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My ride on Steam Locomotive LVR 3237 “Lachlan”, 100 Years of Rail in NSW

 

Steam Locomotive LVR 3237 “Lachlan” – Steam Train Ride

Celebrating 100 Years of Rail in New South Wales

So today I took a ride on this 121 year old train from Taree to Killawarra, NSW — lots of fun, enjoy the video πŸ™‚

  • 4-6-0 Configuration
  • 105.5 Ton Locomotive & Tender
  • 9.65 Tons of Coal
  • 16,425 Litres (4,339 US Gal) of Water
  • 160psi Boiler Pressure
  • 2 Outside Cylinders

3237 “Lachlan” is one of the four surviving C32 class locomotives. 3237 was built in the United Kingdom by Beyer Peacock & Co in 1892 and came into service in Australia on the 26th of February, 1893. the Loco was originally numbered P 508 but became 3237 in the NSWGR 1924 renumbering scheme. The loco worked mainline runs around NSW, while its original use was as a passenger express locomotive, it was also used for light freight. For the last part of its working career 3237 was based at Dubbo’s locomotive depot, alongside 3102T now preserved in Canberra. 3237’s last duties were to work reclamation trains and as a yard shunter in Dubbo. The loco was withdrawn on 1 November 1971. Its last day in steam for the NSWGR was 3 November 1971, when it was sent light engine from Dubbo to Enfield for storage. In its 78 years of revenue service, from 26 February 1892 to 1 November 1971, 3237 “Lachlan” ran a total of 3,581,150 kilometres or 2,225,224 miles.

 

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

How I Came to Own a Ford Model T – My Story…

My car is a 1925 Ford Model T Open Tourer, built at Henry Ford’s Highland Park Plant, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It never strayed far from the factory, its previous home, Ann Arbor, Michigan, just 60km away. From new, it’s had just three owners, myself being the third.

 

I’ve had a passion for vintage and veteran cars ever since I was a little tacker, and I always had a dream that, some day, I might have one of my own.

 

It all started in 1994, at age 7, while living in Albany, WA, where the former Extravaganza motor museum; once home to one of the most famous veteran cars in history, a 1904 Darracq called “Genevieve” famous for its appearance in the 1953 movie Genevieve. From that point, I was hooked on old cars, and as a boy, built countless models from Lego.

 

Later in 2009, I was living in Burnie, Tasmania, and even though the “Wonders of Wynyard” motor museum was only a few kilometres away, ironically, I never went there! The museum is home to the equal oldest Ford vehicle in the world – a 1903 Ford Model A.

 

So I wanted to own a vintage car, and I thought what better car to own than one of the most significant cars in history; the Ford Model T. It was the world’s first car to be mass produced on an assembly line. The Model T has the second highest production number of any car in history, with just over 15 million of them built in its 19 year production run, between 1908 and 1927. It’s only been surpassed by the Volkswagen Beetle, with 21 million produced.

 

My family and I moved to NSW in 2010. In January of 2011, I decided I wanted to buy a Model T. I scoured the Internet, hoping I might be able to buy one in Australia, but none were within my budget, the lowest priced car I found, was $45,000 – that was never going to happen! So I resorted to looking in America, and finally found the car, that would ultimately become my own.

 

I imported the car, with the help of my father. He imports all kinds of products from overseas, so I have to thank him for his assistance in importing my car. It took 8 months, almost $6,000 in freight charges and import fees, and much anticipation, from when I expressed an interest in the car, to when it actually arrived on Australian soil.

 

Almost every part on the car is original, with the exception of the seat upholstery, and of course, the tyres. Even the 88 year-old, 20 horsepower engine is original and still running as smoothly as ever.

The car underwent a partial restoration in 1966, and was garaged ever since. I had the roof restored in Taree by a very skilled upholsterer, Graham from Taree Upholsterers. A local tyre fitter, whom to my surprise had antique equipment in the workshop, was able to replace the perished inner-tube on the spare wheel. I’ve replaced the 4 coil boxes, so now the engine runs as it should.

 

There’s obviously no formal training available these days to teach anyone how to drive such a historic museum piece, so I learned via videos on YouTube, uploaded by fellow Model T enthusiasts.

 

The controls of the Model T are nothing like a modern car. There are three pedals on the floor – none of which are the accelerator! There’s the clutch, the reverse pedal, and the brake. The handbrake lever not only operates the parking brake, it doubles up as the gear lever – which is very amusing to modern mechanics when you try and explain it to them! The Model T has just 2 forward gears, plus reverse; and has a top speed of about 70km/h (45mph). I’ve been clocked at 60km/h, but mostly only drive around 40-50km/h.

 

By the time the car arrived, I felt confident I would be able to drive her, after I got the car started for the first time, my Tin Lizzie performed almost perfectly, although the fuel was running extremely rich at first, which caused her to blow lots of smoke! With some assistance from a fellow Model T owner and friend from Sydney, I soon had the engine running to original spec.

 

Since the car arrived in August last year, I’ve had to do little maintenance. The Model T was heralded as one of the most reliable cars in history. However, for safety reasons, I’ve added a set of auxiliary brakes. The reason for this, the original brakes are not attached to the wheels, as with a modern car – they are attached to the transmission, and have cotton linings. While I had every faith in the T’s ability to stop, it wouldn’t hurt to have an extra insurance policy!

 

 

 

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

Henry Ford – The Father of Ford Motor Company and the Model T

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 — April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism”: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation but arranged for his family to control the company permanently.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

My 1925 Ford Model T at Old Bar Beach Festival (2012)

I imported my 1925 Ford Model T from the USA, not far from Detroit, Michigan where it was built.

The Model T was manufactured between 1908 and 1927, and was know by various names including Tin Lizzie, Flivver, T‑Model Ford, or just ‘T’.

The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile became popular. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford’s innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.

On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.

This video is of one of the events I have attended, the Old Bar Beach Festival, at Old Bar, NSW. September 29th, 2012.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

FordModelT.net — Now available in 66 Languages!

What a marvelous resource Google is! 

I have just implemented the language translator service on the website, so no matter where you live in the World, you can now comfortably read the content on FordModelT.net in your native language.

All you have to do is click the “Select Language” drop down list at the top of the site, next to the Language icon , then choose your native language!

Any problems, please let me know, although I cannot help you with mis-translations — thats Google’s department!

Until next time, Ciao!

Mitch.

 

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

Ford Model T – Cold Starting, Engine Running & Maintenance

Hi again Bloggers!

In this video, we take a look at starting the Model T engine from cold, see and hear the engine running, and a brief look at maintenance. 

Video Index:

1:16 Cold starting procedure

5:42 Engine facts, figures & specifications

8:08 See and hear engine running.

9:51 Basic maintenance tips

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net