Sunday, September 25, 2022

passing down the tribal knowledge to his son, visiting the Barber Motorsports Museum

the first Pontiac race car

This rig started life as a regular Pontiac Six. The brand's first-ever model, it was a more affordable version of the Oakland Six. Originally sold by McRorie-Sautter, a New York dealer, as a two-door sedan, the Pontiac spent only a short time with its first owner when a fire destroyed its interior.

The dealership bought back the damaged vehicle and sent it to Willoughby Coachworks, where it was re-bodied into a two-seat speedster. Along with the new body, the dealership also changed the vehicle's purpose. 

Instead of putting it up for sale in its showroom, McRorie-Sautter entered the Six in the 1926 Sherrill New York hill climb.

And not only it won first place in its class, but it also scored a third-place finish in the unlimited displacement category. Thus it became the first-ever Pontiac race car, as well as the first Poncho to win an event.

This 57 Chev spent almost 50 years up on a sign near a gas station.

The sign was taken down many years ago, but the 210 remained bolted onto the platform.

Chad decided it deserves a better fate and rescued it with his daughters, unscrewed the Chevy off the platform, blew some air into the tires, loaded it on a trailer, and took it home.

Roger Van Alyne was able to make this at a winter photo shoot run by. While everyone else was on the other side of the tracks, he crossed over captured a truly great image.

cool old bus publicity photo

the Nevada Northern Railway's restored Fairmont Hy-Rail 1956 Pontiac Chieftain station wagon, and for about 400 dollars, you can drive it

In 1956 the Nevada Northern Railway purchased this 1956 Pontiac Station Wagon from the Fairmont Motor Car company

A member of the Nevada Northern Railway museum purchased the vehicle and donated it to the museum. About the same time, the State of Nevada announced a grant program for tourism projects. 

The museum applied and received $20,000! Then they applied to the Great Basin Heritage Partnership through their grant program and received an additional $35,000. 

That got the car restored. I wonder if  there are other original rail inspection cars still operating, or even restored, and with their original railways?

There are two classes of railroaders, those who have derailed and those who will. On Friday, the crew of Locomotive 81 joined the class of those who derailed through no fault of their own.

The Nevada Northern Railway has completed a multi-year restoration of 2-8-0 81, in 2021, a Consolidation built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1917. The locomotive had not run in 63 years.

The locomotive pulled into the wye, reversed direction to complete the movement around the wye, then disaster struck. The wheel flange on the tender truck broke off. With the flange gone, there was nothing to keep the wheel on the rail and THUNK, the wheel set was on the ground and the tender derailed. Fortunately, the crew had heard the thunk and were stopping, when the tender dropped off the rail.

the 1907 steam-powered wrecking crane and the tool car.

if that's how they load water for the customers, I recommend getting your fill before boarding

The plane is operated by Swiftair for West Atlantic Sweden

To commemorate its 50th anniversary of the Kinze grain cart, the manufacturer did a national search to find the oldest units still running.

After he built the first prototype cart in 1971, Kinze founder Jon Kinzenbaw manufactured eight, 400-bushel grain carts.

Two of those eight have been found still operating on farms today. Michael Douglas from Henry County, Kentucky, and Jeremy Smart from Peebles, Ohio – both own carts from that historic first run.

“Apparently my ship has finally come in and they give out awards for keeping old equipment running,” Smart quipped in the company’s announcement. “Obviously, it was manufactured well, and I am quite certain the original augers were in it until three years ago when I re-flighted them.”

Douglas and Smart were recently hosted at the Kinze Manufacturing headquarters in Williamsburg, IA. Their visit included a private meet and greet with Kinzenbaw, a tour of the Kinze Innovation Center and factory as well as a private tour of Kinzenbaw’s private tractor collection.

“We’re pleased to congratulate both winners,” said Kinze president Susanne Veatch. “The contest was not only meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Kinze grain cart, but also a way to show appreciation for our customers and demonstrate the durability and longevity of Kinze products.”

Dan Stadtmueller and his son, Darren, also attended the event after discovering he was the original owner of Michael’s grain cart. The original owner of Jeremy’s cart was not traceable.

