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The Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1831-1915: A Study in American Industrial Practice
The largest maker of heavy machinery in Gilded Age America and an important global exporter, the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia achieved renown as one of the nation's most successful and important firms. Relying on gifted designers and skilled craftsmen, Baldwin built thousands of standard and custom steam locomotives, ranging from narrow gauge 0-4-0 industrial e ...more
Published August 21st 2001 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published September 1st 1995)
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In eight weeks, thousands of workers at the Baldwin Works of Philadelphia would take a custom design from drawings to finished product. By 1905, more than seven engines rolled out of the plant every day. How this was done is the subject of this very interesting book. Baldwin was the premier locomotive manufacturer and ranked at the top of American industry for sixty years. Ironically, the major strength of the Baldwin company, the ability to build custom products efficiently to the customer's sp ...more
I wanted to read this book before I even found it–to learn about how these massive, heavy-iron enterprises must have been run in the 19th century, with constant innovations required by the multi-million dollar railway barons who were their clients, yet armed with nothing more than, well, big iron. I googled the subject and found this book. Brown, a historian of technology at Virginia, has spent a good chunk of his life studying Philadephia's Baldwin Locomotive Works, the largest steam locomotive ...more