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 important, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 enormous Boys outfitted for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st e-book to inform the entire tale of this corporation primary to American railroad history—and cherished by means of railfans for its wealthy history and its underdog charm. 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 worldwide, from the traditional designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra robust and flashy post–World warfare I types. His distinctive, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a difficult, 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 highway switchers, FA/FB highway freight devices, PA highway passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened by means of quite a few old photos, glossy photographs, curious info, and firsthand bills, this historical past is an entire, attention-grabbing, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yank railroading.
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