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which US railroad company made the highest quality steam engines back in the 1930-50's?

Two different things.

Locomotive manufacturers included Lima, Baldwin, Alco and others, all of highest quality and cutting edge technology for the day, such as incorporation of roller bearings.

Some railroads did make their own locos, too. Not too familiar with other carriers, but the SP had major shops in Sacramento, LA, Houston and San Antonio in Texas and Pine Bluff Arkansas. The Sacto shops were turning out locos of SP design very early on. "El Gobernador" with a 4-10-0 wheel arrangement was the largest loco in the world when it was out-shopped in 1882, and the very prolific Stevens valve gear was designed by A J Stevens, SP Master Mechanic at Sacto.

Addendum:

And I agree with the gentleman below. Baldwin was the king of the heap.

Wanna have some fun? Ask someone which was the most powerful loco produced by an American manufacturer?

You'll hear, Big Boy, Alco Big Boy, UP big Boy, Big Boy, Big Boy Big Boy...

Get them to bet on it. The higher the better. Because they are wrong, wrong, wrong.

Then tell them about the Baldwin built M3 Yellowstones of the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range

The Big Boy Cylinders (4) 23.75" x 32"
The M3 Cylinders (4) 26" x 32"

Big Boy Driving Wheelbase 36'6"
The M3 Driving Wheelbase 45'7"

Big Boy Engine & Tender Wheelbase 117' 7"
M3 Engine & Tender Wheelbase 113' 6"

Big Boy Boiler Diameter 95"
M3 Boiler Diameter 104"

The Big Boy Weight on Drivers 540,000 lb.
The DM&IR M3 Weight on Drivers 560,257 lb.

and for that reason

The Big Boy developed tractive effort of 133,375 lb.
The Baldwin Built M3 Yellowstones of the DM&IR got ya 140,000 lb.

The UP Big Boys were a couple feet longer, and a little heavier in overall weight (64,000 lbs), but that is where their claim to fame ends.

The Big Boy did have one thing in advantage over the M3s. They were released with great fanfare and a well organized PR campaign.

Now.

Wanna bet?

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Vintage American Flyer Gilbert 290 Locomotive Steam Engine Tender
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American Flyer Steam Engine 21160 and Tender for S Gauge
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AMERICAN FLYER OLD SET 302 ENGINE WHISTLING TENDER RARE CARS 636 478 640 HERE
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american flyer Engine Tender No Motor
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America Flyer Gilbert S Gauge XA15N105Y Pacific Tender Box Only For 21099 Engine
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AF ATLANTIC 4 4 2 ENGINE 307 TENDER S SCALE 1956 CLEANED TESTED RUNS
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American Flyer 287 4 6 2 Reading Lines Engine and Tender Circa 1950s
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American Flyer Postwar Steam Engine and Tender redecorated parts item
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American Flyer Lines 299 Reading 4 4 2 Atlantic Steam Engine Tender 1954 Only
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American Flyer 336 UP 4 8 4 Northern Steam Engine Tender w Large 3 4 Motor
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Vintage American Flyer PRR Train 312 SI T Pacific Engine Locomotive
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AMERICAN FLYER 21160 S GAUGE ENGINE AND TENDER 4 4 2 FOR PARTS NR
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Brass Train parts repair engine + tender Unknown scale Berkshire S scale
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3 SUPERFLEX C4X24 24 GAUGE CC 4 WIRE CABLE ENGINE TO TENDER AMERICAN FLYER
3 SUPERFLEX C4X24 24 GAUGE CC 4 WIRE CABLE ENGINE TO TENDER AMERICAN FLYER
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American Flyer 322 Engine Tender Vintage new haven 650 and cars
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Vintage American Flyer 806 Engine Tender Union Pacific engine 13 long
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GILBERT AMERICAN FLYER READING LINES 302 STEAM ENGINE BODY TENDER SHELLS
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AMERICAN FLYER 282 ENGINE AND TENDER TOTALLY REWIRED RUNS VERY GOOD
AMERICAN FLYER 282 ENGINE AND TENDER TOTALLY REWIRED RUNS VERY GOOD
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American Flyer S scale 21165 engine and tender for parts 24124 24310 24328
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LIONEL NO 247 ENGINE AND TENDER O27 GAUGE
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American Flyer 4 wire 6 harness economy Engine Tender wiring Part PA10511 C
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AMERICAN FLYER ENGINE TEST HARNESS Troubleshoot Run an engine without a tender
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American Flyer Engine 282 and Tender
American Flyer Engine 282 and Tender
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American Models S Scale PRR Streamline Engine  Tender NIB
American Models S Scale PRR Streamline Engine Tender NIB
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Lot of 2 S Scale American Flyer Lines Steam Train Engine and Coal Tender 307
Lot of 2 S Scale American Flyer Lines Steam Train Engine and Coal Tender 307
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S SCALE ENGINES TENDERS LOT FOR PARTS OR REPAIR ONLY
S SCALE ENGINES TENDERS LOT FOR PARTS OR REPAIR ONLY
$5.00
VINTAGE AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE 332AC UNION PACIFIC 4 8 4 STEAM ENGINE TENDER
VINTAGE AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE 332AC UNION PACIFIC 4 8 4 STEAM ENGINE TENDER
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1946 American Flyer 322 Engine  Tender
1946 American Flyer 322 Engine Tender
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American Flyer 301 Reading 4 4 2 Atlantic Steam Engine Plastic Boiler
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American Flyer Train 312 Engine tender 4 cars  caboose track switches
American Flyer Train 312 Engine tender 4 cars caboose track switches
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American Flyer 310 S gauge 4 6 2 K 5 steam engine with Pennsylvania tender
American Flyer 310 S gauge 4 6 2 K 5 steam engine with Pennsylvania tender
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VINTAGE AMERICAN FLYER LINES NYC HUDSONENGINE 322 4 6 4 w Tender Caboose RUNS
VINTAGE AMERICAN FLYER LINES NYC HUDSONENGINE 322 4 6 4 w Tender Caboose RUNS
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American Flyer 310 Pennsylvania 4 6 2 Pacific Steam Engine  Tender 1946 Only
American Flyer 310 Pennsylvania 4 6 2 Pacific Steam Engine Tender 1946 Only
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AMERICAN FLYER STEAM ENGINE TEST CLIPSRUN ENGINE W O TENDER  REVERSE UNIT
AMERICAN FLYER STEAM ENGINE TEST CLIPSRUN ENGINE W O TENDER REVERSE UNIT
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TENDER BELLOWS REPAIR TOOL for AMERICAN FLYER SMOKE IN TENDER STEAM ENGINE Train
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3 SUPERFLEX C4X24 24 GAUGE CC 4 WIRE CABLE ENGINE TO TENDER AMERICAN FLYER
3 SUPERFLEX C4X24 24 GAUGE CC 4 WIRE CABLE ENGINE TO TENDER AMERICAN FLYER
$9.50
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American Flyer Lines 342 Nickel Plate Road 0 8 0 Switcher Steam Engine
American Flyer Lines 342 Nickel Plate Road 0 8 0 Switcher Steam Engine
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S GAUGE TIN LITHO UNION PACIFIC RR TENDER FOR STEAM ENGINE MADE IN JAPAN
S GAUGE TIN LITHO UNION PACIFIC RR TENDER FOR STEAM ENGINE MADE IN JAPAN
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Vintage AMERICAN FLYER 302AC STEAM ENGINE and tender car Reading Lines
Vintage AMERICAN FLYER 302AC STEAM ENGINE and tender car Reading Lines
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