This sweeping view of the work and products of American Car & Foundry celebrates the companys Centennial in 1999. Author Kaminski covers corporate history and product development, but emphasizes the immense variety and extent of railcar production over the past century. More than 1200 photographs, most from the files of the builder and few ever published, make this a superb tour of car designs, railroad and private owners, and production of freight, passenger, and other car types.
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Students of railroad history, particularly those interested in freight cars, will want to purchase this book. Packed with photos and descriptions, this painstakingly compiled work traces the long, distinguished history of the company now known as ACF Industries. Kaminski weaves a fascinating tale of U.S. railcar development as practiced by one of the industry's premier builders. The book is a fitting tribute to ACF as the company marks its centennial. -- Railway Age, May 1999
This is a remarkable book which is sure to be of interest to both modelers and railfans. It could be described as a "super" Car Builders Cyclopedia, devoted to the work of one car builder. Unlike Cyclopedias, it provides a photographic history of freight cars for the entire twentieth century in a single volume. -- H. Roger Grant, in The Lexington Quarterly, March, 2000
Unquestionably, this is a handsome publication... anyone interested in American railroad car builders will want to acquire this centennial study. -- Larry Kline, Railroad Model Craftsman magazine, December 1999
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