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 vital, 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 total tale of this corporation primary to American railroad history—and loved by means of railfans for its wealthy history and its underdog attraction. famous rail historian Brian Solomon seems to be 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 around the globe, from the normal designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra robust and flashy post–World warfare 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 economy.
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 highway freight devices, PA highway passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened via various historic images, glossy photos, curious information, and firsthand debts, this heritage is an entire, attention-grabbing, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yankee railroading.
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Alco Locomotives by Brian Solomon