As was mentioned earlier, the low nose engines (#5000-5005) were originally built by Alco for the New York Central (in early 1960) and were later purchased by the D&H. The low nose engines (#5006-5011) were ordered directly by the D&H (in May of 1961) who specified low noses. Whatever was stored in the high-nose wasn't needed by the D&H, or perhaps Alco figured out another location on the engine to hold those internals. The advantages of greater sight lines for the engine crew had resulted in nearly all new engine builds by the major locomotive manufacturers having low noses, a trend that continues to this day. The low nose units actually weighed a little bit more than the high-nose engines, likely because the D&H ordered them with additional ballast for adhesion.
All of the engines were originally delivered in the lightning stripe scheme with the words "Delaware & Hudson" in small letters along the upper sides of the hoods and road numbers in the same size font below them.
|#5006 (May 17, 1881)|
|#5007 (August 12, 1985)|
By all accounts, that means the six low nose engines above were displaying at least four different paint schemes in 1984! Most of these engines survived until the end of the Guilford period of ownership of the D&H, but several were then scrapped. Engine #5010 still operates in western New York on the Buffalo Southern Railroad, and I read online that #5011 went to a museum in Kentucky. Beyond that, I am unaware if any of the other low nose RS11 locomotives survive.
|#5004 (October 1982)|
Atlas offers a model of the #5004 but it isn't clear from their website if it has the cut-down short hood with sandbox notches or the original high nose. Meanwhile, the Walthers site lists the engine but has a picture of the high nose 5003, so I can't rely on them either. Who knows?