Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Model T With a Built-in Turntable

The two-foot gauge Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, Maine has one of the most unique rail cars anyplace.  The front end, including the engine, is Model T Ford.  The remainder is homemade to resemble other railcars.

So here you are riding down the 2-foot wide tracks on a beautiful summer day in the Maine woods about 50 miles northeast of Portland.

What do you do when you get to the end of the line?  From the middle of the car you crank down the turntable as this young lady is doing.

When you have the wheels off the tracks ...

... you rotate the car.  Note the turntable.

And you head back to the station.

And when you get back, you turn it on its turntable for the next trip.

Here are a couple more pictures.  In the first the Museum's steam engine is passing.  In the second you can see the raised turntable.

File this under fun with big boy toys.

For more on the steam engine please see my blog posting on my favorite Maine 2-foot steam engines.

1 comment:

  1. With all the train photos and great stories you've come across, I expect you will never run out of blog material. Keep on writing!