Following up on the success of its streamlined main line passenger diesels in the late 1930s, Electro-Motive Corp. challenged the century-long dominance of steam locomotives in freight service. The vehicle for this attack was a four-unit A-B-B-A demonstrator set of a new model, the FT. When it finished an 11-month, 83,064 mile tour over 20 railroads in 1939-1940, the contest was already over. Only the urgency of World War II traffic demands stood between the great steam fleet and the scrap yard. 250-plus color and black-and-white photographs with a four-color cover printed on heavyweight stock.
Contents:The Revolutionary FT, pp. 6-10;Railroad-by-Railroad Owners of the FT, pp. 23-120;A Rebirth, pp. 121-122;Dynamic Brakes, pp. 123-124;Appendix, pp. 125-126;Bibliography, pg. 127;Index, pg. 128-130.
Withers Publishing, softcover, 130 pages, standard portrait book 8 x 10 in., B&W photographs.