This came into my shop today. Set up to look like a 1915, titled as a '15 with a drivetrain likely from the 20's. I have not found a body manufacturers plate anywhere. The chassis has not been run since 1991 likely the calliope has not also. Somewhere I read that a company in Iowa put these together. Can anyone offer any info or ideas on this? Thanks, Jeff P. / MN
Miner Manufacturing Company of Donnellson, Iowa
Web site here:
Miner Mfg. Co. made the calliope units back in the 1980's and 1990's I think and they were in Fort Madison, IA. I met them on a T Tour in Fulton, MO way back in the 1980's I think. They are (were?) T guys and drove their T on the tour.
Thank You very much Keith and Andrew! The website has pictures with a body identical to the one here. I also recommissioned a popcorn wagon last summer that appears to be from the same company. I will be in contact with Miner and find as much history about these vehicles as I can.
I always wanted a working calliope unit...but my god...the prices... :0
RAY THE FATHER AND DAVE THE SON DID THESE. THEY HAVE BOTH PASSED AWAY. DAVE HAD CANCER, HIS FATHER HAD HEART CONDITION. THEY WERE FROM FORT MADISON, IOWA
The MTFCA Museum is coveting that calliope ....
Jeff, do you know if the logo is just for fun, or if this car was used as a promo item for the Jonathan Paddleford? I rode the boat a few times when I was a kid. It wouldn't surprise me if they had this car made up in the '80s to help sell tickets.
Ps. I bet those new coils will really help it sing.
Geez Eric, you brought back an old memory. I went for a little dinner cruise on the Jonathan Paddleford back around 1973. I was with my first ex-wife on a company function/dinner cruise. At any rate I think it was the Jonathon Paddleford. I remember it was a huge paddlewheel boat with two big stacks. I think it was running Diesel engines and we left from Stillwater and cruised the river for awhile.