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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2015 03:45 am
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Another spot I found in the region was a museum up by Flathead Lake, south of the town called Polson.  The museum, The Miracle of America Museum, is definitely worth a look for anyone interested in railroads, maritime, Americana, and old cars. Trains, of course, was what I focused my camera on and thus I have some images to share:

I have no idea why this locomotive has two stacks, but it looks sweet!  You can even climb inside the cab of this one, although the steel is quite slippery when wet thanks to decades of rust and grime.  Here's a shot of the front:

Something tells me this locomotive was used in the backcountry due to the spool on the right, the big pilot, adjustable coupler, handrails, etc...  There's no build plate as far as I can tell.

Also on display is a diminutive Plymouth switcher, 3 ft gauge (or thereabouts)  that you can also climb into, although it's not much of a view from the cab of this thing.  From what I can gather, these little engines would be used in the lumberyard, transporting cars full of fresh cut lumber and readying them to be trans loaded onto standard gauge cars by cranes or horses (probably cranes by the time this engine was being used).

Large scale modelers might want to note that this engine's frame looks nearly identical to that of a Hartland Locomotive Works 'Mack' engine.

This one's for Uncle Bob, a homemade train set meant for kids to ride on.  Since it was raining, the train was parked inside the "tunnel" which looks more like an extended dog house.  up front is a pair of F unit diesels.  Even though it's not a narrow gauge representation, it sure looks cool, and simple.

This contraption you don't see everyday in restored condition, it's a velocipede!  Basically a bicycle on rails, this thing was lightweight, easy to build and use, cheap, and was perfect for track inspectors, doctors, foreman, etc...  Of course, more commonly we see these:

Rail speeders.  This is a Fairbanks Morse M model of some kind.  Needs restoration of course, too bad the owner is unlikely to part with it otherwise I'd buy it and join NARCOA.  oh well, opportunity will come...

Those were the big pieces of railroad equipment at the museum, but there's plenty of small artifacts, tractors, aircraft (including an F4 cockpit, and a F8 Crusader and a couple of helicopters).


James W.

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