I think they're gonna need to work on those rails if they really want that thing to work well.
What is the tank under the running board? Gas, Water, or sand. interesting car. What year,interesting front door and cowl with steal rad. Front wheel assembly not centered under front cross member. Must have been made in the RR back shop. Real ingenuity.
I'd guess the tank is for sand Bob. Note fill cap in running board and it looks like a little petcock at the rear of the tank is centered right over the rail. I'd bet there's another identical "sand tank" on the driver's side.
About the 4-wheel truck not centered under the front cross member, I have a suspicion that that's where it belongs,....centered under the front cross member. I think this rig has had some sort of severe "mishap" that shoved that front "bogie" back about a foot or two. One wheel wedged under fender where it meets the running board, and I see a lot of mud stuck inside the front wheels.
Yeah, some section foreman or roadmaster ran thru' a switch line against him and got fired over that little mishap!
late 12 touring body.charley