Author Topic: New Zealand: Model T Ford railcar offers museum visitors a glimpse into the past  (Read 4782 times)

James Patten

  • Global Moderator
  • Superintendent
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,349
  • Loco for 6
    • View Profile
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

John McNamara

  • Operating Volunteers
  • Inspector
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,268
    • View Profile
We need to send him a video of our railcar in action...

Bill Baskerville

  • Museum Member
  • Conductor
  • *****
  • Posts: 924
  • Life Member
    • View Profile
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.
~ B2 ~ Wascally Wabbit & Gofer ~

Wayne Laepple

  • Museum Member
  • Supervisor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,715
    • View Profile
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?
« Last Edit: January 23, 2019, 12:28:18 PM by Wayne Laepple »

Keith Taylor

  • Museum Member
  • Engineer
  • ****
  • Posts: 604
  • Life Member
    • View Profile
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.

Philip Marshall

  • Museum Member
  • Engineer
  • ****
  • Posts: 612
    • View Profile
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.)

Jeff Schumaker

  • Museum Member
  • Conductor
  • *****
  • Posts: 800
    • View Profile
Any photos of the replica SR&RL #3?

Jeff S.
Hey Rocky, watch me pull a moose trout out of my hat.

Keith Taylor

  • Museum Member
  • Engineer
  • ****
  • Posts: 604
  • Life Member
    • View Profile
Philip
Thanks....I had forgotten about the Vose car.
Was SR&RL 3 a track car or a rail bus?
Keith

Jeff Schumaker

  • Museum Member
  • Conductor
  • *****
  • Posts: 800
    • View Profile
SR&RL #3 was originally a railbus. I believe it became maintenance equipment, with the arrival of #4 and #5.

Jeff S.
Hey Rocky, watch me pull a moose trout out of my hat.

Philip Marshall

  • Museum Member
  • Engineer
  • ****
  • Posts: 612
    • View Profile
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.

John L Dobson

  • Museum Member
  • Brakeman
  • ***
  • Posts: 198
    • View Profile
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, 03:22:27 PM by John L Dobson »
John L Dobson
Editor, FR Magazine