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 well-known examples because the 4-6-4 Hudsons and 4-8-4 Niagaras outfitted for the hot York critical, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 monstrous Boys outfitted for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st ebook to inform the entire tale of this corporation valuable to American railroad history—and loved through railfans for its wealthy historical past and its underdog allure. 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 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 strong and flashy post–World battle I types. His exact, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a difficult, formidable corporation within the American tradition—rising many times 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 street passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened by means of various ancient images, sleek pictures, curious info, and firsthand bills, this heritage is an entire, interesting, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yank railroading.
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Alco Locomotives by Brian Solomon