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  • Trainload of Studebakers!

    Here is a cool shot from Spokane, Wa. museum of Art and Culture (railroad is Northern Pacific):

  • #2
    Very interesting pic.
    Wonder where they were headed, where they took the delivery car hauler/trailer too????
    Jeff
    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

    Jeff


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



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    • #3
      interesting! I first saw this picture yesterday but, I use a small laptop and did not notice much detail. This morning, I took another look and zoomed in. Notice that there is a large crowd on the other side of the rail.

      Also, look at the ramps leading from the top row of cars to the truck on the next rail-car. To me, it looks like the cars are about to be unloaded by driving them across the ramps and down beyond the truck. I wish there were another picture showing more of the truck ramp to the right. The big truck is also interesting in its configuration. It seems to have a rather long wheelbase for a transporter. I wonder if it was designed for the sole purpose as serving in a rail yard as a portable ramp for unloading triple-decker rail cars?
      John Clary
      Greer, SC

      SDC member since 1975

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      • #4
        That was a full sized 'portable parking lot' tractor trailer rig from the day...
        Note the 'low mount' 5th wheel that hooked to the trailer (out of the picture).
        You may well be right that the tractor was driven up there to use as a ramp to unload the top (and middle) deck.
        Enterprising folks, they were!
        Jeff

        Originally posted by jclary View Post
        <snip>
        Also, look at the ramps leading from the top row of cars to the truck on the next rail-car. To me, it looks like the cars are about to be unloaded by driving them across the ramps and down beyond the truck. I wish there were another picture showing more of the truck ramp to the right. The big truck is also interesting in its configuration. It seems to have a rather long wheelbase for a transporter. I wonder if it was designed for the sole purpose as serving in a rail yard as a portable ramp for unloading triple-decker rail cars?
        HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

        Jeff


        Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



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        • #5
          that looks like my car on the top.2nd from the front. looks to be a 59-60 lark............................aah..........................the days I don't remember lol.....................( I was born in 70 lol)................................................

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          • #6
            I've done a few risky things in moderately high places but they can find a "braver" person than me to drive those cars across over the top of the truck cab!

            I think these are '61's as they mostly seem to have quad headlights. Also, there is a hawk as the front car on the bottom row, and its not a GT grill.

            Jeff in ND

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            • #7
              My first impulse is to model that in my train-set's yard. But nobody would believe it.
              Talk about some "kit-bashing"!

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              • #8
                That is an interesting picture, Bruce; thanks.

                That truck certainly does look like a specialty unit; the swayback-looking frame, etc. 'Must have been built for the sole purpose of what it is doing in the photo. BP
                We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                Ayn Rand:
                "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                • #9
                  Note that the truck is a 56 Ford. Probably an F-700 or F-800.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by radiotech View Post
                    Note that the truck is a 56 Ford. Probably an F-700 or F-800.
                    I was thinking International.
                    John Clary
                    Greer, SC

                    SDC member since 1975

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                    • #11
                      It looks like a load of Larks headed to upstate NY for Bob A. <G>.
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                      • #12
                        "56 Ford for sure.
                        Dwight 54 Commander hardtop

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                        • #13
                          What a cool picture. I would love to have some details on what is going on. And yes, it would have to be a daring driver to unload that top level of cars over that truck!
                          Joe Roberts
                          '61 R1 Champ
                          '65 Cruiser
                          Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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