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Some other reasons are covered in my response to the other question you posed.
Tadman wrote:Fellas I hate to rain on a parade here, but I believe Alco was like Penn Central - there isn't one specific fault, or even a specific handful of faults, that caused the downfall. Instead, it was a perfect storm of factors hitting the builder from all directions that caused the downfall of Alco. It's funny that S-W shut down schenectady and tried to run the business from canada, because they knew that was a bad idea from when they shut down Studebaker here in Indiana and but kept open their Ontario line - it failed just like MLW did, and for similar reasons. In many ways, I view Alco/MLW as the studebaker of the locomotive industry.MLW was doing ok until Bombardier took them over, According to a former MLW employee that I spoke with in Montreal. The problem was that BBD wanted to change everything at once including employees which resulted in people who knew the business getting the boot. That plus the fact that BBD did not listen closely to its customers and their needs, had a couple of strikes, and once again introducing a product that was not tested enough(LRC). I also understand that they blamed product failures on the customer in spite of the fact that the problem was indeed the product itself(16-251F engine) which resulted in unhappy customers. Shades of Alco all over again. Last but not least, the export bank stopped loaning them money which resulted in lost export sales.
pennsy wrote:Hi Alcoman,Its the other way around...Alco took over MLW, a wholly owned subsiderary.
Well now, I remember that Alco was taken over by MLW, and the engines now had an M in front of their designations. However, I did not know that MLW was taken over by Bombardier. That somewhat explains a few things. It also poses a few questions. What happened to the Bombardier ex-MLW engines ? Also, are the people that are with Bombardier now the same group that was with MLW and before that Alco ? Are you telling me that the Metrolink Bombardier bilevel railcars are actually Alco in disguise ?