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Once the second-largest steam locomotive builder in the
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.
The first comprehensive history of a true icon of American railroading, covering the famous steam locomotives and the electrics, fully illustrated.
Here is the first comprehensive history of the American Locomotive Company. Author Brian Solomon follows the story from the founding of Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1848 to that company’s merger with several smaller locomotive builders in 1901, to Alco’s ultimate demise in the competition for domestic diesel business. Solomon covers Alco’s famed steam locomotives—Hudsons, Niagaras, Challengers, and Big Boys—as well as the electrics built in partnership with GE, and diesel offerings both successful and quirky. Replete with historical photographs and modern images, the book is a fascinating and fitting tribute to a true icon of American railroading.
About the Author
Brian Solomon is one of today’s most accomplished railway historians. He has authored more than 30 books about railroads and motive power, and his writing and photography have been featured in Trains, Railway Age, Passenger Train Journal, and RailNews. Solomon divides his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.
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