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Old 01-31-2019, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default Another nice old pic....

Floating around on FB . . . . .
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:02 PM   #2
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A chain drive Model A. Who knew?
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This is a railroad "Draisine". In the war or in India?
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:08 PM   #6
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Does the car swivel to reverse direction?


Looks like there is something between the wood frame of the rail car and the wood frame of the A, towards the middle of the car


Looks like both A rear wheels have chains going to the gears on the rail car wheels. Also the other wheel shown without chain also has a geared wheel.


Remove chains, swivel the car around, chains back on, go the other way.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:12 PM   #7
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Does the car swivel to reverse direction?


Looks like there is something between the wood frame of the rail car and the wood frame of the A, towards the middle of the car


Looks like both A rear wheels have chains going to the gears on the rail car wheels. Also the other wheel shown without chain also has a geared wheel.


Remove chains, swivel the car around, chains back on, go the other way.
I noticed that the pivot for changing direction is positioned so that the weight of the engine keeps tension on the chain.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:24 PM   #8
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You got 200 tons of steam engine barreling down on you. You drop the chains, spin her around and get the hell out of there
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Reminiscent of a pix over at "Old Motor."

Opinions varied but this appears to be a "self powered" float to move this car (possibly a Chevrolet) using onboard power and direction. The "depressions" in the drive-on wheel channels suggest it - as well as the "propulsion wake."

Some have opined that the boat ahead is towing the float/car - but no tow-rope is evident.


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The first photo may be Howard T Powers demonstrating his “Automobile Boat” near Corpus Christi, for which he and fellow Corpus Christ inventor Walter C Lewis received patent 1804262 on May 5, 1931. Apparently depression conditions sank any chance of commercial development for Powers.
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Couple of outrigger pontoons would be nice. Does not look like it would take much for it to flip 180 degrees for submarine use.
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Bet that was rough on th clutch
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Looks like the "Train Car" was a slow moving affair. The speed reduction in the chain drive looks like somewhere between 3:1 - 4:1 . However, anything over 25 mph looks like it might be a bad idea. No brakes either.
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Looks like the "Train Car" was a slow moving affair. The speed reduction in the chain drive looks like somewhere between 3:1 - 4:1 . However, anything over 25 mph looks like it might be a bad idea. No brakes either.
I think the rear brakes on the car would slow the trolly.
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