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 valuable, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 huge Boys outfitted for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st booklet to inform the entire tale of this corporation principal to American railroad history—and loved via 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 numerous smaller locomotive developers in 1901 to shape Alco. Solomon describes the locomotives that made Alco’s identify worldwide, from the normal designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra strong and flashy post–World warfare I versions. His distinctive, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a tricky, bold corporation within the American tradition—rising many times 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 profitable 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 by way of a variety of historic pictures, glossy pictures, curious info, and firsthand debts, this historical past is a whole, interesting, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yank railroading.
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