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 hot York principal, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 monstrous Boys outfitted for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st publication to inform the whole tale of this corporation primary to American railroad history—and cherished via 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 numerous smaller locomotive developers in 1901 to shape Alco. Solomon describes the locomotives that made Alco’s identify all over the world, from the traditional designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra strong and flashy post–World battle I versions. His precise, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a difficult, formidable corporation within the American tradition—rising time and again 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 highway switchers, FA/FB street freight devices, PA highway passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened via a number of historic photos, smooth pictures, curious information, and firsthand bills, this heritage is an entire, interesting, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yankee railroading.
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Alco Locomotives by Brian Solomon