Synopses & Reviews
Spanning more than one and a half centuries, this treasure trove examines the steam, diesel, and electric locomotives that have have kept North American commerce on the rails since the middle of the nineteenth centuty. Prolific rail author Brian Solomon takes an encyclopedic approach and describes every major type. And because locomotive-building has long been a made-to-order business, the book is arranged alphabetically by railroads from across the United States and Canada to show the variant technologies that railroads ordered to best suit their specific needs, whether for freight or passenger operations. The 75-plus railroads covered range from the best known historical lines such as Canadian Pacific, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Baltimore and Ohio, to today’s giant Class I roads, commuter lines, and selected short lines. The result is a profusely illustrated and beautifully presented reference guide that features more than 400 locomotive gems from throughout the ages, including historic machines such as New York Central’s J3a Hudsons, Pennsylvania Railroad’s GG1 electrics, and EMD’s classic E- and F-Units, to today’s most powerful modern diesels. All the major builders—past and present—are represented, including such heavyweights as Baldwin, Alco, Lima, EMD, GE, and more.
This giant, profusely illustrated guide is arranged alphabetically by railroads to showcase 400-plus locomotive types that have kept North American freight and passengers on the rails since the mid-nineteenth century.
Spanning more than 150 years of railway locomotive technology, this invaluable volume examines the wide variety of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives that have powered North American railroads through the decades. Because locomotive-building has long been a made-to-order business, the book is arranged alphabetically by railroads to give readers a better understanding of how specific technologies suited specific needs, whether for freight, passenger, or switching operations. The railroads covered range from legendary fallen flags to today’s major roads, commuter lines, and selected short lines. The resulting reference is profusely illustrated with rare historic and previously unpublished modern photography and features dozens of motive-power gems from the likes of Alco, Baldwin, Electro-Motive, GE, and more. Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books about locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.
Profusely illustrated with rare historic and previously unpublished modern photography, this is the perfect book for every railfan.
Now available in a value-priced paperback edition, this invaluable volume spans more than 150 years of locomotive technology to examine the wide variety of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives that have powered ninety North American railroads, past and present, through the decades. Because locomotive-building has long been a made-to-order business, the book is arranged alphabetically by railroad to give readers a better understanding of how specific technologies suited specific needs.
The railroads range from the best-known historic lines, such as the Canadian Pacific, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Baltimore and Ohio, to today's giant Class I roads, commuter lines, and selected short lines. The result is a beautifully presented reference guide that features more than 400 locomotive gems, including historic machines such as New York Central's J3a Hudsons, Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1 electrics, and EMD's classic E- and F-Units, to today's most powerful modern diesels. All the major builders - past and present - are represented, including such heavyweights as Baldwin, Alco, Lima, EMD, GE, and more.
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Amtrak2. Arkansas & Missouri Railroad3. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway4. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad5. Bangor & Aroostook Railroad6. Belt Railway of Chicago7. Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad8. BNSF Railway9. Boston & Albany Railroad10. Boston & Maine Railroad11. Burlington Northern Railroad12. Caltrain13. Canadian National Railway14. Canadian Pacific Railway15. Central Railroad of New Jersey16. Central Vermont Railway17. Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad18. Chessie System19. Chicago & North Western Railway20. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad21. Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad22. Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad23. Conrail24. CSX25. Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad26. Delaware & Hudson Railway27. Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad28. Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad29. Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway30. Erie Lackawanna Railway31. Erie Railroad32. Genesee & Wyoming Railroad33. GO Transit34. Great Northern Railway35. Guilford Rail System/Pan Am Railways36. Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad37. Huron & Eastern Railway38. Illinois Central Railroad39. Indiana Hi-Rail40. Indiana Rail Road41. Kansas City Southern Railway42. Lehigh & Hudson River Railway43. Lehigh Valley Railroad44. Long Island Rail Road45. Louisville & Nashville Railroad46. Maine Central Railroad47. Maine Eastern Railroad48. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority49. Massachusetts Central Railroad50. Metra51. Metrolink52. Metro-North Commuter Railroad53. Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad54. Missouri Pacific Railroad55. Montana Rail Link56. Napa Valley Wine Train57. New England Central Railroad58. New Jersey Transit59. New York Central System60. New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad61. New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad62. New York, Ontario & Western Railway63. New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway64. Norfolk & Western Railway65. Norfolk Southern Railway66. Northern Pacific Railway67. Penn Central Railroad68. Pennsylvania Railroad69. Pioneer Valley Railroad70. Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway71. Providence & Worcester Railroad72. Reading Company73. Reading & Northern Railroad74. Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad75. Rutland Railroad76. St. Louis–San Francisco Railway77. Seaboard Coast Line78. Sound Transit79. Southern Pacific Railroad80. Southern Railway81. Union Pacific Railroad82. Vermont Rail System83. VIA Rail84. Virginian Railway85. Wabash Railroad86. Western Maryland Railway87. Western Pacific Railroad88. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway89. Wisconsin & Southern Railroad90. Wisconsin Central RailroaSourcesIndexAcknowledgments