36 gauge ~ 10" x 10" cylinders ~ 29" drivers ~ 36 tons ~ 2 trucks
The locomotive operated near the company's L’Anse, Michigan location.
I didn't know that Ford built anything that big!
Looks like a Shay, but where are the cylinders?
So, if that's a 1913 Ford why isn't there a crank on the front of it?
Almost as big as the Model K. !0)
Yes Ed, it is definitely a Shay...the drive gear is on the other side. This engine specifically has a whole lot to do with Ford because when Ford sent an engine to Fordlandia in South America, it was this exact engine.
It is Lima built engine plate #2640, built originally for the Marshall Butters Lumber Company.
Marshall Butters Lumber Co. #2, L'Anse, MI
Stearns & Culver Lumber Co. #2, L'Anse, MI
Ford Motor Car Co (c1924). #2, L'Anse, MI; For:
Michigan Iron, Land & Lumber Co. #2, Iron Mountain, MI
Converted to Std. gauge at the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton shops
Rebuilt with boiler centered, frame widened
(1928) for Companhia Ford Industries de Brazil #CFI later #21, Para, Brazil
Converted to meter gauge, non-powered tender added.
Southern Brazil Lumber Co., San Paulo, Brazil
(1940) donated to: Brazilian Government, National Railway Department, Sorocaba, Brazil
(3-1946) In shops at Sorocaba, Brazil
(c1949) Scrapped behind shops at Sorocaba, Brazil
Sorry for the small grainy photo of the drive side, as the original is a small magazine print to begin with...but the pic shows what the drive side looked like at the time it went to Brazil.
I've never seen a Shay with those fancy "gear guards"
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I've not seen that treatment to the Shay trucks before either. Note the covers are on both sides. Also the side steps on the pilot are unique. The top photo looks like the boiler is already centered. Shame it got scrapped, as it looks like it was pretty unique.
Far out!! While people are thinking Ford Railroad,i wonder what ever happened with Henry's private car?? Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
If you mean the Fair Lane, it is in the Henry Ford Museum at the Edison Institute.
Thomas,Yes i think that is it.Years ago i saw it outside and it was going to be restored.Can people go through it to see it now?? Bud.
The "Fair Lane."
No idea ford did any trains. Cool.
Tim, Henry loved trains. He bought the DT&I line in 1920, which ran from Dearborn to Ironton, Ohio in order to have better control and efficiency of transporting raw material to and from Dearborn. This line also connected with east-west rail lines which no doubt assisted in much cheaper movement of goods to him. A good friend of ours happens to have a bell from one of Ford's locomotives in his garage. I'd love to acquire it!
If you're thinking Ford built this locomotive, he/they did not. It was built by Lima, as mentioned above. If I misunderstood your comment, then I apologize.
Although, The Rouge shops did build two or three wood passenger cars in 1925-28 along the lines of the Bangor and Aroostook car now in the museum. I understand the other cars are stored away.