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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 Train 21107 Atlantic Engine and Tender
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AMERICAN FLYER 293 NY NH H 4 6 2 PACIFIC ENGINE AND TENDER 1953 VERSION
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American Flyer Train Engine 293 and Tender 4 6 2 1957
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American Flyer Train 312 PACIFIC ENGINE TENDER SET
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American Flyer 350 THE ROYAL BLUE S scale engine and tender
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American Flyer L2001 Game Tran 4 4 0 Steam Engine with Casey Jones on Tender
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American Flyer Electric Train Engine w Coal Car Tender Used and Untested
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AMERICAN FLYER S 314AW PRR ENGINE TENDER 563842
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Vintage AMERICAN FLYER 302AC STEAM ENGINE and tender car Reading Lines
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10 American Flyer 4 wire 6 harnesses Ecomomy Engine Tender wire PA10511 C
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American Flyer 21160 Atlantic 4 4 2 Steam Engine American Flyer Lines on Tender
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Vintage American Flyer 354 Silver Bullet engine tender 2 cars
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AMERICAN FLYER STEAM ENGINES TENDERS LOT OF 3 PARTS OR RESTORATION USED
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American Flyer 322 Engine Tender Vintage new haven 650 and cars
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AMERICAN FLYER TRAIN SET ENGINE 302 + READING TENDER + 3 CARS S ga
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American Flyer 300 Atlantic 4 4 2 Steam Engine American Flyer on Tender
American Flyer 300 Atlantic 4 4 2 Steam Engine American Flyer on Tender
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American Flyer 301 Atlantic 4 4 2 Steam Engine American Flyer Lines on Tender
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American Flyer 312 sib k5 Engine  Tender Good Condition
American Flyer 312 sib k5 Engine Tender Good Condition
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American Flyer S VERY CLEAN 300 AC 4 4 2 Steam Locomotive Engine
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AXLE PA10238 S Gauge STEAM ENGINE TENDERS CARS for American Flyer S Gauge Trains
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1953 AMERICAN FLYER 356 SILVER BULLET ENGINE TENDER S SCALE
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AMERICAN FLYER 302 STEAM ENGINE TENDER Antique train
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AMERICAN FLYER 302 AC LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE READING LINES TENDER POST WAR
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American Flyer Cotter Pins Engine Tender Handrails Obs Car antenna 12
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LIONEL AMERICAN FLYER POLAR EXPRESS ENGINE TENDER BLUETOOTH S GAUGE 6 44039 E
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American Flyer 4 wire Gray Black 6 harness Engine Tender wiring PA10511 C
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TENDER PICK UP KIT 1 for American Flyer Atlantic Pacific Engines S Gauge Trains
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American Flyer 4 wire 6 harness GrayBlk Engine Tender wiring Part PA10511 C
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Smoke In Tender hose for American Flyer Steam Engine Pre Post War HO
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