New diesel locomotives were given a leading zero to avoid conflict with a steam locomotive using the same road number.

Locomotive 0954 is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration and rebuilding of the body, trucks, and paint, so that it may serve our museum for many years to come. Please consider contributing towards restoration with a donation, or spending a few hours with our volunteers!

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