Did you know that Walt Disney planned for Disney World to have an airport that tourists would use to land directly at Disney World, instead of Orlando International, or others in the area?

 there at the southern end of the park.

Disney currently has the legal autonomy to build it, without county or state oversight, but that ends in June 2023. 

In 1966, Walt Disney and his team began their lobbying efforts in the Sunshine State with the goal of establishing the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Reedy Creek would serve as a special tax district that ultimately gave Disney World the blessing of full autonomy over the land on which the new theme park resort would be built. In essence, Disney could do (almost) whatever it wanted.

Reedy Creek could levy taxes, create its own building codes, maintain itself independently from the surrounding counties, and it could even build its own nuclear plant–or an airport that would serve visitors who vacationed at Disney World.

Can you believe that Brinks had a truck robbed of multimillion-dollars of jewelry, at a truck stop? It was leaving the the International Gem and Jewelry Show

There’s debate about the value of the pilfered goods, for example, with estimates ranging from less than $10 million to more than $100 million. 

And questions are swirling around the timeline laid out in a Brink’s legal filing and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department documents, which suggest an almost impossibly swift journey for the tractor-trailer moving 300 miles in 2 hours. That's 150 mph. 

So, maybe Brinks can't count, or do math, or keep things from being stolen, apparently.

You might be aware of the historic Brinks Job movie, and history  where 2.7 million dollars was stolen from Brinks, in flabbergasting stunning incompetence if historic proportions

Friday, September 23, 2022

the Four Wheel Tractor Company, later changed to Topp-Stewart Company, and finally renamed the Atlas Engineering Company, built these tractors in Clintonville, Wisconsin during the late teens and 1920s.

grading roads, 1930s

1922 tourists at Old Faithful Inn

Architect Robert Reamer, who designed the Old Faithful Inn dining room and Bear Pit Bar at age 29, hired Chicago artist Walter Oehrle (pronounced "early") to come up with a series of sketches that would later be turned into wood carvings.

the Old Faithful Inn

The inn's architect was 29-year-old Robert Reamer, an architect for the Yellowstone Park Company, which was affiliated with the Great Northern Railway. Reamer was hired by Harry W. Child, the president of the Yellowstone Park Company, who had met Reamer in San Diego through mutual acquaintances. Reamer designed the lobby and the initial phase of guest rooms, known as the Old House, which was built in 1903-1904,

The Old Faithful Inn is the largest log hotel in the world; possibly even the largest log building in the world, and located in Yellowstone National Park, with a clear view of the renowned Old Faithful Geyser.

The Inn features a multi-story log lobby, flanked by long frame wings containing guest rooms. With its spectacular log and limb lobby and 500-ton, 85- foot stone fireplace, the inn is a prime example of the "Golden Age" of rustic resort architecture, a style which is also known as National Park Service Rustic.

It is also unique in that it is one of the few log hotels still standing in the United States. It was the first of the great park lodges of the American west. Initial construction was carried out over the winter of 1903-1904, largely using locally-obtained materials including lodgepole pine and rhyolite stone.

if you love the architecture, like I do, and want to dive into Yellowstone, also see the dining hall: 

I'll be darned, I didn't know there were tourist stickers for national park way back in 1922

in November 2011, 1938 White Motor Company Model 706 Yellowstone Park Bus bus was found in a barn in Bozeman, Montana. It had been stored there for 50 years after being auctioned off in the 60s

it was restored

it was primarily used from West Yellowstone to Gallatin Gateway to meet the Old Milwaukee Railroad at the Gallatin Gateway Inn.

1923, motorcycle patrolman, Yellowstone National Park, on a Harley

Lincoln Touring Cars in Yellowstone, between 1923-1928.

Panoramic photo of the vehicle storage facility in Gardiner, Montana, in 1925, where a fleet of over 350 Yellowstone Park motorized touring vehicles were stored, just before it caught on fire and they were all destroyed

An oil furnace exploded in the blacksmith shop located in Yellowstone Park Transportation Company’s repair and maintenance building in March of 1925

The explosion quickly scattered burning fragments all over the shop. Fanned by a strong wind from the south, the fire spread quickly and completely destroyed a large number of park vehicles and the garage in which they were housed as well as machine, paint and top shops, all were destroyed within an hour.