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Oliver Wallace Smith was born in Motu in 1907 and left school aged 12 to work at a variety of rural jobs. It was while working as a truck driver for the road cartage firm of Goodsons at Rotorua that he first made contact with the Mamaku sawmills. Seeing potential, Olly bought his own truck and began carting timber from Gamman's sawmill at mamaku to Waikato destinations. At that time a 30-mile (50 km) limit applied to the distance a road transport operator could carry goods in competition with NZ Railways. In collusion with Gammon's manager, Alex Simmonds, Olly got around this restriction by painting Gamman's name on his truck and so began a very profitable venture. However with the outbreak of war, restrictions on motor vehicle operations were increased by the introduction of petrol rationing, and in September 1939, Olly fund himself with his 1937 Chevy truck and nowhere to go.

About that time, Gamman's ex-NZR 'D' lokey broke down. It took the men out to the bush in a van, and Olly persuaded Alex that instead of repairing the lokey, the Chevy should become a Jigger. As converted it carried 22 men in the back and two in the cab. He also used the jigger when Gamman's big Price Ar lokey broke down, his jigger being able to pull two sets of logs from the bush.

The steam locomotive continued to give trouble so Olly constructed his first rail tractor. Using an old Chev truck, it was relatively crude with a bogie in front and railway wheels fitted to the rear axle, called 4-A configuration. Logs rested on a bolster over the driving axle, improving adhesion. Later another rail tractor was built with a lead bogie and two driven rear wheels to improve the adhesion and wheel bearing problems.

This formed the basis of his designs from there on with some tractors being built to the 4-C combination where there were six driving wheels at the rear.

In all, from 1939 to 1954, Olly Smith built 19 tractors, including tankers and crane trucks, and rebuilt six of these into more powerful units.

By the 1960s, the milling operations at Mamaku were all but over and most of Olly's handiwork was lying under blackberry bushes. Gamman's closed in 1964, while the NZR tram remained in service until closing in 1974.

Olly Smith died in 1993. One of his creations is on display by the roadside at Mamaku while a few others reside, in various states, at odd museums.






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Now that one wins the ODD prize!

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Very nice lettering for a backwoods vehicle.



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Another one where watching the wheels go round is a large part of the appeal.



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I'll be durned!!

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Plaster City  c.1947





This rather neat 'stretch-limo' double-ender has of course been up before.

But hey ... Here she is again ! :P


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The title of the above should be "PLASTERED CITY Circa 1947"
......hic......

OK Si, how about building a model of this "thing"...
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Howdy Woodie :cb:


Well, since you asked !

I was gonna keep the new M.M.M. 'TOP SECRET' research-project HUSH HUSH for a bit longer.

But it looks like the cat could be outta the bag ! :shocked:


I do have enough projects already ... But hey, this is long term back-woods/mines development !! :P


The stretch-limo job is toootaly coool ... but a bit long for a potential shelf layout ! :f:

Olly Smiths N.Z. Chevy lash-up however could be a winner !!

You think I've been investigating 'chain-drive' cos I got nuttin' better to do ? ;)


I have in fact been looking at possible donor-cars/trucks for an Olly Smith lash-up, for about a year now !

I really have looked at almost EVERYTHING that could be practical & possible for a funky-forestry/mining double-ender.

In the end, I came up with this ...



I looked at all kinds of older style cars, basically with running-boards.

Some nice possibilities.

I thought about a Ford-AA job, OK but not quite right for me.

I was after the late '30s kinda 'streamlined' new car look of that time & after.

The best I could find, is the car above ^^ .


I actually have the Olly Smith Chevy truck ( more or less ) as a Tamiya 1:35 kit.

Problem is, it was used by the S.A.S in the WWII desert, & doesn't have any roof or doors. :f:


I stuck my neck ( & wallet ! ) out last week...

...found a good deal for the Black Car ^^ on eBay ... and POUNCED !! :cool:


The bodywork is on the ol' cutting-mat as we speak !

+ I get yet another 1:35 engine to mess with as well.

Or TWO engines in fact, cos I'm gonna need TWO Black Cars !! :cool: :cool:


I like it ! ... I might just buy a 2nd one this week !! :bg:


:moose:


Si.


I may have to try an 8-wheeled version.

The 12-wheeler does work out to be a bit kinda longish ! ? :f:

Mmm... ??? :!: L:


Looking at Olly Smiths 1+1 'glue ( weld ? ) job' at the top of the Page ^^...

...he's done a damn fine job of stickin' 'em together !

I can't see the join !! :us:




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Another fairly oDd double-ended railcar . .





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oztrainz wrote: pipopak wrote: Woodie: pole railroads are ideally suited for RC... and the trackwork does not need to be totally perfect. Between this and the Maumee RR... Decisions. decisions.
Jose. 

Stay tuned - photos just  might magically appear here after Easter.... (now where's that "I've got a secret" emoticon??)

Hi all,
Now it can be revealed, as it was at the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention over the Easter weekend
P1240987a by oztrainz, on Flickr

A DAY'S tractor running on wooden rails - battery-powered and radio-controlled.

For information about the prototype (Yes there was at least one of them) check out http://www.alexandratramway.org.au/locomotives_non_steam/days_ex_ruoak.htm



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