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Old 10-29-2009, 09:24 PM   #41
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Default Re: Lowered and rolling on 20's...

So a tractor grille shell on your rod is only traditional if you have a cowcatcher as well?
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:41 PM   #42
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There is an unrestored 40 something buick sedan at the Baltimore Ohio Railroad museum here in Baltimore. No cow catcher though.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:40 PM   #43
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In the early 70s I was stationed in N.Cal with the Forest Service..Fun was what you made out in the middle of nowhere..We used to take an early 50s Chevy truck(fit the tracks just right) let some air out of the tires and get up on the tracks..We would put a brick on the gas pedal and everybody would get in the back and party off into the desert night..usually would wake up the next morning way out in Nevada somewhere, turn the truck around and head back for breakfast and more beer..We would go on good information about what was an abandoned line of course, we were never surprised with an oncoming train but the chance was always there, thats what made it fun, right?!
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:32 AM   #44
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If someone wants to do this on an earlyford with 5.5 bolt pattern, just use the massive 16 inchers from the WW2 jeeps, these had heavy gauge wheels made for emergency railroad use, just take of the tire, and start railing..
Ofcourse we have the axle width problem..
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:37 AM   #45
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If someone wants to do this on an earlyford with 5.5 bolt pattern, just use the massive 16 inchers from the WW2 jeeps, these had heavy gauge wheels made for emergency railroad use, just take of the tire, and start railing..
Ofcourse we have the axle width problem..
Most older vehicles have the very same overall axle widths (track) as standard gauge rr tracks (the other kind), 4ft, 8-1'2" or 56-1/2". Just bolt them on, lock up the steering and go! Same as the jeep's. Gary
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:34 AM   #46
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I like this one, of course I'm biased, it's a 29 Chevrolet. Great thread! I like the "Canadian Pacific" vintage logos too.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:35 AM   #47
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São Paulo, Brazil.
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:55 AM   #48
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Hell, thems hip-hoppas think they is da first ones wit da biggie rollerz,.!? Naw, man, I saw an ol' 1800's buckwagon dee oder day wit some 45's on it and they was ridin' durty. Man I gots ta go an hurt someone now.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:07 PM   #49
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There are clubs that organize meets, just like with the cars. They can contract with an active or inactive railroad, and in some cases they own their own 'abandoned' lines for their club members to run on. Tourist roads often allow operating sessions. There are meets all over the country all year long.

Check out 'NARCOA' for the national club. Plenty of videos on You Tube as well: search 'speeder'.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:54 PM   #50
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probably not as much Horsepower as the thing I get to drive on the rails


4400 hp

but in terms of style I think these old inspector cars definitely take the cake
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:05 AM   #51
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Funny that this thread comes up now, just last weekend I was at the B&O Railroad museum in Baltimore and I saw this Buick...
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:02 PM   #52
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Funny that this thread comes up now, just last weekend I was at the B&O Railroad museum in Baltimore and I saw this Buick...
Cool. I had forgot about that one. Looks like you could do one like it for the street using some big Donk wheels in the back and Tyrell F-1 tech in the front - remember their 6-wheel F-1 car? Gary
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:04 PM   #53
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wow I never knew this. I only seen the ones you stand on and move up and down. This is cool. You learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:56 PM   #54
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rail jobs .. the discription in the dictionary just got alot longer
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:48 AM   #55
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Makes you wonder how many cow catchers and 20"steel wheel will be at the Pileup next year.lol.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:19 PM   #56
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Most older vehicles have the very same overall axle widths (track) as standard gauge rr tracks (the other kind), 4ft, 8-1'2" or 56-1/2". Just bolt them on, lock up the steering and go! Same as the jeep's. Gary
My cousin told me of tales when they would do this on some old tracks that were rarely used. Of course I believe there was a lot of beer and some insanity involved.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:25 PM   #57
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My cousin told me of tales when they would do this on some old tracks that were rarely used. Of course I believe there was a lot of beer and some insanity involved.
I've been told there are both organized (sanctioned with approval) and outlaw (in the spirit of hobos?) groups that do this even today. They use speeders, hand cars and other contraptions. But running active roads with any sort of gizmo would be outright foolish. There are even groups of coasters that only go down hill (as was done in the long lost past as a paid tourist activity on hilly railroads). They start at the top and coast down enjoying the scenery and a picnic lunch! Good brakes mandatory. Gary
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