I don't think I would want to do that, I built the truck, since the original ones were custom made, so I would like to keep my truck. I would not mind adding a bracket or something to be able to house the motor to the truck.
Great news, as some of you know, I had been working for a while now trying to get a McKeen Motor Car that ran in San Diego back home. Thursday the car was lifted from the ground and placed on a truck, from there the truck went to the shipyard in Anchorage and will leave Sunday. From there it will arrive in Seattle around Thursday and hopefully reach San Diego Sunday the 20th. I would like to thank everyone who has helped get this project going. Once the car arrives home, we will start phase...
This is my first model train I have built,(and maybe my last McKeen Car) and I would like some help with Ideas on how to power it. I purchased a motor used in the engine in the starter sets made by Lionel. ...
I am glad to say the McKeen Car "Cuyamaca" is back in California for the first time in 92 years, when in 1926 she likely left the Yuma Valley Railroad by way of the Southern Pacific Railroad, possibly thought Calif. She is in rough shape, but she can be restored, and it will take quite a few hands to do that, but she will be restored. With your help through donations and time, she can be restored and running around the country before I'm 30 years old, (I'm 17 now.) Here are a few photos of...
I don't think anyone has mentioned it so far, but the PRR had a McKeen car number 4701. It is pictured in the late Al Staufer's book "Pennsy Power III". Some more references: http://www.midcontinent.org/ro.../builders/mckeen.htm http://www.therailwire.net/for...ex.php?topic=31959.0 Simon
I knew about those, however Wikipedia doesn't (no surprise,) but what does he say about the car in his book. Here is what I wrote down on the scrapdate... " Jan. 16, 1920 PRR McKeen car No. 4701 scrapped at Wilmington. (Keystone) " Originally Posted by Simon Winter: I don't think anyone has mentioned it so far, but the PRR had a McKeen car number 4701. It is pictured in the late Al Staufer's book "Pennsy Power III". Some more references: http://www.midcontinent.org/ro.../builders/mckeen.htm...
Have you visited the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association site (NPRHA.org)? NP had one or two McKeen cars, and there are some pictures available via this site. (Also some pictures of the BB&BC McKeen car.) There was a terrific article about the NP McKeen cars in the Mainstreeter about a year ago, I believe it was written by Richard Wilkens. Perhaps you can obtain a copy of it. Good luck!
The photo of the McKeen car in Yuma is extremely helpful, as i am very close to restoring that exact car. I am not a member of any of those groups however. I will looking into memberships. And to answer smd4, I am looking for any information, if you have seen drawings, or heard there was one in Mexico, any information would help, like that image of the "Cuyamaca." I have only seen thre other images of that car at that time.
The railroad that ran in front of the house I grew up in had (long before my time!) run McKeen cars there. It was the Dan Patch Electric Line...Minneapolis, St.Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Co. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203506476887307608/
The Lakeside & Marblehead Railroad near Sandusky, Ohio owned one. The only book on the railroad has quite a bit of information about the car and on McKeen. Here's what the book looks like. http://books.google.com/books?...ge&q&f=false
I know they owned one, the #5 ran for quite a few years, and supposedly had the oldest original Gasoline engine, and trucks, reported to still exist in the 50's. This car was also a diner, and after a fire burned the car (which was made of steel,) the car was scrapped. I am hoping that there are some remains from that car, but I don't know. I had found another article about the railroad, not much on the car while in service though. Originally Posted by TrainWizard5972: The Lakeside &...
Google: Virginia and Truckee McKeen car restoration That will pop up several things on the restoration of the Virginia and Truckee McKeen car. I am guessing if you contact the folks that did the restoration, they could help you. Simon PS: http://museums.nevadaculture.o...ogram&Itemid=142
I have spent a few hundred hours on different sites finding as much as I can, but there is a lot of information not on the internet, I am trying to find it. Originally Posted by Hot Water: Have you Googled it? There sure seems to be a lot of info out there.
Oh, heck no, half of the stuff I have in my collection isn't on the internet. Most would assume what you said, only because it is a bit harder to find information that's not on the internet. Originally Posted by Hot Water: Well, I've always heard that, if it isn't on the internet,,,,,,,then it doesn't exist.
Perhaps you have already communicated where it was found - I must have missed it. But - where was it found? What a great bit of archaeological work must have been involved. BTW, you have a great name.......should be a hedge fund manager or a consumer packaged goods product manager!
I just wish that MTH would reconsider producing this rare, very early motor car prototype. They had gone through the design stages, built a pre-production sample and then cancelled the whole project. Hate to see that after all the time and investment that had been given to the project. I saw the model at York and it really looked nice, but, foolishly I didn't order one at that time. Maybe my one order would have pushed MTH over whatever their minimum was and they would have gone ahead with...
Wow...and I was just in Anchorage this past August! That is REALLY putting your money where your mouth is, to actually acquire and recover that McKeen! Good job! Best of luck in preserving and restoring that piece of history. (I DID reserve an MTH one, to no avail)
Thank you, I know the car is in bad condition, but about as much is left on this car as on the Virginia and Truckee #22, only the panels are rusted away unlike the #22, however the panels on both cars were, and are going to be replaced. There's hope for the car, and thankfully the frame is in really good condition.
Wow! This is a feat in itself! Good luck on the rebuild. I hope you have some contacts at the Nevada Railway Museum where the currently only operating mckeen car exist and find out what they used for a power train as well as that unique drive wheel.
I am in contact with the Nevada State Railroad Museum, and I know what they used for a drive system, however their system is very nice for slow speeds under 20MPH, I will probably need to be able to reach 50 or 60 for MTS and other services, so I plan on using a large enough motor to reach those speeds, and to do so with a Diesel Electric drive. We will hide the modern equipment and try to quiet it as much as possible. We will also try to create and pump fake engine sounds from the cab to...
You are taking on a real, tough project! God Bless you for your efforts. I believe that that a restoration of a car like this is really significant and worthwhile and should be well funded. It's a shame that so much of that car-body is apparently missing. But, like the old adage states: "If it was built once, it can be built again." What RR was the original owner? Paul Fischer
Thank you, everyone, yes the real work only begins now, but it's been fun so far, and I think it still will be. Just discovering the original floor, original wood veneer and trim work has been lots of fun, I can't wait to get back to work on her (which I'm going to do now, just had to reply to everyone on my computer first )
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