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W C Greene
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A good friend gave me these old photos taken back in the 1970's by another fellow who is now gone. John Grove took these photos in Garland, TX of a "dump truck" with flanged wheels. I had to enlarge the photos a bit and Photo Shop them some since they were yellowing and not far from being lost. Remember that these pictures were not taken by a professional but by a guy who loved trains. I thank Dave Cox (Cox Motor Bikes) for the bit of history. Now, this would REALLY make a great model!













I have no information about this "critter" but here it is, ready to be built. It looks like the flanged wheels could be raised up so this thing could be used on a road, probably not on city streets. I imagine that this could be backdated, using an older truck, but it looks great to me as is.

                    Woodie

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Really great shots Woodie! Thanks for posting.If only I had the time to build more!! My guess about the adjustable wheels is this: it appears only the front axle is adjustable with the hand crank, so I believe it has to do with the truck being loaded or empty. With a full load, the front wheels might lift off the rails and need to be adjusted downward to re-engage the rails properly. Just a guess. Nevertheless, a great set of photos!
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Is that a differential on the rear flanged axle? Why?

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Yes, but I think it just acts as an axle. It isn't connected for power. Same on the front.
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In any event, it would appear that it is a dedicated rail vehicle, as with the rear railset non-adjustable, the rear set flange would touch the road surface before the tire tread--if it was meant to be dual purpose.


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John-in the manner of true "kitbashing", they used a "rear end" as an axle. Probably what was laying around wherever the thing was built. The truck works by the rear tires (the inside tires of a dualie) providing traction on the rails. This looks like it was built upon an old GMC 4 by 4 from the military or an old hauling company. I have a kit for such a truck and the frame, wheels, and motor look pretty much like what the kit has...my "reasoning". The old gent who saw and took pictures isn't around to comment unless someone has a seance (?) to contact him. Have fun.
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Hey Woodie,

That thing look's like what I got me driver license in.

Ronnie D.:glad:

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Woodie, That is amazing and it's the kind of stuff I like to build.

I cant beleive they used a semi trailer dolly to raise & lower the front axle, I picked up on that right away.

John

 

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WOW!. Take out ANY bolt and it will collapse!


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