Friday, January 20, 2012

The Future ALCO museum in Schenectady

Duncan W. Fraser, President of ALCO (left) and S. E. Skinner, President of Oldsmobile inspect a welded patch on an M-4 tank in Nancy, France, December 1944. Courtesy of the National Archives.

A reader of this blog tipped me off to the fact that the future American Locomotive Company museum has found its space at 1910 Maxon Road, Schenectady. They are currently in fund-raising mode. My grandfather was an ALCO worker before joining the Army in 1943. He welded tanks and the secret M-7 mobile howitzer. This is discussed in the first couple chapters of my book.

The museum will focus on the company's locomotive production, but the director tells me that they will also have a M-7 on display. To learn more about ALCO's wartime efforts see my series of posts on Schenectady in WWII.

Schenectady ALCO workers assembling an M-7, 1943.

Proud ALCO workers with a completed M4 Sherman tank.

A Schenectady-built M7 being tested (probably at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland).