We have recently acquired a model T railcar which is now on display at Tenterden railway station. It is believed this is a runner but we would like some advise before attempting to start her. If anyone would like to pop down and give us advise I am sure we could run to a mug of tea!!
this is a good site for that information, good luck!
I help restore a T railcar, let me know if you need any bad advice! A bit far away for me to 'drop in"!
have you asked the UK club, the Model T Ford Register? http://www.modeltregister.co.uk/
We have 450 members and I'm sure we can find someone near you to assist.
David, If you can't find anyone nearby, or can't wait, take a look at this comprehensive checklist from the Towe Museum in the US in this past Forum posting: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/297601.html?1341112656
Please, keep us posted on your progress.
FYI, We would love to see a picture of the rail car. At least I would.
Yes, pics please!
Wow lots of info, thank you.
In touch with the UK club.
Once I work out how to upload photos I will.
David Dewey - you mean there is another one out there???
Yes, quite a few actually, some narrow gauge too. There's also a small railbus somewhere out here built on a Model A chassis. There's also a large T railbus somewhere--Hawaii maybe? I forget
Here's a pic (not mine) of a narrow gauge one on the WW&F Rwy, a rebuilt narrow gauge railroad & museum in Alna,Maine
Why the rear view mirror? Is the T really going to change lanes?
I think it's to keep checking the tracks behind for a single headlight coming up from the rear .....
David Brenchley, I was lucky to take a ride in one some years ago here in the UK, video here ...
Dang, that was cool !!
There are two more railcars in Maine, both originally operated on the 2 foot gauge Sandy River and Rangely Lakes Railroad...one with a Model T drivetrain survives at the Owls Head Transportation Museum:
And the other, originally built using a REO drivetrain and later repowered with a model A Ford drivetrain, operated last summer at museum operations at Portland and Boothbay, Maine:
Here's a picture of one in Nome, Alaska in 1926, appears to have been a '14 runabout. this 3' narrow gauge. Neat side curtains!
is your railcar the one built by Colin Shutt? I believe he ran it on your railway some time ago.
Yes it is Colin, there are moves afoot to repeat the exercise...
let's turn this one back up on it's wheels
D.D. when I was in Nome in 1980 there was a Fordson locomotive from the same railway, just sitting beside the street. I believe it converted by the Skagit Steel works, 30 miles from my house. Dave in Bellingham,WA
That photo of the T and the steam locomotive in Alna, ME is a two footer. Maine had lots of two-foot gauge logging railroads in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Right John, I should have mentioned the two-foot.
David S., neato! In that group of pics I found that one, there was a pic or two of the Fordson, very interesting arrangement.
And one from New Zealand:
Update, the engine runs but the gearbox is dubious. Intentions are to have it up and running for next years anniversary.
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
What a neat turntable it is sitting on.