Lombard tractor

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by willy4, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. willy4

    willy4 Member

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    While doing research for my logging module I came across an article about hauling logs back in 1900. Pictures of a steam driven tractor. Modeltech Studies makes kits for HO & O, but none for N so I kit bashed one. The first picture is of real one and then my kitbash.

    Bill

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  2. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

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    Very nice work Bill
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    Nicely done:thumb:

    Loren
  4. Uintah Dave

    Uintah Dave Member

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    Nice looking tractor. NG&SL Gazette had an article about those a while back. I always thought they were cool.
  5. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

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    Great looking model. Even more so considering that its N scale.
  6. Mountain Man

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    Verrrry nice! :thumb:

    In fact, I would rather have yours! :cool:
  7. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

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    Impressive! Your finishing and weathering is terrific!
  8. beamish

    beamish HO & Steam Engineer

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    Looks good

    That halftrack looks pretty good. My father has operated the diesel version of that Lynn Tractor/Truck just like that for many years at a museum in Maniotba. He will enjoy seeing these pics.
  9. willy4

    willy4 Member

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    Thanks guys for the coments. Next project is Lombard Rail Truck.
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    McGilliCutty New Member

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    So would it take a crew of three to operate that thing? 1 fireman, 1 to operate the running gear and one in the front to steer?
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    crew

    Typically, it had a four-man crew engineer, fireman, conducor and steerer.
    A bell rope was provided so the conductor, near the rear, could communicate
    with the front cab.
  12. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    Very nive model. what did you use for the tracks?
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    tracks

    Glen
    I used the tracks from a Backhoe kit made by Railway Express Miniatures kit #
    2161. The water tank is a 1/2" brass tube with furnace tape rolled around it with a pounce wheel on the back side to make rivets. The smoke stack and steam boiler is from an 0-6-0. The frame is 3/32 brass. All the rest are scatch built.

    Bill
  14. Jim Krause

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    Here's some additional info on the Lombard and other similar tractors. See the current issue (#42)of Timber Times magazine. There are several pages of photos.
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    willy4 Member

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    Timber Times

    Jim

    Where can you get Timber Times. I went to my hobby shop, they never heard of it. Do you have to subscribe to it.
    Thanks for the info.
    Bill
  16. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Timber Times, is apparently not a high volume sales item, and most hobby shops do not carry it. The one I worked at, until it went into bankruptcy, carried it, which is how I came to be aware of all the good stuff it had. It is a quarterly publication, and the rates depend on location, and choice of mailing, and range from $22.00 for domestic/standard mail, to $47.00 foriegn/air mail.
    You can subscribe. check out Timber Times, Inc.
    Their mailing address is:
    Timber Times
    P.O.Box 219
    Hillsboro, Or 97123

    Email: lokie@timnertimes.com
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    Jim Krause Active Member

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    Bill: I subscribe to Timber Times (a quarterly magazine) and also TallTimber Short Lines (also a quarterly). Some hardcore hobby shops here in the West carry both publications. Here's the address for TimberTimes. P.O. Box 219 Hillsboro, OR 97123. Hillsboro is a suburb of Portland. Both magazines cover the entire North American and occasional international logging history scene.
  18. roughneck

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    Lombard Builder

    Hello Bill
    I too I'm interested in the Lombard. I've hit a road block with my HO scale version. Need some help with the chain drive. How did you build the one on your model? To date I considered the drive from Jordan trucks and NWSL drive chain but have not been happy with either. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    David F
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    Lombard

    David

    Not sure if you mean the tracks (chain drive). At first I thought of using the tracks from a military tank, but found a Railway Express Miniatures kit and used the tracks from the kit. My tractor is in N scale so I am not familiar with HO kits. Modeltech Studies have a HO kit.
    Sorry if I can't help you.

    Bill
  20. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    thats a very sweet looking tractor! i might just have to build one for my logging layout!--josh