CD-Rom republication for the
Brooks Locomotive Works catalog.
Almost 350 pages loaded with illustrations, specifications,
company history and more. Please check our Ebay store, for other
Within a couple of years of its opening, Brooks was producing
as many as seven new locomotives per month, compared to one per
month while the facility was controlled by the NY&E. Brooks
built locomotives for nearly all of the major railroads of the
time, producing 37 new locomotives in its first year and 43 new
locomotives in its second year of operations.
After the financial crisis of 1873, orders for new equipment
dropped off, but Brooks was able to recover enough business to
avoid bankruptcy. Brooks locomotives were displayed a few years
later at the National Railway Appliance Exhibition in Chicago,
where they were judged the Best in Show.
The 1890s brought another period of depressed sales following
another financial crisis. The company produced 226 new locomotives
in 1891, but only 90 new locomotives in 1894. Brooks was not able
to recover business as easily and the company was merged with
several other manufacturers in 1901 to form the American Locomotive
Company. ALCO produced locomotives at this facility until 1934 when
the shop was renamed ALCO Thermal Products Division. Locomotives
produced at the former Brooks plant after ALCO's formation came to
be known as ALCO-Brooks
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