By Brian Solomon

As soon as the second-largest steam locomotive builder within the united states, American Locomotive corporation (Alco) produced 75,000 locomotives, between them such well-known examples because the 4-6-4 Hudsons and 4-8-4 Niagaras equipped for the hot York important, and the 4-6-6-4 Challengers and 4-8-8-4 monstrous Boys outfitted for the Union Pacific.  Alco Locomotives is the 1st booklet to inform the complete tale of this corporation important to American railroad history—and cherished by way of railfans for its wealthy historical past and its underdog attraction. famous rail historian Brian Solomon appears again on the founding of Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1848 and proceeds to hide that company’s merger with a number of smaller locomotive developers in 1901 to shape Alco. Solomon describes the locomotives that made Alco’s identify worldwide, from the normal designs like Mikados, Atlantics, and Mallets to the extra robust and flashy post–World battle I versions. His designated, richly illustrated narrative re-creates the drama of a difficult, formidable corporation within the American tradition—rising time and again to the calls for of an ever-changing and economic system.   Solomon additionally covers Alco electrics (built in partnership with GE), in addition to the company’s winning and quirky diesel choices, together with the RS-2 and RS-3 street switchers, FA/FB highway freight devices, PA highway passenger diesel, and the wares of Canadian associate Montreal Locomotive Works. Enlivened through a variety of old images, sleek pictures, curious information, and firsthand bills, this heritage is an entire, attention-grabbing, and becoming tribute to a real icon of yank railroading.

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Coming back to the problem "transportation and economy" it is necessary to say that the level of total transportation always 43 indicates the economical activity of any region or country. Always rapid changes in transport volume are caused by increase or decrease of the economy. For example the big decrease in transportation to and from the Soviet Union caused by the crisis of soviet economy was parallel to big problems of many Polish companies which lost their traditional markets in the Soviet Union.

25 c) LENGTH AND DIVISION OF NETWORK Accordingly to the new act on railways, a described system of railway lines having "national" importance will be defined and the state will be responsible for financing of their construction and modernization (participation of state budget means or guaranties for bank loans) . Discussions have been lasted on scale of the "national system" - lately the length of approx. 12 000 km + 5 000 krn of feeder lines was mentioned (current total length of PKP railway lines is approx.

NATO ASI Series, Partnership Sub-Series, 2. Environment - Vol. 5 Transportation Infrastructure Edited by R. M. Gutkowski and J. Kmita © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996 40 In the area of railway transport both infrastructure and transportation planning and managing is governed by Polish State Railways IPKP/. The activity of PKP covers: 100% of public railway transport and 80% of the total track length in Poland. The rest 20% of the total track length are non-public railways Imainly mine onesl and sidings owned by different companies and factories.

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