Early Traction Engine in Nevada.

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Early Traction Engine in Nevada.

Postby Nevadablue » Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:51 pm

This picture was taken a few hundred feet north of my house about 100 years ago. Thought you might enjoy it. Looks like the perfect prototype. This is how freight got here before larger trucks came into use.

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Postby RoGNer » Sun Nov 02, 2014 4:29 pm

Wonderful picture Ken - thanks for sharing it

Always great to have a picture of something local from the past

Any news on the mine you were working on restoring?

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Postby chris stockdale » Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:29 pm

Hi Ken, chaps,

A touch of guidance if I may...

I've taken this thread out of Prototype Prattles and dropped it into Blether 'cos

- PP is really for minimum related matters, hence it being grouped witin the Gn15 section

- with no actual railway content I reckoned it wouldn't really fit in gNot Minimum Gauge either, which is where non minimum prototype stuff should really go

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Postby Nevadablue » Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:48 pm

Sorry Chris. Thanks for the help. I couldn't figure out where to post it. I thought others might want to see and maybe model it.

For reference it turns out to be a Best Tractor, gasoline engine crawler.

This picture was taken on the same day.

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Roger, not much progress on the mine. The portal has been reinforced with a six foot diameter steel culvert section. I should get a picture of it before it is hidden behind the rest of the square sets. There IS a huge pile of timbers waiting to be installed. Then we lay rails. That will be fun. I have a keg of brand new spikes for mine rail. Cute little things.
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Postby NotHarryPotter » Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:32 pm

Hi NevadaBlue,

it looks like a Holt Caterpillar tractor. Eventually the company became known as Caterpillar, and are still with us today.

They were used in the mining, lumber and road-building industries. in WW1 they were used to tow artillery pieces,

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Postby Nevadablue » Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:39 pm

It looks even more like a Blewett Tractor. But it is a Best according to what it says on it. Holt and Best were involved in lawsuits and Mr. Blewett worked for Holt and started his own company in Oregon. What a tangled web! The tractor in the pictures looks exactly like the Blewetts.
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Postby Simon Andrews » Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:57 am

Would make a nice cameo on a layout.

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Postby Trevor Coburn » Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:26 pm

If I am recalling correctly there was an article on the Best / Holt crawler tractors in Harry Bunk (?) series "Up Cear Creek on the Narrow Gauge" in the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette back in the late '80's. There may even have been a kit mentioned?

But it has given me an idea for one of my dioramas!

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Postby Larry » Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:24 pm

Nevadablue wrote:It looks even more like a Blewett Tractor. But it is a Best according to what it says on it. Holt and Best were involved in lawsuits and Mr. Blewett worked for Holt and started his own company in Oregon. What a tangled web! The tractor in the pictures looks exactly like the Blewetts.


Here is a short piece on Holt and Blewett from 1912.

http://nwtractororphans.wordpress.com/c ... -tractors/

It seems the Holts and Blewett were in buisness together at the same time Blewett had his own company making the same products. No wonder there were lawsuits!

And he seems more connected with Tacoma and Spokane , Washington than with Oregon.

Now to hunt down a picture of a side hill combined harvester, whatever that is...

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Postby Thorness » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:18 pm

Larry wrote:
Now to hunt down a picture of a side hill combined harvester, whatever that is...



I guess an older version of this:
http://s37.photobucket.com/user/98J/med ... 3.jpg.html
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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:27 pm

Thanks for the link Larry! Very interesting. Nothing said of the tractors however. The Blewett tractor looks to be a direct copy of the Best in my pics. I wonder... 8)
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Postby NotHarryPotter » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:05 pm

Hi folks,
if anyone needs to look up the Harry Brunk articles in NGSL Gazette, here is the link to the Index on the Wiseman Model Services site:

http://www.wisemanmodelservices.com/gazette/

Once you enter the site, aand choose your search type, Ctrl-F will bring up a search box. Type your keyword and you are away!
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Postby Larry » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:29 pm

Thorness wrote:
Larry wrote:
Now to hunt down a picture of a side hill combined harvester, whatever that is...



I guess an older version of this:
http://s37.photobucket.com/user/98J/med ... 3.jpg.html


Well, a lot older. Here is a link from an add in a Spokane newspaper from 1913. ( lower right corner of page)

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1 ... 67,1166150


Requires 12-16 horses and three men to operate. Harvests 20 -25 acres per day.

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Postby Larry » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:47 pm

Nevadablue wrote:Thanks for the link Larry! Very interesting. Nothing said of the tractors however. The Blewett tractor looks to be a direct copy of the Best in my pics. I wonder... 8)


Here is a picture of a Blewett 'webfoot' model displayed at Tacoma's Union Station in 1920, from the Tacoma library collection.

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And this half -track Bates tractor apparently used some of Blewett's patents, and was a short wheelbase model of a Blewett model.


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Postby Thorness » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:53 pm

Larry,
Most impressive!
Some of the other adverts and articles are fascinating as well. Miss Rambo the Georgia society girl being bitten by a rabid terrier, Sunny Brook the pure food whiskey and all the patent medicines - amazing stuff.

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