By Brian Solomon
As soon as 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 significant, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 colossal Boys outfitted for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st booklet to inform the complete tale of this corporation critical to American railroad history—and loved through railfans for its wealthy history and its underdog allure. 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 a number of smaller locomotive developers in 1901 to shape Alco. Solomon describes the locomotives that made Alco’s identify around the globe, from the traditional designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra strong and flashy post–World warfare I types. His certain, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a difficult, formidable corporation within the American tradition—rising repeatedly to the calls for of an ever-changing and economic climate. Solomon additionally covers Alco electrics (built in partnership with GE), in addition to the company’s winning and quirky diesel choices, together with the RS-2 and RS-3 highway switchers, FA/FB street freight devices, PA highway passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened by means of a number of old photos, sleek pictures, curious information, and firsthand debts, this background is a whole, attention-grabbing, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yankee railroading.
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