The American Locomotive Company (often shortened to ALCO, ALCo or Alco) was an American manufacturer of locomotives, diesel generators, steel, and tanks that operated from 1901 to 1969.
The company was formed by the merger of seven smaller locomotive manufacturers and Schenectady Locomotive Engine Manufactory of Schenectady, New York. A subsidiary, American Locomotive Automobile Company, designed and manufactured automobiles under the Alco brand from 1905 to 1913. ALCO also produced nuclear reactors from 1954 to 1962.
The company changed its name to Alco Products, Incorporated in 1955. In 1964, the Worthington Corporation acquired the company. The company went out of business in 1969.
The name is currently being used by Fairbanks Morse Engine for their FMALCO line.
- 1 Foundation and early history
- 2 Steam locomotives
- 3 Alco automobiles
- 4 Electric locomotives
- 5 Diesel-electric locomotives
- 6 Diversification
- 7 Purchase and division
- 8 Epilogue
- 9 Popular culture
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 Further reading
- 14 External links
Foundation and early historyThe Alco Schenectady plant in 1906 An Alco builder's plate as seen on Lake Superior and Ishpeming 2-8-0 No. 24 at the National Railroad Museum
The company was created in 1901 from the merger of seven smaller locomotive manufacturers with Schenectady Locomotive Engine Manufactory of Schenectady, New York: