Sunday, November 19, 2017

FCD Railbus

Geoffrey H Doughty, The New Haven Railroad's Streamline Passenger Fleet 1934-1953, TLC Publishing, 2000
A postwar experiment in light rail transit, These bus-like diesel powered railcars were to act as feeders on light traffic lines of the New Haven Railroad. Ordered in 1950, the first ones started service in 1952. Although the tow test vehicles were effective in service, a change in policy took them out of service soon after being introduced and in the 1956 photo above, shows them in storage, unused.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mad Scientist Arcade Game



Photographed at Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

This place is worth a trip!  And that's no Bullcrap!

Laws of the Public Road, 1906

J.L. Nichols,  A.M.  The Business Guide; ...or...Safe Methods of Business.  
Standard Edition.  Naperville, Illinois:  J.L. Nichols & Company, 1906.  First copyright 1886.

Sensenich

Still around today, history here

Friday, November 17, 2017

Woolf Barnato in his Bentley, Le Mans, 1929

Brad King.  All Color Book of Racing Cars.  Octopus Books, 1973.

Woolf Barnato, one of the wealthy "Bentley Boys", drives a Bentley Speed Six to victory at the 1929 Le Mans.

U-Boat in cross-section


Dodge A100 pickup truck



Thanks, Fred!
Nice fall setting...

Kanners razor blade stropper/sharpener

Instructions 
Hold Dubeledge in your left hand. Unscrew blade holder, put the blade on the prongs and screw back into place. Press blade holder LIGHTLY rollers but firmly downward with your thumb till the blade lies flat on the rolls. Turn handle several times, then release pressure until blade holder springs back and automatically reverses itself. Repeat same operation about 10 times giving three revolutions to each side of the blade.
"Lather well and you will shave well"

It's quite a complicated tool to perform a simple task on what is today a very cheap blade, it really does emphasize the "reuse" factor of days gone by. 
Looking at the machine, I can figure out how it works generally though the mechanism details I'm not certain of. It appears to have a Valet self strop razor blade in place and I'm not sure if the machine will work on any razor blade or if it requires specific design blades. Last thing I wonder is how many razor blades could you buy for the price of this unit?




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vanished Tools: Chicago Rawhide Split-Head Hammer




I recently picked up this split-head rawhide hammer for a few bucks.  It's cool that the initials for the company are even stamped onto the handle.  I surmise that the shape around the C/R logo on the head and handle is supposed to represent a stretched hide.

The tool needed new 1-1/2" rawhide faces, which are cheaply available through McMaster-Carr.

Founded in 1878, Chicago Rawhide continues to make seals (but not hammers) as part of the SKF empire, which acquired them in 1990.

The Bell is a Good Place to Work


When jobs in Canada were like low-hanging fruit.