Rail Cars in America and Canada in the first half of the last century they were a normal appearance on the track. The advantages of the car and track inspection vehicle were large, the rail inspectors did no longer in with a manual force propelled handcar, they could now use their personal automobile inspection. We take you on a journey through the various railcars that have been used over the years in the land of unlimited possibilities, let's go!
At that time, this was an unprecedented success, the Model T Ford conquered America and the rest of the world and made Henry Ford rich.
T Ford railcar from 1927, on narrow gauge
Ford Model T rail car, Pleasant Point
T Ford railcar, perfectly built replica
Given the reputation and the numbers are there of this Ford built it is no wonder that in the course of time some of these cars were converted into a rail inspection vehicle. Above we see a beautifully restored first model from 1927, the last year of production, the railcar is privately owned. In addition, a replica built to original drawings from the collection of the Pleasant Point Railway Museum, part of the Fairlie Branch Line. The third picture is a replica of the Model T Ford to a former forestry, the owner of this fine specimen harvest this undoubtedly much admiration!
Just click on the picture you will get a magnification and you will see some more details, you can however do this with all the photos in this story.
T Ford, Unitah Railway, Wild West, 1920
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy RR, 1925
Virginia and Truckee Railroad, 1926
We see above another three Model T Fords of both small and large companies. The first was the personal inspection of vehicle superintendant Earp on Unitah Railway, called "Logging Line", a railroad that was used for logging. Next to it a Model T Ford vehicle inspection of the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad, a company which covered a large part of the Mid-West of the United States. The third T Ford was supposedly in possession of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, a rail line was built to transport ore from the Comstock Lode silver mine near Virginia City in Nevada. Note the ash-classification of these railcars, with all three of these is totally different, it is clear own constuction.
Chevrolet, Ellis & Burnand Bush Railway, watch the dogs on the footboard, 1920s
Pierce Arrow, very exclusive, Mississippi River & Bonne Terre Railway, 1920s
Chrysler Roadster, Little River Railroad, having fun an a sunday afternoon, 1920s
On the pictures above we see first one in the 20s of the last century railcar converted Chevrolet of Ellis & Burnand Bush Railway. The two brave dogs on the footboard dare to do it because at such inspection trip through the "bush" no dizzying speeds were achieved. Where this Chevy still a bit messy conversion product that can not be said of the chic and elegant Pierce Arrow railcar on the railway with the lyrical and romantic sounding name Mississippi River & Bonne Terre Railway. This car is truly a wonderful status symbol, mark you, for example on the front with small gates on the mudguards or bull bar, finishing with exceptional levels!
The luxury car was used to transport executives between the various railway depots in their area.
In the "roaring twenties" there was also time for "fun" with a railcar as we see from the photo of the happy group that is armed with a Chrysler roadster railcar on the stretch of the Little River Railroad, a "Logging Line" Near Townsend in Tennessee.
Inspection T Ford with simple turntable is turned by four strong, 1916
Paige Railcar is rotated on its own turntable, Glacier Station, 1934
Buick own turntable, the system gets lighter to handle, 1938
Were there at that first turntables still need a few men, over time the system was perfected and was turning increasingly easy. There was less force is required by a well balanced turntable with ball bearings.
Please note that at the railcar as Paige on the wheels which are not only provided with a flange on the inside in order to remain in the track, but also of pneumatic tires instead of steel railway wheels. That was obviously a lot more comfortable and gave a better grip on the track.
That something would work out and that the car are the biggest competitor of the track would be when they were undecided.
Packard, Quebec Central Railroad, 1929
CPR 1938 Buick Special, West Toronto
Cadillac, Canadian Pacific Railroad, 1947
As a track inspection vehicle car anyway continued to play a role. We can see above some fine examples of rail cars that were used by the Canadian railways, was chosen for reliable brands like Packard, Buick and Cadillac.
The Buick in the picture had undergone several changes, so the drive was replaced by a Ford truck rear suspension was redesigned and the brakes were powered by a compressor. This is also because it was bound to Buick was able to reach a speed of 115 km per hour! On the underside of the car was the already been discussed above, turntable mounted so that the car is lifted as a whole and could be rotated. There was an air horn and a bell attached, flags and signal lights could be implemented and there was a very full shelf ready coffin carried on board. Unusually for the time, the portable telephone set that contact could be included with the signal boxes along the line.
Packard, Winnipeg Railway Museum
Buick, Canadian Railway Museum
Chevy, Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Rw
In the third picture we see not yet restored but preserved for posterity Chevrolet, built in 1951.
This railcar in 2002 was still in the service of the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway and was then drawn up at the station in Eureka Springs. This company has special historical curiosities spoorse in its possession.
