By Brian Solomon
Once the second-largest steam locomotive builder within the united states, American Locomotive corporation (Alco) produced 75,000 locomotives, between them such recognized examples because the 4-6-4 Hudsons and 4-8-4 Niagaras equipped for the recent York critical, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 significant Boys equipped for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st publication to inform the entire tale of this corporation vital to American railroad history—and loved through railfans for its wealthy historical past and its underdog attraction. famous rail historian Brian Solomon appears to be like again on the founding of Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1848 and proceeds to hide that company’s merger with numerous smaller locomotive developers in 1901 to shape Alco. Solomon describes the locomotives that made Alco’s identify all over the world, from the traditional designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra robust and flashy post–World struggle I types. His particular, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a difficult, formidable corporation within the American tradition—rising time and again to the calls for of an ever-changing and economy.
Solomon additionally covers Alco electrics (built in partnership with GE), in addition to the company’s profitable and quirky diesel choices, together with the RS-2 and RS-3 street switchers, FA/FB highway freight devices, PA street passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened through various ancient images, smooth photos, curious info, and firsthand bills, this historical past is a whole, interesting, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yank railroading.
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