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Alco Locomotives Hardcover – December 4, 2009
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From 1901 to 1969, Alco locomotives were among the best known in North America. Here is the first comprehensive history of American Locomotive Company’s steam- and diesel-powered offerings—machines that combined a rich railroading heritage with a reputation for pushing the envelope of locomotive technology.
Beginning with the steam era, veteran rail author Brian Solomon covers the design and development of standard Alco stalwarts—including Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets—as well as more powerful and flashy postwar models—most notably New York Central’s Hudsons, Union Pacific’s Challengers and Big Boys, and Milwaukee Road’s Atlantics and Hudsons. Diesel coverage features all pre- and postwar models, including Alco’s pioneering road switchers, its FA/FB freight units, and the classic PA passenger locomotive. A mix of high-quality historical photos, modern color images, and primary research ensure a fitting tribute to this icon of the American rails.
While vying with behemoth EMD for a piece of the domestic diesel business, Alco lost market share and exited the industry in 1969, but not before leaving its mark with some of the most beloved and interesting locomotives in the history of North American rails. Throughout this tribute, readers witness a company continually meeting the demands of an ever-changing industry and economy.
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From 1901 to 1969, Alco locomotives were among the best known in North America, often marked by the innovations of some of the industry’s most talented engineers. In this, the first comprehensive tribute to American Locomotive Company, author Brian Solomon offers a collection of high-quality historical photos and modern color images complemented with primary research examining the gamut of Alco locomotives, from steam stalwarts, including Mikados, Atlantics, Mallets, Big Boys, and Challengers, to diesel offerings such as Alco’s pioneering switchers and iconic PA passenger locomotives. For the railfan, Alco combines a rich railroading heritage with a reputation for pushing the envelope of locomotive technology. Here is the fitting tribute to this icon of the American rails.
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