3 pieces De Soto railcars from 1946 in a row
Chrysler Windsor Deluxe 1951
Dodge Station Wagon Deluxe 1952
the Chrysler Windsor Deluxe from the Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo Railroad from 1951 and a 1952 Dodge Station Wagon Deluxe.
De Soto incidentally was owned by the Chrysler group. The Dodge was extremely popular and was known to be reliable.
The Chrysler Windsor Deluxe is privately owned and can be seen occasionally on track hobby events in Canada.
Inspectiebus M246, Canadian Pacific, West Toronto Railway Station, 1951
Ford vehicle inspection for "executives", put on ten key officials, 1952
New York Central no. 3383 at Courtright, with Fairmont Hi-Rail system, 1955
The middle photo shows us a Ford V-8 engine with the cab built by the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The gearbox of this Ford was changed so that the car could both forward and backward at the same speed so that their car had to be rotated, the cooling system was specially adapted for this purpose with an additional water supply to the radiator. The brakes were energized, particularly at that time. The "driver's seat" is at the front, the left and right are two more seats. Behind it are four seats that face forward and then behind that four seats are rear-facing. In all, therefore, ten inspectors or operators and one "driver" to ride.
Pontiac Hi-Rail, Canadian Railways, 1958
Plymouth hyrail, Lehigh Tannery, 1968
Ford F-250 Fairmont 0307 Hi-Rail, 2012
Originally the system was in the 30s -'40 developed by the company Evans. It was under the name "Evans Auto Railer" put on the market and was an instant success. Reportedly Evans all rail / road vehicles of the US Army
in World War II equipped with the system. After the war, the company was acquired by Fairmont Railway Motors Incorporated. They introduced the term Hi-Rail, a merging of Highway and Railway. In 1980, Fairmont was in turn acquired by Harsco, the factory still exists. Above we see a number of rail cars equipped with the system.
The Hi-rail vehicle was a success because it was so easy to use. The switch from road to rail took only a few minutes of your time and could happen at any crossing. One manouvreerde the car at the junction above the railway and once in the right position could be lowered to the track wheel and continue his way on the rails. This of course only after they were sure that there were no trains on the reason that could be an obstacle ...
the last century, the car booming in America runs on many passenger railroad correspondingly sharply.
In an effort to reduce costs enable many small railway from steam trains on the railcar.
Buick railcar and vehicle inspection
Little Mack AB Winnipeg Electric Company
New Haven Railroad, Rail Coach Mack
These buses were often converted buses and they had all kinds of functions depending on the need. Thus we see the Buick was above both used as an inspection vehicle, as a vehicle for track workers or railcar for transporting individuals, according to a timetable. At a timetable we are not to imagine too much, twice a day ride was already a lot! The Little Mack AB beside it also has had a busy life with about the same features, it is still used at the end of the fifties in the construction of the Kelsey Hydroelectric Generating Station in northern Manitoba, the photograph dates from that time. The third picture shows another railcar Mack, it was specially built to carry passengers on the New Haven Railroad. After retirement, some of these buses have been sold to the Cuban Railways.
Galloping Goose no. 5 of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, South West Colorado
Galloping Goose no. 6, was used for maintenance work on the line
Galloping Goose No. 7, original and in the possession of the Colorado Railroad Museum
The nickname "Gallop Rende Goose" would owe the vehicles to their waddle about the rather uneven track of the line. Another explanation is that the name was derived from the sound of the bugle, a "honk" that resembled the sound of a goose and sounded much different than a whistle. All the "Geese" have survived to the present day second but it is a replica built. The railcars are sometimes still used on the lines of the Colorado Railroad Museum, the Cumbres & Toltec Railway or on the Durango & Silverton line in tribute to the days of old.
Both No. 5 and No. 6 and 7 were built in 1936 with a Pierce Arrow body was used from 1926, the Pierce Arrow was an expensive car as we saw earlier in this story. Number 5 is in Dolores on the Durango & Silverton Line and No. 6 and 7 are held by the Colorado Railroad Museum, where number four has found a home.
That's because these models from time to time be manufactured in a limited edition. The middle photo shows a Bachmann rail truck in scale 1:48, the two other trucks are AMS models in 1:24 scale, these are suitable for your garden railway!
Little Bill, Ford Model T, 1:32 scale
T Ford in scale 1:25
Ford Pick-up, scale 1:20
In all three models, it is a Ford from the early years of the railcar era, nostalgia for a glorious past, the Americans are not strange and as we finish our story where we started: at the Ford railcar ...
T Ford in 1910 railcar, scale 1: 45Inmiddels there is also a story of our hand appeared with the subject American rail cars on the layout, you will find it in our exciting special Trains and model trains, a fascinating hobby under the title: Railcars, America's rail cars in model and in fact, stay tuned!
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