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 significant, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 vast Boys equipped for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st ebook to inform the complete tale of this corporation critical to American railroad history—and liked by way of railfans for its wealthy background 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 a number of smaller locomotive developers in 1901 to shape Alco. Solomon describes the locomotives that made Alco’s identify all over the world, from the normal designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra strong and flashy post–World conflict I versions. His certain, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a difficult, bold corporation within the American tradition—rising time and again 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 street passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened via a variety of old pictures, sleek pictures, curious information, and firsthand debts, this historical past is a whole, interesting, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yankee railroading.
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