Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company ALCO Hard Cover
Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company ALCO Hard Cover
Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company ALCO Hard Cover
Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company ALCO Hard Cover
Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company ALCO Hard Cover
Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company ALCO Hard Cover

Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company ALCO Hard Cover

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Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company ALCO Hard Cover
 
Illustrated Treasury Of The American Locomotive Company By O M Kerr Hard Cover Copyright 1980 224 Pages Condensed history of Alco, Engineering drawings.
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The American Locomotive Company, commonly known as Alco, together with its predecessor locomotive companies, has experienced a long and glorious locomotive building history, producing in excess of 90,000 locomotives in steam, diesel-electric, and electric, easily qualifying for the title of the greatest locomotive builder. A predecessor company, Rogers of Paterson, New Jersey, in 1837 had the honor of building Sandusky, America's first steam locomotive, while another predecessor, Schenectady of Schenectady, New York, in 1847 built Lightning, its first locomotive, which quickly established a world speed record of 60 mph. Most predecessor locomotive companies of Alco came under its control early in this century. Soon all of its domestic locomotive production was concentrated in the huge Schenectady complex while it was also operating Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW), a subsidiary in Montreal. Quebec. When locomotive building ceased at Schenectady in 1969, Alco continued production of their famous 251 Series diesel engines at their Auburn, New York, plant. Manufacturing rights to the Century Series locomotive were sold to the Montreal operation, today owned by Bombardier. Inc., who manufacture the M-Line locomotives for Canadian domestic use, and the MX-Line for their international market, with licensing rights to build the 251 Series diesel engines in their Montreal plant for their own locomotives. Illustrations of Montreal-built diesel-electric locomotives both current and past are included on pages 195-219. Alco locomotives have had the distinction of hauling many of the world's most famous passenger trains and high-speed freight trains across the globe.
This book contains a condensed history of Alco followed by a chronology of notable Alco achievements and a treasury of quality builder's photographs representative of locomotive production over the years with accompanying captions. Experts agree that builder's photographs are the ultimate, as they invariably were photographed professionally and accurately reflect the locomotive as it appeared brand new. All locomotives illustrated in this book are of Standard Gauge (4'-81/2" or 1435 mm between the rails), except where otherwise noted in the captions. The book has been divided into three main groups: Steam locomotives have been subdivided by wheel arrangement for comparison, from the smallest tank engine to the greatest articulateds. Within each wheel arrangement locomotives are listed alphabetically by railway, road number, wheel arrangement, date built, driving wheel diameter in inches, and weight in tons of the locomotive and tender, respectively. Electric locomotives have the same caption data, with the addition of horsepower rating. A special section of diesel-electric locomotives follows the section on electric locomotives and also includes the builder model.

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