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 well-known 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 huge Boys equipped for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st publication to inform the entire tale of this corporation principal to American railroad history—and cherished through railfans for its wealthy historical past and its underdog charm. famous rail historian Brian Solomon seems 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 worldwide, from the traditional designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra strong and flashy post–World struggle I types. His certain, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a tricky, bold corporation within the American tradition—rising repeatedly to the calls for of an ever-changing and economic system. 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 street switchers, FA/FB street freight devices, PA highway passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened via various historic photos, sleek pictures, curious information, and firsthand debts, this historical past is a whole, interesting, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yank railroading.
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