Author Topic: New Zealand: Model T Ford railcar offers museum visitors a glimpse into the past  (Read 462 times)

James Patten

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This link was forwarded to us by the president of the Pleasant Point Museum & Railway on the South Island of New Zealand.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/109991693/model-t-ford-railcar-offers-museum-visitors-a-glimpse-into-the-past?cid=app-iPad

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We need to send him a video of our railcar in action...

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Really interesting.  Their Railway is 3'6" gauge.  Wikipedia references - "one other replica of a Model T Ford railcar exists in the United States but it was built to different specifications."  The Pleasant Point Museum and Railway has 1.6 miles of track upon which to run.
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Let's see: there are four in Maine, I think. Plus at least one in Colorado and one in Oregon. I'll bet there are others that I've missed. Maybe it's the only one in the Southern Hemisphere?
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Let's see: there are four in Maine, I think. Plus at least one in Colorado and one in Oregon. I'll bet there are others that I've missed. Maybe it's the only one in the Southern Hemisphere?
Four in Maine? I know of the one at the WW&F, one in the Owl’s Head collection and that’s it for Model T rail cars. The two Sandy River rail busses were based on REO trucks and are currently powered with Model A Ford power plants.

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The SR&RL Vose inspection car at MNG is a Model T, plus there is the new replica of SR&RL railbus No. 3 in Phillips. That makes four.

(SR&RL railbuses Nos. 4 and 5 were REOs, but No. 3 was a Ford.)

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Any photos of the replica SR&RL #3?

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Thanks....I had forgotten about the Vose car.
Was SR&RL 3 a track car or a rail bus?
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SR&RL #3 was originally a railbus. I believe it became maintenance equipment, with the arrival of #4 and #5.

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There used to be a whole page about the railcar No. 3 project on the old SR&RL website, but it appears to be gone now. I think it was a private project and not officially part of their roster.

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There's a replica of an SR&RL Model T railcar on the two-foot gauge Beeches Light Railway in Oxfordshire. It has an original model T engine, but I don't know its origin.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeches_Light_Railway
« Last Edit: January 26, 2019, 02:22:27 PM by John L Dobson »
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