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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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American Flyer S Gauge 21165 21160 Engine Locomotives Both with Tenders
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Collectible 21165 American Flyer Train Engine W Tender Car
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VINTAGE 1950s AMERICAN FLYER 316 STEAM ENGINE TENDER
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American Flyer 4 wire 6 harness economy Engine Tender wiring Part PA10511 C
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AMERICAN FLYER 356 SILVER BULLET ENGINE AND TENDER
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Vintage GILBERT Company AMERICAN FLYER 307 Steam Engine Reading Tender Car
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AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE 300 4 4 2 STEAM ENGINE W READING LINES TENDER
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American Flyer 21105 Atlantic Steam Engine Tender Reading Lines 4 4 0 1957 58
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5 American Flyer 4 wire 6 harnesses Ecomomy Engine Tender wire PA10511 C
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AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE 300ac 4 4 2 STEAM ENGINE W READING LINES TENDER
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AMERICAN FLYER 283 STEAM ENGINE AND NORTH WESTERN TENDER
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AMERICAN FLYER 322AC STEAM ENGINE AND NEW YORK CENTRAL TENDER
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AMERICAN FLYER LINES 21165 ERIE LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE w TENDER COAL CAR T6
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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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AMERICAN FLYER 1952 315 4 6 2 PRR ENGINE and TENDER NO RESERVE
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Vintage American Flyer 302 Engine Complete With TenderTransformCars
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10 American Flyer 4 wire 6 harnesses Ecomomy Engine Tender wire PA10511 C
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American Flyer 350 THE ROYAL BLUE ENGINE AND TENDER SET
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American Flyer Parts 336 Engine  Tender Transfer Set Silver
American Flyer Parts 336 Engine Tender Transfer Set Silver
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American Flyer S 322 Hudson Engine Tender New York Central Train Locomotive
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1950s AMERICAN FLYER 302 STEAM TRAIN ENGINE AND TENDER BEAUTIUFUL CONDITION
1950s AMERICAN FLYER 302 STEAM TRAIN ENGINE AND TENDER BEAUTIUFUL CONDITION
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1950s AMERICAN FLYER 313 STEAM TRAIN ENGINE AND TENDER BEAUTIUFUL CONDITION
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Lot RARE Vintage American Flyer SILVER BULLET Engine Tender Track Transformer
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3 Vintage American Flyer Engines w Tenders 21168 21166 283
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American Flyer Locomotive Switch Engine Tender 343
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Smoke Tube for Smoke and Tender Engines American Flyer S Gauge Repro
Smoke Tube for Smoke and Tender Engines American Flyer S Gauge Repro
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AMERICAN FLYER 302 AC LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE READING LINES TENDER POST WAR
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MTH O Scale Milwaukee Road 4 6 4 Streamlined Steam Engine Tender w ProtoSound
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AMERICAN FLYER TRAIN ENGINE LOCOMOTIVE  TENDER 302
AMERICAN FLYER TRAIN ENGINE LOCOMOTIVE TENDER 302
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AMERICAN FLYER 300 DIECAST METAL LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE w TENDER COAL CAR T13
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Vintage Original Gilbert American Flyer Train 293 Locomotive Engine
Vintage Original Gilbert American Flyer Train 293 Locomotive Engine
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American Flyer Cotter Pins for Engine Tender Handrails Observation Car antenna
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American Flyer Parts Transfer Set for 282 Engine Tender White
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