To open a museum to promote the rich history of the American Locomotive Company and Schenectady Locomotive Works, educating the public through artifacts and historical documents.
Join us at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam, NY, for the first AHTS sponsored train show, Sunday, April 12, 2015. The deadline for vendors and exhibitors is approaching (Feb. 27). You can apply online or printout a paper application here. Tickets for adults ($5) will be on sale at the venue. Children 12 and under are free.
We've started a campaign on IndieGoGo to raise money to restore a unique piece of ALCO history in our collection, the 40 & 8 Parade Vehicle built by ALCO in 1941.
February 15, 2015 marks the first anniversary of the ALCO Historical & Technical Society of our partnership with the Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam, NY to house the ALCO Heritage Exhibits from the museum. It is available to view during normal museum hours throughout the year. Many of the exhibits are the same with a few changes and some new additions, including a new exhibit on the correlation between the Erie Canal and early area railroads, plus it's effect on ALCO's predecessor, the Schenectady Locomotive Works. This new exhibit is made possible through the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund. Come out and see us in our new home.
The ALCO Historical and Technical Society was created to preserve and share the history of the American Locomotive Company (ALCO), a prolific builder of steam and diesel locomotives that was based in Schenectady, NY. Their role in WWII as a manufacturer of tanks and other war materiel, and in the early days of cars, are two additional areas the Society is focused on.
We invite you to join the Society today, and to visit the new interim home for the museum exhibits at the Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam, NY. Additionally, your tax deductible donation using the PayPal link on this page will help us with our ambitious plans.
Visit the site often to learn about volunteering opportunities, events, our participation at train shows and other other civic events in the area, or to learn more about excursions. Drop us a note through the contact form to suggest new activities or to join our mailing list. We look forward to meeting you in person.
The grand opening for the first museum June 10, 2012 was a resounding success. More than 3,000 people attended and saw the fruits of two years of hard work by our dedicated volunteers. Limitations of the building surfaced over the first winter requiring it to be closed and now the search is on for a new location. In the interim many of the exhibits are now housed at the Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam, NY.
We are also continuing to gather resources and information to make this site, and the museum, world class destinations. If you have interesting ALCO artifacts, from a photograph to a locomotive, we are ready to give them a good home. Contact us. And if you're a former ALCO employee, or have family stories related to ALCO, check out the Oral History Project. We'd like to capture your memories for posterity.
Tips, suggestions, questions? Drop us a note using this online form or call (518) 557-2673. Accept our apologies if our reply is delayed. We will respond as soon as possible.
Contact the Society by mail at PO Box 1029, Schenectady, NY, 12301.