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 outfitted for the recent York important, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 vast Boys outfitted for the Union Pacific. Alco Locomotives is the 1st e-book to inform the total tale of this corporation vital to American railroad history—and cherished by means of railfans for its wealthy history and its underdog attraction. 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 world wide, from the normal designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra robust and flashy post–World warfare I versions. His exact, 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 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 street freight devices, PA street passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened through various historic pictures, sleek pictures, curious information, and firsthand debts, this heritage is a whole, attention-grabbing, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yank railroading.
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