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What about building a Motor Car similar to S.R.& R.L. Ry #3, using the KISS principle. Use relative modern power plant from small car/truck (something common for ease of parts), gas, four banger with auto transmission (with In Park Locking pawl), Keeping the power brakes for normal operation. Disk brake rotor outboard wheel and before bearing. This would allow easy replacement of pads and rotors. Emergency/Parking brake could be a band type on drive shaft. Seats could be "standard" slatted park bench type, three or four for passengers and one for operator. Safety chains between seats. Hood, Grill, head lights, dash and wind shield frame from vintage car or truck (search the junk yards). Add turntable, like those on speeders or Electro-Switch tampers. Unload passengers at end of track and turn it around. Only need a few inches of lift, one person can do it. No need to operate in reverse over the entire round trip.James Patten replied:
The car could be used for crew movement and/or revenue service on week days, when regular train not in operation.
One of our volunteers is working on a Model-T ford railcar. He has the body and motor built, all that is needed is the running gear and wheels, and the wheels are being cast now and will need to be machined. It will also have a method of turning, much like you suggest.Stephen Hussar replied:
I expect it will see revenue use during slow days.
Leon has done quite a bit more since this photo was taken last spring...
That is so cool! Leon, how much of that is stock Model T?Dave Buczkowski replied:
Jock;Duncan Mackiewicz replied:
Leon doesn't spend too much time on the computer though he did email me the photos that I then posted with Steve's advice. Leon gathered the parts including the engine from various sources including flea markets and Old Ford gatherings. In other words, the parts are not from one particular vehicle. I believe that, basically form the cowl forward are Ford parts. the frame, seats, flooring, etc. were all either built by Leon or came from non-Ford sources.
Dave, et al;
It's obvious that Leon has done one heckuva job on this motor car. It doesn't matter where the parts came from just the talent of the man assembling them. Three cheers for Leon.