Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bugatti Railcar Brochure

In the early thirties the luxury and sports cars Bugatti made weren't selling due to the depression. Ettore Bugatti turned his attentions to a light railcar concept powered by a development of the Type 41 Royale engine used in multiples- either 2 or 4 engines depending in the model. The prototype was first operated in 1933 and soon led to more units put into service. Although they worked well, they were not economical to run and the last car was retired in 1958.
This publicity leaflet for Ettore Bugatti's Light Railway Car was shown at the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris. 

Thanks Rolf!

Below is a view of the railcar factory floor.
More here...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Wellington damage

Not a good picture by any means but a good illustration of the strength of the geodesic structure in the Vickers Wellington.

We used to make things in this country #304 Wm.M lathe

This older lathe was for sale at a local swapmeet a few weeks ago. The seller was convinced the maker was WM. M with plants in Preston and Galt (now combined into the city of Cambridge, Ontario) as is cast into the headstock.  Searching a bit online I can find the Preston Woodworking company, and a Preston Machinery ad- selling an 18" lathe by Stevens, JJ Stevens was another maker of machine tools based in Galt, in business from about 1910 till at least the end of WW2. Info from   I can find nothing on an company named WM.M. or alternately, WM.M. Preston.

Monday, May 20, 2019

French Canadian TR6

 Seen in Quebec City

Potato harvester, New Brunswick

Picking up one row at a time, towed behind a tractor and the steel rod "shaker belt" driven by PTO, it must date to the fifties? I can't find a makers ID tag on it but it looks just a little too "finished" to be home made. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Bonney Tools 1942

MAG engine

thanks, Rolf!

 MAG (Motosacoche Acacias Genève) was the proprietary-engine division of Motosache. Much like the English company JAP, they supplied engines to many manufacturers in the period between the wars. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

First European heavier-than-air flight

First European flight would probably make it the second successful aircraft in the world. 
Alberto Santos-Dumont was a Brazilian living in Paris at the turn of the last century.  He was active in the new craze of flying machines, experimenting with both lighter-than-air and heavier-than-air craft. The craft shown is his 14-bis which on Oct 23 1906 made a flight of 200 feet at an altitude of 15 feet, this was considered to be the first flight in Europe. The craft had its wings mounted at the rear so it resembled a goose, the front is to the left in the picture above. 
Some contend that the 14-bis was the first true airplane due to its wheeled landing gear, but by 1905 the Wrights had been flying for two years and had flown a circular course of 24 miles in under 40 minutes, clearly ahead of the 14-bis flight. 

Junior Hot Rods

thanks, Rolf!
Kiddie rides on the midway, Early sixties I'm guessing?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Cubs on skis

I can't find evidence that this idea went anywhere

RC aircraft engine cutaway

 It seems that there is a cutaway model of almost anything built. I can't make out the name on either propeller or the engine, the casting on the side of the crankcase seems to be FA-B which might be a Saito engine designation?

thanks, Rolf!

Kieft racing cars

Welshman Cyril Kieft built a number of Formula 3 race cars after WW2. Powered by a DOHC Norton engine, these cars were reasonably successful so the company decided to build a road going sports car with a larger capacity engine. It was quite innovative, using the all-aluminum OHC 1100 Coventry Climax engine, possibly the first racing use of that former fire pump engine. The car also was the first with a one-piece fibreglass body. At 1000 lbs and 72 horsepower the car was a lively performer. 
The car was released in 1954, but the company was sold the same year and not many were built. The picture above is not flattering to what was an attractive sports car. More photos and history here.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wounded Zephyr, Sept 1938

While in service in September 1938, the 2 year old streamlined Zephyr suffered a water pump failure on one diesel engine, stranding the train. The 32 year old Pacific #2804 was dispatched to rescue the flashy new train and bring it in off the line to Denver.

Monday, May 13, 2019

1974 Montesa Cota 123

A nice enough little bike, but not enough engine... 
I find the 2.50 x 20 inch front tire impossible to find these days- there isn't quite enough clearance for a 21 inch rim- and the fibreglass tank fairs even less well with modern fuels than the Bultaco items.

CPR ready-made farms 1909-1914

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Briegel Method Tools

These rather specific looking tools were found at a local used tool store. I found the Briegel Method name interesting and a little Googling revealed these are tools made by the company as part of their system of attaching fittings to electrical conduit.
 Here is a link to a rather entertaining history of the company, located in Galva, Illinois from 1936 until 1976. The company was sold to the All-Steel Equipment Co. and the operations moved to South Bend, Indiana.

Songs to stifle the flames of discontent...

This should have been the May 1st post!

Sidecar Sunday

Public service announcement, (Not my event)

"Please join us for the 1st and hopefully Annual Motorcycle Poker Run, Saturday June 15th to benefit the Gananoque & District Humane Society. Registration opens at 11:00 am at the shelter located at 85 County Rd 32, kickstands up at noon! Cost is ONLY $20, and includes Prizes and BBQ!! All funds go to the Gananoque & District Humane Society, the only all volunteer run, no kill shelter in Ontario!!"

Rose Motorcycle patent

 In December of 1903 Amelia Rose of Northallerton, York, England patented a system of pulleys and belts or gearwheels and chains for the purposes of providing variable speeds for the Rose motorcycle but leaving room in the patent for use in what is illustrated as a light car. I think it might have all come to naught as I cannot find anything online concerning a Rose motorcycle or vehicle of any kind.