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 Posted: Sat Mar 17th, 2012 11:08 pm
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Nortonville Phil
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I took these photos at Reader Arkansas about 12 years ago. Can anybody identify this interesting railcar/truck/van ?

Thanks, Phil Randall








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 Posted: Sun Mar 18th, 2012 12:54 am
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Phil-that is dee light full!! I have been to the Reader (many years back) and didn't see this one, I guess it was hidden in the woods. What a wonderful model it would make and your photos show most everything needed to build it. When I saw this one, I got into a wheezing fit but am better now!
BTW-if anyone is interested in a movie featuring the Reader RR, look for "Boxcar Bertha" with one of the Caradine boys and an actress who is not currently in vogue. The flick is a woeful waste of time except for the railroad scenes and guess what, the loco (a 2-8-0)is lettered for the Reader as is the caboose. Quite a few shots are in the movie, but as I stated, it is a lousy film...much like today's crop of cra....well...

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 Posted: Sat Apr 7th, 2012 11:04 pm
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It looks like you found one of the few surviving Evens AutoRailers

see...

http://www.wodfriends.org/autorailers.html.

Thank you for the pictures, I hope to put together some of these. Someday.

Mike Bauers

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 Posted: Sun May 6th, 2012 07:12 pm
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Well I looked at this and thought it was an auto-railer too, but came across a photo in a book that shows this very car.

It's a home built copy of Kalamazoo "Railcarbus" Made by the Fernwood, Columbia and Gulf and was their no M-4.

It says it was bought for preservation by railroad author Louis Sailard .

Tom

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 Posted: Sun May 6th, 2012 08:13 pm
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Here's a good link to the Autorailers.
http://www.wodfriends.org/autorailers.html

Note the yellow Alaska school bus.

And this forum has 5 pages of links to other Autorailer stuff http://hankstruckforum.com/htforum/index.php?topic=57125.0

Really got my interest with this original photo here.

And I just found this info on the M-4

"The Southern Forest Heritage Museum has completed the initial phase of its restoration of Fernwood Columbia and Gulf railcar #M-4. The M-4 was originally built in the Fernwood shops as a copy of Kalamazoo built M-3 in 1937. The car was built on a 1936 Ford Truck chassis and provided passenger service on the FC&G until 1955. Long time owner Louis Saillard donated the car to the museum several years ago, but it was not until last May that the car was moved from storage in Reader AR to Longleaf for restoration." November 2009




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 Posted: Sun May 6th, 2012 08:30 pm
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Thanks for the Autorailers link even though the M4 was a different item. I loved the Life magazine truck freight consist. What a cool model this would make. The steeple cab unit had some nice qualities as well.

The Science Newsletter along side one of the nice photos talks about how the giant toads..............wonder if this might be the solution to the grackle problem some of you are having.

Duncan--ps I grew up with a '41 Ford Woodie, but it was a tad lower to the ground than the Evans version.

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Looks like a motorhome on rails!



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