May 24 2010

Alco Trucks and the First Transcontinental Delivery


In addition to automobiles, the American Locomotive Company manufactured over 1,000 Alco trucks from 1909 to 1913. A cab-over-the engine design was universal on the Alco trucks, ranging from 2 to 6 tons. Maximum speed ranged from 8 mph for the heaviest Alco to 17 mph for the 2-ton Alco. Customers included Singer Sewing Machine Company, Gimbels, and Henry Kroger.



 

2-Ton Alco



 

3.5-Ton Alco



 

5-Ton Alco



 

6.5-Ton Alco



 

Alco made history in 1912 when a group of five men from the Charles W. Young Soap Company drove their 3.5-ton Alco 4,145 miles to record the first-ever transcontinental delivery by a truck. The group set out on June 20th from New York hauling a 3-ton payload of soap consigned to the Carlson Currier Company in Petaluna, California. Despite the absence of roads throughout their journey, the crew and truck made the trick in 91 days.



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