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Alco Locomotives ~ by Brian Solomon  Alco Locomotives

"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. "  

The American Diesel Locomotive ~ by Brian Solomon

The American Locomotive Company: A Centennial Remembrance ~ by Richard T Steinbrenner  The American Locomotive Company: A Centennial Remembrance

"The rise and fall of the American Locomotive Company mirrors that of America's Industrial Age. Formed from eight 19th Century locomotive builders during an age of 'trusts' and giant mergers underwritten by the country's greatest financiers, ALCO expanded further by acquisition of two additional locomotive builders and of other manufacturers in related and unrelated businesses.  ~  More than 1000 B/W photos, illustrations, & diagrams.  ~ The plants of ALCO and its predecessors and subsidiaries, showing plan views and detailed photos and illustrations across 150 years. ~ Detailed descriptions of ALCO's steam, electric and diesel locomotive designs, augmented by photos and original ALCO elevation drawings. ~ Detailed production data, covering the most important elements of annual production and of individual locomotive types."

Baldwin Locomotives ~ by Brian Solomon   Baldwin Locomotives

"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. "

Car & Locomotive Cyclopedia: 1997 ~  by William W. Kratville

"This edition contains more than 1100 pages of state-of-the-art technical resource information, with extensive descriptions, as well as, high quality technical drawings of freight cars, passenger cars and locomotives in use today and those still in the planning stages. The most versatile, powerful and professional railroad research tool available." ~
Simmons-Boardman Pub.  Car & Locomotive Cyclopedia: 1997

Car & Locomotive Cyclopedia: 1997 ~  by William W. Kratville

"This edition contains more than 1100 pages of state-of-the-art technical resource information, with extensive descriptions, as well as, high quality technical drawings of freight cars, passenger cars and locomotives in use today and those still in the planning stages. The most versatile, powerful and professional railroad research tool available." ~
Simmons-Boardman Pub.  Car & Locomotive Cyclopedia: 1997

Cotton Belt Locomotives ~ by Joseph A. Strapac   Cotton Belt Locomotives

"The first and only complete study of the Southwest's most successful railway is back in print! This book documents a proud history with diagrams, maps, and over 300 photographs. Includes a roster of every steam and diesel locomotive owned by the Cotton Belt and its predecessors up to 1977. A must-have for any locomotive enthusiast."  ~ Amazon.com

The Diesel Builders - Vol 1: Fairbanks-Morse and Lima-Hamilton ~ by John F. Kirkland
The Diesel Builders: Fairbanks-Morse and Lima-Hamilton

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A concise work detailing the history of these two companies but concentrating on the locomotives they produced. Generally excellent in technical accuracy. Technical details on each locomotive with lots of photos, mostly black & white. Complete listing of every locomotive produced with date, purchaser and road number.
Diesel Locomotives: The First 50 Years : A Guide to Diesels Built Before 1972  ~ by Louis A. Marre
~ Diesel Locomotives: The First 50 Years : A Guide to Diesels Built Before 1972

EMD Early Road Switchers: GP7 - GP20 Locomotives ~ by Brian Solomon  EMD Early Road Switchers: GP7 - GP20 Locomotives

"General Motors' Electro-Motive Division rapidly moved to become the leader in diesel-electric technology.    .....  Producing roughly 1500 hp, Electro-Motive's famous 16-cylinder 567 diesel electric engine is at the heart of all GP7vGP20s. This book is an authoritative and richly illustrated account of EMD's General Purpose models GP7vGP20. It details these early road switchers' place in history with over 200 photos, most in color. Author Brian Solomon, contributor to numerous railway periodicals and author of over two dozen books on railway subjects, including the best-selling Specialty Press title EMD F-Unit Locomotives, shares his knowledge of the history and specifications of EMD's early road switchers.  ..."

EMD Locomotives ~ by Brian Solomon   EMD Locomotives

"In February 2005, General Motors announced its decision to sell its Electro-Motive Division (EMD), thus ending its 75-year association with one of the most renowned brands in railroading. Looking at the heritage of the venerable EMD in light of this momentous development, this monumental volume offers an overview of the great locomotive maker unprecedented in its scope and unparalleled in the spectacular quality of its photographs. Leading railroad author and photographer Brian Solomon provides an authoritative, comprehensive account of EMD’s history, from its genesis in 1922 as the independent Electro-Motive Corporation, to GM’s acquisition of the company in 1930, and on through the age of today’s ""superpower"" locomotives. From the earliest 1920s railcars to the iconic mid-century F units, workhorse GP and SD locomotives, and Dash series; to the company’s race with its chief competitor, General Electric, to reach 6,000 horsepower, EMD’s complete story unfolds here in depth and detail, illustrated with a wealth of archival photos from across the country, as well as a remarkable collection of color photography from top railway photographers of the last half century"

E Units: Electro-Motive's Classic Streamliners  ~ by Jeff Wilson
E Units: Electro-Motive's Classic Streamliners
"Experience the history and romance of the glamorous passenger trains of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Features vintage action shots of original EAs, E1s, E3s, E5s, E8s, and more. Includes production history and technical illustrations."

Fairbanks-Morse Locomotives in Color ~ by Jim Boyd  Fairbanks-Morse Locomotives in Color

Durango and Silverton: A photographic celebration of America's favorite narrow gauge train ride
" . . .Jim Boyd details the colorful product of the FM Company through more than 250 photographs. This comprehensive look at FM diesel production covers every original buyer as well as the railroads that inherited FMs through mergers. Tour the opposed piston world of UP and PRR, Santa Fe and Southern as well as the multitude of other lines that operated these unique diesels. "

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