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Our Mission 

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history of the American Locomotive Company and Schenectady Locomotive Works, educating the public through artifacts and historical documents. 

Help us with our mission with a tax deductible gift today

The fourth annual train show "Rails Along the Mohawk" is just around the bend

The first three shows at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam, NY, have grown in popularity each year. Don't miss the next edition and shop for model trains, train sets, parts, and accessories. And there will be operating layouts will be on site to engage the kids (and the adults). 

The date for the 2018 show is April 8, 2018 at the Riverfront Center. More information and exhibitor registration here.

Tickets for adults ($5) will be on sale at the venue. Children 12 and under are free. 

Our partnership to house the Museum exhibits just turned four!

February 15, 2018 marks the fourth anniversary of the ALCO Historical & Technical Society partnership with the Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam, NY to house the ALCO Heritage Exhibits from the former 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 its 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.

Preserving the ALCO Legacy for Future Generations. Support the Society's mission today. Learn more 

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 first ALCO Heritage Museum is closed

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.

 

 

 

Contact Us:

Tips, suggestions, questions? Drop us a note using this online form. 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.

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Enroll and renew online and pay by check, money order, or PayPal (credit/debit card or PayPal account). 

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