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 Posted: Sun Sep 28th, 2008 05:45 pm
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This car was built in the shops of the East Broad Top Railroad (3'gage) in 1924 from pieces salvaged from an old Maxwell automobile. It was called the "Maxwell car" at that time. It was used at various times in its life for track inspection, telephone line maintainance, payroll delivery, and as an ambulance.

While this is not the best of pictures, it is the oldest know photo of the car in its as built condition



Evidently, the Maxwell engine was not up to the job, so in 1928 the shops replaced the engine and transmission with one from a 1924 Nash auto. We don't know if the Maxwell rear was retained at that time, or not. Because the railroad had assembled the Brill gas electric by this time, the Maxwell became M3 and the Brill M1. M2 was a short lived abortion made from an old street car body, the less said about this the better, as it was a total failure.
The M3 ran when the railroad shut down in '56, but was finally  rendered non operable by people fooling with it that didn't know, or care, what they were doing.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to a picture of the car prior to the restoration.

A couple years ago, a plan to restore the car, at no expense to the railroad was made by volunteers. While many people lent a hand, the major part of the work (and money) was provided by Larry Freeman, Charlie Wooten, and myself. The car was brought to Larry's shop, and the engine transmission and rear to mine. Everything, and I do mean everything, was rebuilt or replaced.

Engine installed, and new pilot made- taken in Larry's shop



The controls



More pictures of the rear axle rebuild, which had been replaced sometime after the Nash parts were installed, are at General Talk, under the "Oh dear- what have I got myself into" thread, by Yetter_man.

Finished, at the EBT



Coming back to the station after the maiden run. I had the honor of being the first to run down the 7 miles to the picnic grove, and back



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 Posted: Sun Sep 28th, 2008 08:02 pm
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^Woah, i was 100% sure that your avatar piccy was a model! Nice :)

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 Posted: Sun Sep 28th, 2008 09:48 pm
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Thanks Herb. Great pictures. I thought it was a model also.



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Here are a couple of more photos from Railroads of Nevada. The first is the Eureka & Palisade railcar, a 3 foot gauge piece of work.



Here is something. It's not really a critter, but Mudge will like it. A standard gauge McKeen car from the Silver Peak RR. This one is a short 40 or so footer and has cooling coils on the roof because it uses distillate to run and it needed to be kept cool in the desert heat.



More will usually follow... Woodie



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 Posted: Mon Sep 29th, 2008 04:13 pm
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Make me the third who thought so.:bg:

It SHOULD be a model....Hmmmmmmm.



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OK Dave, why don't you make a model of the M3? It would still be little even in Gn15.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 30th, 2008 03:36 am
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Looky what i found!



It's JR Hokkaido's DMV running on a small portion of the Senmo Main Line, from what i'm told.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 30th, 2008 03:34 pm
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Now, here is something quite cool. My friend Jim Cooke built this Brill railbus in HO using a Jordan (Highway miniatures) plastic kit which is unobtainable now. The car is dc and is powered with a NWSL "flea" drive. Jim installed a complete interior with a bunch of Preiser figures. She runs great and when Jim takes it to the "club", everybody crowds around to watch her run. Sorry the pix isn't in color, but that just adds to the atmosphere. Bill (Mudge) took the photo some years back.



Sorry, the little photo got posted also. But that's life.   Woodie



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 Posted: Tue Sep 30th, 2008 05:46 pm
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All fixed Woodie.



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 Posted: Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 12:25 am
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OK then, shall we continue? Here are some more "vechicles" that may or may not be online elsewhere. However, here they are just for you'all.



The above is a Missouri, Kansas, & Texas inspection car which was powered by a vertical boiler and probably a single cylinder. Mudge told me he made an HO model of this back in the 50's.



Here is the Tijuana Taxi which probably provided a nice, airy ride across the border.



The Unitah Railway had this cool superintendent's car obviously made from a Model T with a neat chain drive to the rear wheels.



And another one from the Uintah Railway, both these cars were 3 foot gauge and great examples of what a dedicated shop crew could do with a little imagination. Maybe somebody will build models of these railcars, I know that I would love to .

                     Boudreaux



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