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history of the American Locomotive Company and Schenectady Locomotive Works, educating the public through artifacts and historical documents.
The ALCO Historical & Technical Society is excited to announce the grand opening (or re-opening if you wish) of the ALCO Heritage Exhibit at the Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam, NY on February 15 at 10:00 am. It will then be available for view during normal museum hours throughout the year. This is the result of over a year's worth of hard work to recover from the closing of the ALCO Heritage Museum in Schenectady and the financial strain that followed. 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 was 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 original building that housed the museum is not insulated for use over the winter so in the interest of patron comfort plans are underway to open in another building. The Society is committed to opening a significant attraction in the Capital Region for rail fans and students, with a sound financial base to fund new exhibits and events.
We are excited to announce a new home for the ALCO Heritage Museum exhibits, the Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam, NY.
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. Stay tuned for updates.
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.
Contact the Society by mail at PO Box 1029, Schenectady, NY, 12301.