Synopses & Reviews
From the 1830s to 1956, Philadelphia-based Baldwin gave the world many of the most significant locomotives ever produced. For the first time, the details of these landmark machines are illustrated with a selection of superb builder’s photos and publicity images taken with large-format cameras and housed in the Broadbelt Collection at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
Prolific rail historian Brian Solomon follows the design and development of Baldwin locomotives from the earliest steam models through the company’s final passenger and freight diesel-electrics. From mass-produced behemoths to ideas that didn’t quite catch on, Solomon leaves no stone unturned, providing model specifications, explaining the achievements of key company figures like Matthias Baldwin and Samuel Vauclain, and always presenting Baldwin locomotives in the context of contemporary industry developments.
Complementing the thorough text are outstanding period photographs of newly built locomotives posed near company facilities. The book’s large page size showcases the detail and crisp quality of these carefully selected images. The resulting history is a beautiful and lasting document of a true icon of American rails.
This book contains enough details to please the most technical-minded train enthusiasts and model railroader, but also provide a larger perspective in the role Baldwin played in the nation’s history and the evolution of railroads. -- Model Retailer
Philadelphia-based Baldwin began designing and building steam locomotives in the 1830s and gave the U.S. many of its most significant and famous types of steam, and diesel-electric motive power. This history of Baldwin is illustrated with a large selection of rare, superb builder's photos and other publicity images from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, with the book's large page size showcasing the detail and crisp quality of the images in this outstanding collection. Author Brian Solomon provides technical histories of each locomotive along with builder's specifications and explanations of how the locomotives were used by the railroads that bought them. These carefully researched histories are keys to understanding the significance of the locomotives and how they worked, and are presented in a manner that makes the book accessible to everyone, while retaining sufficient technical detail to appeal to the most ardent railroad enthusiast.
From the 1830s to 1956, Philadelphia-based Baldwin gave the world many of the most significant locomotives ever produced. The Baldwin Locomotive Works also routinely posed new locomotives to be photographed with large-format cameras. The results were astounding images showcasing the locomotives’ smallest details. It is these remarkable photographs, housed in the Broadbelt Collection at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, that illustrate author Brian Solomon’s thorough model histories and specifications, beginning with the earliest steam models and continuing through the company’s final passenger and freight diesel-electrics. The result is a beautiful and lasting document of a true icon of American rails.
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.