Nathan-the Bartlett & Western, just a few miles from you in Central Texas, had a couple of these Fordsons. The line hauled cotton and cotton oil and originally had nice 4-6-0 locos but after some floods which weakened the trestles and bridges, the management decided to use the Fordsons and not rebuild the bridges. There's an old story that the "engineer" would set the throttle on "slow" and walk across the creeks while the "train" rumbled above-he was scared of the bad bridges and the train falling through! This info comes from Journal of Texas Short Lines & Transportation and has photos of all the locos and cars.
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Over on the Westlake "finescale" forums there's a guy who has built 1/16th scale models of a wide variety of Fordson-powered vehicles. His most recent build is a replica of a very cool looking NZ loco:
Here's a photo of the Fordson tractor conversion we have at the Murray Logging Museum in Mineral, WA. The "pole road" conversion kit was marketed by the Skagit Iron & Steel Works of Sedro-Wooley, WA. They also had a kit to allow the machine to run on standard steel rails. This unit was last used locally to clear out a valley prior to the construction of a dam. We also have the wheels and bearing hardware to create a pole road log car and will reconstruct that someday for display behind this tractor.
Nice one! I've also seen the other photo's in your gallery.
I noticed two things on this tractor. First the position of the spokes on the front axle is located exactly between the position of the spokes on the rear axle. Is that with a reason?
Ans I see a lot of holes on the wheel on the rear axle. Why is that?
The position of the spokes is purely incidental. Since there are no roller chains connecting the two axles together (you can see the sprockets by the front wheels), the wheels just wind up where ever they want to.
The holes in the rear wheels would have been for the attachment of some kind of material, or perhaps studs, to increase traction on the logs. My guess is there would have been heavy belting riveted to the wheels at one time.