Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sidecar Sunday

Classic Motor Cycle Jan 1986

Saturday, May 26, 2018

St Clair Tunnel electric locomotive

Library and Archives Canada Photo
Having found a picture of the St Clair Tunnel steam locomotive, I started wondering about the replacement 3 axle electric locomotives introduced in 1907. Predictably, it's well covered by many already, this is electric engine No. 1307, at Sarnia, Ontario, year unknown. 
                                 More here.

The Busy Bee


I found an article on this little homebuilt three wheeler in the December 1986 issue of The Classic Motor Cycle, it had apparently also appeared in the December 11 1947 issue of Motor Cycling when it was already 27 years old. 
The builder, a Mr. J.A Mills of Mansfield, England, built it immediately after WW1 when new vehicles were difficult to buy. The frame is steel tube, brazed together, the body is plywood built in three parts, lower "hull" with hood and upper tail added and bolted to the frame. The motorcycle based powertrain features a side valve AJS V twin which by 1947 had travelled an estimated 10,000 miles. A quick Google shows it's still around as of 2013, nearing 100 years of age.

Friday, May 25, 2018

St. Clair river tunnel locomotive

Jim Lotz and Keith Mackenzie, Railways of Canada, Bison Books, 1988
Four of these 0-10-0 camelback locomotives, reportedly the largest of their time, were put in service in the St Clair tunnel soon after it opened in 1890. Six trains an hour, consisting of about 30 cars each, moved through the 6000 foot tunnel at three mph.
 A number of asphyxiations led to the replacement of steam with electric locomotives in 1908, an early use of Westinghouse's AC current system. 

BSA Twin cutaway drawing

BSA A7  twin by artist Tony Lofthouse, info here

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wellington rear gun turret

Two gun rear turret

Frazer Nash 4 gun turret.

 Two air gunners sorting and loading ammunition belts.

Inside view.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Auto Glider Scooter

The Auto Glider was part of the post WW1 scooter boom in England. Their initial offering in 1919 was a stand-up model (Model A) and despite their assurances that standing was a better way, they soon offered the sit down Model D Deluxe shown below.  In both variations, no starter was provided, the rider paddled the vehicle along manipulating a decompressor lever in order to start it.
 Aside from the awkward engine and drive arrangement on the front wheel, the Model D styling was a big improvement. Despite that, the company was out of business by 1921.
The Classic Motor Cycle Dec 1986

Monday, May 21, 2018

Vincent Norton Special

From another blog, no source given
Beautiful, would that be a Com-ton (Comet Norton)?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

We used to make things in this country; #291 Marine engines, Schofield Holden Machine


Another disappeared Toronto company with little information online, the above ad is from 1909, indicating that they make marine engines, the ad below from 5 years later from a 1914 Popular Mechanics lists the company as an agent for Scripps marine engines. I've never heard of a Schofield Holden engine, I wonder if any exist.
In other news, the only other thing I could find was a record of a court case of the company vs the City of Toronto in 1913. This was about the time of the Ashbridges Bay redevelopment and was about water access for their boatbuilding business and the poor water quality near the new sewage treatment plant.