GRJ & Yardmaster, neither your posts or GRJ's reposts of the pics are showing here. Wonder why the pics show up for GRJ and others are not seeing them? Interesting problem here, it's usually all or none? I'm using Chrome, but Edge doesn't work either.

Only pics of Yardmaster's I can see are the ones Franktrain posted from the links in Yardmaster's original post.

Thanks GRJ for reposting the pictures. I'll figure this out sooner or later.

Thanks for the comments. Just something different and fun. Its one of those things thats comes along once in a lifetime, so I jumped at it!

 

Mark the "YARDMASTER"

BUTLER, WI

 

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

Well its been awhile, longtime since I posted an update on the progress of my restoration of my speeder.

The engine and transmission have been rebuilt, the body painted and mostly reassmebled at this time. The motor runs like a charm! Have to get the doors installed and decals added.

It will be next spring by the time it hits the rails, but the wait will sure be worth it!IMG_0001-002IMG_0003-002IMG_0002-002

 

Mark the "YARDMASTER"

BUTLER, WI

 

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Moonman, the small rails/rods on the front and rear are there to push or pull the car into place onto the track from the trackside shed. Nowadays they are used for loading and unloading the car from your trailer or for help turning your car for a return trip on an excursion.

 

Mark the "YARDMASTER"

BUTLER, WI

 

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

The upper black rods are the handles and lower longer ones are the "bumpers".

As for the a/c unit, it will be a 2/20 sized unit.

2 doors opened at 20 mph!

 

Mark the "YARDMASTER"

BUTLER, WI

 

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

Yardmaster posted:

The upper black rods are the handles and lower longer ones are the "bumpers".

As for the a/c unit, it will be a 2/20 sized unit.

2 doors opened at 20 mph!

Ah yes, the good ol' BreezAir 2/20 unit.  A smaller-sized unit, but quite effective.  I've used them on several of my vehicles in the past.  I've even got a couple of them right now.  

Paul  

Ship Rock Island ROCKET FREIGHT

 

2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high in either case.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

If the government knew how much fun O-gauge railroading was, they'd outlaw it!

Common sense is my second best trait.  Nonsense is my first, of course. 

As for the decals, there really was not much left of them. After being out in the elements for 48 years they were gone. So with a new paint job comes along new decals!

 

Mark the "YARDMASTER"

BUTLER, WI

 

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

From what I have seen and what I found out doing the restoration, Fairmount assembled just about everything on the car, less the windows and then painted it! So evrything was yellow including the plywood cover in the middle of the cab, handles, bumpers.

Also they originally didn't come with or had seats in them. The workers would sit sideways on the plywood and then go out to whatever section of track they had to repair.

I guess they figured the workers were tough enough that they didn't need seats or wasn't worth the extra cost.

 

Mark the "YARDMASTER"

BUTLER, WI

 

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

I finally applied the decals to the car and sure makes it look like a totally different car.

I also added a 2 way radio to keep in contact with group while riding and intercom system for the passengers . These things make a lot of noise going down the track.

Looks like spring time,  it will finally hit the rails!IMG_0003IMG_0008-001IMG_0011-001

 

Mark the "YARDMASTER"

BUTLER, WI

 

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Looks like it is just being readied for delivery to the RR for the first time, right off the assembly line! It looks really nice! And sounds like a lot of fun to operate this spring as well. Enjoy! 

Mark, that is a fantastic job you did on that.  How lucky to find that and then be able to buy it and restore it.  You did a tremendous job on it.  I'd sure love to ride in it some time, that would be a blast.  When I was real little, my dad was a signal maintainer for the SP (early to middle 50's) and he had his own speeder.  He mainly worked on the north line out of El Paso, Texas (yes I still call it the Armpit of Texas).  He would go out pretty early in the morning and sometimes when he was on the way home, he would stop and call my mom and she would take me out to Plainport just north of town and wait for him, he would stop and pick me up and I would ride the rest of the way into town with him back to the signal shop and she would meet us.  I think you will really enjoy going out and riding around.  How cool that will be.

JEM

sptrainnut

TCA 12-67009

 

Wow, amazing job!

When I still lived in Florida, I was a member of the NRHS chapter there and they owned at least one motor car and the members each owned a few. So, I rode and operated a few of them at meets. As I understand it, the meets got fewer and fewer and now it's pain to run these things.

Yours is much better looking than any I ever saw in person!

Thanks for all your comments. It sure is fun rebuilding things like this. Bringing something thats worn out and tired and making it run and look like new again is really a good feeling!

Now if the rides / excursions are as fun as rebuilding this, I think there will be many years of enjoyment with this car. I don't think there will be any shortage of fun!

 

 

 

 

Mark the "YARDMASTER"

BUTLER, WI

 

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

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