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  1. The IH steam tractor--Per Guy Fey, the steam tractors were developed as a back up in case the unproven gas motors for the 10-20 tractors were not as successful as hoped.  When the 10-20 worked as planned, the steam was not pursued further, but this was not an indication that they were not satisfactory. 

    In the late 1920s, IH built the power units based on the technology that was patented during the tractor development for two steam powered rail cars for the Milwaukee Railroad--perhaps one of the more unusual IH products. 

    Milwaukee RR Railcar.jpg

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  2. 10 hours ago, Rawleigh99 said:

    The Shay's were similar to the Climax but had two vertical cylinders on each side.

    Most Shays were 3 vertical cylinders, only the very smallest were 2. 

    There was a third design known as the Heisler which had 2 vertical cylinders, one on each side angled in toward a drive shaft running under the center of the loco.

  3. 7 hours ago, Delta Dirt said:

    "wonder what the life expectancy for a boxcar is for active work on the rail line????




    FRA rules say a car cannot be interchanged with another RR after 40 years of use.  Rebuilding can extend this to 50 years.  It can continue to be used on its home RR as long as they want.  Many cars seem to survive for the 40 or 50 years before being scrapped.

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  4. 13 minutes ago, Old Binder Guy said:

    Granddad went today and did what Granddad's are supposed to do. Watch Granddaughter Heather in her tennis match. I had on two pairs of long johns, an upper flannel undershirt, a tee shirt, a heavy flannel shirt, a winter coat, gloves, a stocking cap and still froze my buns.

    I thought tennis was a summer sport! That's football!

    But I was on the track team and remember high jumping into snow.

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  5. I'm sure Randy never made use of them since they were gone by the time he started flying, but I recently ran across an article on the two paddle-wheel aircraft carriers that were on Lake Michigan during WWII.  These were 2 paddle-wheel lake liners that were converted to carriers for training and trained thousands of pilots from the Great Lakes Naval Center.  George Bush was among them.  As might be expected, there are hundreds of planes on the lake bottom with some occasionally being salvaged and restored.  Read more at   https://militaryhistorynow.com/2016/08/29/fresh-water-flattops-the-u-s-navys-forgotten-great-lakes-aircraft-carriers/  and  a search will show other articles.  There's a book on them out there too.

  6. 2 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

    Very interesting you mention that Gary. The address of my work is Owensville, IN. Another hard hit small town was Griffin Indiana. It was basically wiped off the map. There is a large hill overlooking the town. Years ago I was working summers in college on a grain bin crew in that area. An older gentleman relayed a story to me told by his mother. She told him that nobody knew anything was wrong until the tornado (largest recorded in history until the early 2000’s I believe) was very close to town.  The people took off running to the hills to try and get away. I heard stories as a kid about people finding mail and possessions in fields for miles where it had rained down from the atmosphere. Owensville has some very sandy areas that grow a lot of watermelons annually.  The area is nestled up against the Wabash River.  

    25 years ago I found a 20 year old bank receipt from Iowa in my yard in Fort Wayne, Indiana right after a major tornado in Iowa.  Obviously I can't prove this was carried here by the storms, but its being blown from an attic in the storm seems to be a possible explanation that seems more likely than any other I've come up with.

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  7. George HW Bush was in the Navy and flew TBF Avengers, somewhat similar to the P-47 in the photo but not the same.  That caught my eye because I was recently reading of the two paddle-wheel powered aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan that trained thousands of pilots from the Great Lakes Naval Station north of Chicago, Bush among them.  

    No tractors or Montana farms here, but the story of the carriers which were 2 paddle-wheel lake liners that were converted to carriers for training may be of interest to some of you.  Read more at   https://militaryhistorynow.com/2016/08/29/fresh-water-flattops-the-u-s-navys-forgotten-great-lakes-aircraft-carriers/  and google will show other articles.  There's a book on them out there too.

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  8. It's not steam, but here's one I found that fits in with some of the others posted. Farm workers use a Hart-Parr kerosene-fueled tractor to move their bunk house to the next field they will be plowing in Warwick, North Dakota, 1908.

    Farm workers use a Hart-Parr kerosene-fueled tractor to move their bunk house to the next field they will be plowing in Warwick, North Dakota, 1908..jpg

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  9. 22 hours ago, Delta Dirt said:

    A number of trucks in those years had very similar cabs.  I always figured there was a common manufacturer selling to the different manufacturers.  Who was it-------what's the deal???




    Chicago Manufacturing Co was a major steel stamping company in the 50s and 60s and built cabs for many manufacturers including some for IH, Mack, Diamond T, Dart, Reo, White, and others.  Some cabs were their design sold to the the truck builder so they look alike and some like IH and Mack were the customer's design.  The Budd Company was another cab builder and there may have been others.  The IH Comfovision cab was used by a dozen manufacturers over the years.

    The truck is likely a Reo, as Diamond Reo wasn't formed until 1967.  The emblem on the hood looks more like Reo's boomerang shaped logo that the Diamond Reo diamond.

    The tractors look larger than Cubs, possibly 100s?

    Chicago Manufacturing Tag.jpg

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  10. 2 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

    Gary, I would almost bet that pic was taken in Southern Indiana. That truck says “Buchta” on the hood which is still a trucking company around the Evansville area. Not sure where they are based for but the Elmer Buchta trucking company still exists. Interesting picture for sure. 

    Picture was taken in Rockville, IN, which is in Parke Co which is known for its many covered bridges and a big CB festival in the fall.

    Buchta is headquartered near Jasper, IN  and is a big time coal and limestone hauler.

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  11. On 8/26/2020 at 2:29 AM, sandhiller said:

    It hit 105 here today, had to post something "cool"? and yeah, send them to clear track first after a snow. Can't really see V plow that good on my phone but it must be there. They can really roll the snow ?


    That locomotive doesn't have an actual V plow as you can see the ditch lights on the end of the frame that a V would hide if you have a larger screen.  It has a snow plow pilot which as you can see can throw a lot of snow,  just not in really heavy show like a V.  Here's an example.

    #534 EMD SD-10.JPG

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