Sunday, May 27, 2018

Obsolete photographic equipment

Antique store on the Danforth

Dennell four, 1906

In the first decade of the 20th Century, Herbert Dennell built motorcycles utilizing inline threes and fours, sourced from JAP. For his frame construction, it appears he did not like to bend steel tubes.

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