Diesel "A-1-A" truck sideframes
No, these are not named after the highway in southeastern Florida! The term "A-1-A" refers to a three axle truck where the outer axles are powered and the middle axle is not. Letters are assigned based on numbers of contiguous powered axles, while numbers represent sets of unpowered axles. Typically these were found under passenger and light duty units.
The models and variants
GSC Single Equalized A-1-A trucks
This truck was used under a multitude of units from Alco, Baldwin, and
Fairbanks-Morse. It is a single, drop-equalized design, and a 15 foot 6 inch
wheelbase. Pennsy units equipped with it include the Baldwin DR-6-4-2000
sharks, F-M Erie-Builts, and Alco PA-1 and PB-1. It came in multiple versions.
That used on the Alco and Baldwin units had equalizers flat on the top and
sloped on the bottom; The F-M version was the opposite. The F-M version also
had a smaller third brake cylinder for the middle axle, and the same spring
sets and bases later used on the C-Liner truck.
Athearn has a version of this truck for their PAs, as does Proto 2000.
F-M Erie-Built fabricated trucks
The fabricated truck used on some Erie-builts was apparently an attempt by GE
to try and bring down construction costs by not having to pay for the GSC
EMD A-1-A trucks
This truck was also designed by Blomberg, but was not commonly called by his
name. It has a 14 foot, 1 inch wheelbase. EMD passenger units, including the
E7s and E8s of the Pennsy, used this truck. The Rivarossi, Con-Cor (ex-Roco),
and Proto 2000 E units all have renderings of this truck.
Here's the one from the Proto 2000 E7B
Commonwealth cast trucks
Also a GSC cast design, this truck was found under Baldwin AS416s. It had a wheelbase of 11 feet, 6 inches, and the middle axle was slightly off-center. It was equipped with plain bearings. No known models.
Alco RSC-2 truck
This truck was only found under the Alco RSC-2. It featured single-drop-equalized trucks with even axle spacing. Wheelbase was 10 feet, 5 inches. A model was made by Kato.
Alco RSC-3 truck
Apparently the RSC-2 design didn't pan out, because the Alco RSC-3 came with a new design, double-equalized but again with evenly spaced axles. This greatly resembled the truck found on the RSD-4 and RSD-5, with the single large brake cylinder.
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