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 hot York relevant, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 tremendous Boys outfitted for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st publication to inform the complete tale of this corporation principal to American railroad history—and loved by means of railfans for its wealthy history and its underdog attraction. famous rail historian Brian Solomon appears 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 special, 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 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 highway freight devices, PA street passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened by means of various historic pictures, smooth pictures, curious info, and firsthand debts, this historical past is an entire, interesting, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yank railroading.
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