Rediscovering the impact of ALCO
As we prepare the new location for the museum a similar attention will be paid to positioning of the large artifacts as it was in the first museum. The layout is carefully designed to encourage self-guided discoveries. We have attempted to create vistas that do not give away the entire “show” but tease visitors through the space. Comfortable space for photography is also a consideration.
- Civil War: The American Civil War was the first conflict in history where railroads played a key role.
- Erecting Shop: One of the most dramatic exhibits will be the erecting shop. An ex Boston & Maine R.R. ALCO RS-3 locomotive.
- FA-1 Cab Simulator: Our plan is to use the cab as a simulator so visitors can experience what it is like to operate a large diesel locomotive.
- We plan to re-materialize most of the missing section using original exterior elevations printed on vinyl and stretched along each side of a series of bent poles conforming to the lateral contours of the FA-1.
- ALCO & Defense: From the Civil War to the firm’s demise, ALCO played a key role in supporting our Nation’s defense. During the Second World War, ALCO was truly a part of the “Arsenal of Democracy” supplying not only locomotives to our allies, but heavy armored vehicles and marine power plants as well.
- Oral History: Currently the Museum is working on obtaining a grant to complete this exhibit. The exhibit will incorporate the oral histories of former ALCO employees and families.
- ALCO & Popular Culture: Positioned along the wall behind the FA-2 cab will be a series of cases and large graphics exploring ALCO products and popular culture.ositioned along the wall behind the FA-1 cab will be a series of cases and large graphics exploring ALCO products and popular culture.
- Drafting Room: A replica of a corner of the ALCO Drafting office will be created using late 1930’s period drafting tables and equipment and copies of original ALCO drawings.
- The Science of Propulsion: Adjacent to the Erecting Shop are a number of exhibits explaining how steam, internal combustion and electricity were/are harnessed for motive force.
- Restoration Shop: A long mesh rail system will serve as a barrier and hold rails describing the tools and techniques used in rebuilding 50+ year-old locomotives.