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by Brian Solomon

Once the second-largest steam locomotive builder in the U.S., American Locomotive Company (Alco) produced 75,000 locomotives, among them such famous examples as the 4-6-4 Hudsons and 4-8-4 Niagaras built for the New York Central, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 Big Boys built for the Union Pacific.  Alco Locomotives is the first book to tell the full story of this company central to American railroad history—and beloved by railfans for its rich heritage and its underdog appeal. Noted rail historian Brian Solomon looks back at the founding of Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1848 and proceeds to cover that company’s merger with several smaller locomotive builders in 1901 to form Alco. Solomon describes the locomotives that made Alco’s name around the world, from the standard designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the more powerful and flashy post–World War I models. His detailed, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a tough, ambitious company in the American tradition—rising again and again to the demands of an ever-changing industry and economy.


Solomon also covers Alco electrics (built in partnership with GE), as well as the company’s successful and quirky diesel offerings, including the RS-2 and RS-3 road switchers, FA/FB road freight units, PA road passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian affiliate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened by numerous historical photographs, modern images, curious details, and firsthand accounts, this history is a complete, fascinating, and fitting tribute to a true icon of American railroading.

Download Alco Locomotives epub
ISBN: 0760333386
ISBN13: 978-0760333389
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Transportation
Author: Brian Solomon
Language: English
Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (December 4, 2009)
Pages: 176 pages
ePUB size: 1215 kb
FB2 size: 1347 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 949
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Nice over-view of Alco steam and Diesel locomotives. As a steam fan I would have preferred more on steam and less on Diesel, but no doubt part of the content was driven by available color photos, which clearly favor newer, that is Diesel, locomotives. Nicely done book with excellent photos and some discussion of the currently operating Alco Diesels.
This is a good book for anyone who follows the ALCO manufacturing company. Tells of it being a true underdog but fighting for it's market share. After some trouble getting started they had almost pulled it off. Very good story. Brian put some work putting the story together. Pictures were very clear.
While not the definitive tome on Alco, this book is a must for anyone interested in their history, and the pictures are super. If you are interested in Alco locomotives, steam and diesel, you should get this book!
I was hoping for more photos and larger ones. Too much gab for my tastes and the Big Boy seemed an afterthought and didn't receive enough attention. Perhaps reading it on my iPad wasn't putting it in it's best light. The photos appear really small on the iPad screen. They need to be full page.
Great book on Alco. As one of the many who liked Alco with it's underdog status this book is a great one to have. If Alco would have been given the same leeway during WWII, I wonder if they would still be going.
Very informative and great pictures. Tells how Alco went from a major supplier of quality steam locomotives, to struggling in the diesel market.
the company which smartly combines a number of early, small locomotive builders into one of the countries largest locomotive builders.
Great review of a great train building company. Plenty of details and pictures