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Trucking History => The Nostalgia Corner => Topic started by: Jerry Austin on November 13, 2011, 09:14:39 AM

Title: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 13, 2011, 09:14:39 AM
Yes.....

This DOES appear to be a page on "rail buses; BUT........if you'll just scroll down the page a bit, you'll see WHY I HAD to share this!! :D :D

WHAT A MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o :o :o

Jerry

BTW:

George......

BE SURE to check out the "Alaskan school bus"!! ;) ;) :) :)

http://www.wodfriends.org/autorailers.html
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 13, 2011, 11:09:33 AM
Several historic photos on this page will also be of interest...... ;) :)

http://www.oocities.org/trackworker.geo/evanstext1.htm
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 13, 2011, 03:36:40 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o :o :o :o

I REPEAT: "WOW!!!!" :o :o :o :o

CANNOT BELIEVE I just came across ULTRA-RARE shot by accident!!!!! :o :o :o

(hint: it relates to image shown on page linked in my original post!!) ;) ;) :) :)

ENJOY!! :) :)

Jerry

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/esM36-6.jpg
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:10:08 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o :o :o :o

I REPEAT: "WOW!!!!" :o :o :o :o

CANNOT BELIEVE I just came across ULTRA-RARE shot by accident!!!!! :o :o :o

(hint: it relates to image shown on page linked in my original post!!) ;) ;) :) :)

ENJOY!! :) :)

Jerry

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/esM36-6.jpg


BEYOND AWESOME!!!!! GOT TO PUT THIS ONE UP!!! WOW ------ AND BETTER YET, THIS IS A TWO / FOR!!!!! LOOK AT THAT AUTOCAR IN THE BACKGROUND


(http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/esM36-6.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:15:39 PM
Dang it Jerry, now you sparked my interest too -- Here is a late 30's period ad for the EVANS AutoRailer bus.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qPN8Cr7AjGc/Tg3SSP52ipI/AAAAAAAAA7s/LeLMFcdx5g0/s1600/Evans+Auto-Railers.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:19:15 PM
More can be found here --- Note the other pictures of EVANS AutoRailers!!!
 http://www.monon.monon.org/rr/cas.html  (http://www.monon.monon.org/rr/cas.html)

Like this --

(http://www.monon.monon.org/cas/RAFm1057CASDonalson-0001.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:22:53 PM
(http://www.wodfriends.org/icons/auto-railer.jpg)


An Evans autorailer passenger bus, used by the W&OD RR to maintain the lines, awaits its pilot. Judging from the Advertisement for Chevrolet in the background, this picture was taken in 1941.
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:29:28 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4625808220_a52a705542_o.jpg)

NPRR Evans Auto Railer
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:42:05 PM
Not done yet --- wish the quality on this were better!!!

Click on photo for larger view ---

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6039/6348394551_048f0623c2_o.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 13, 2011, 04:45:08 PM
Check out this cool-lookin' "truss" (or "bruck"?) from waaaaaay down Texas way........

http://www.davesrailpix.com/odds/tx//htm/hns02.htm
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 13, 2011, 04:48:46 PM
Back in the 60's and 70's, the "road-railer" concept was even tried on GM "Fishbowl" transit buses!

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?10980

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show/?10981

http://www.davesrailpix.com/pw/htm/pw126.htm
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:54:15 PM
Another shot of the Evans BusRailer -- The contraption on top was used in line maintenance.

(http://library.arlingtonva.us/departments/Libraries/history/images/WODMaintCar_lrg.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:55:53 PM
From Alaska the Chitina Auto Railer School Bus -- While not an EVANS, a prototype to the concept.

  (http://www.alaskarails.org/potw-archive/2006/BE-op-2.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:58:25 PM
Maybe getting to the end of the line --- another example of an EVANS AutoRailer bus.

(http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr0400/af2.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 04:59:35 PM
Built in 1936 --- EVAN'S AutoRailer

(http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr0400/af103.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 13, 2011, 05:00:08 PM
Maybe my budddy George might want to use one of these as a SCHOOL bus....... :o :o ::) ::)

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs3.jpg

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs4.jpg

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs5a.jpg
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 05:06:14 PM
Video no less!!!---- Showing an EVANS AutoRailer bus in use ---- RARE footage indeed!!!!

http://player.vimeo.com/video/4551746?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0




Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 05:10:48 PM
From Alaska again----- the bus appears in an earlier post.

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k220/blackburn49/CRNW/Autorailer-a.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 05:13:54 PM
Here we have an Autorailer ambulance bus used by the US Army utilizing the EVANS concept ---

(http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr0106/usa20886238.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 05:17:07 PM
So I was wrong, NOT done yet ---

(http://www.railroadheritage.org/ImageStorage/Img--00002734.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 05:24:08 PM
More video!!!!!! ::) ::) ::) ::)

 http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/59880/Auto-railer_Bus_On_Tracks/  (http://www.efootage.com/stock-footage/59880/Auto-railer_Bus_On_Tracks/)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 05:34:01 PM
Check out this cool-lookin' "truss" (or "bruck"?) from waaaaaay down Texas way........

http://www.davesrailpix.com/odds/tx//htm/hns02.htm


(http://www.davesrailpix.com/odds/tx//jpg/hns02.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 05:37:24 PM
Back in the 60's and 70's, the "road-railer" concept was even tried on GM "Fishbowl" transit buses!

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?10980

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show/?10981

http://www.davesrailpix.com/pw/htm/pw126.htm

This will whet their appetite --

(http://www.davesrailpix.com/pw/jpg/pw126.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 13, 2011, 05:40:51 PM
Maybe my budddy George might want to use one of these as a SCHOOL bus....... :o :o ::) ::)

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs3.jpg

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs4.jpg

http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs5a.jpg

(http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs3.jpg)

(http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs4.jpg)

Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 13, 2011, 06:46:22 PM
Hey, George:

Between the two of us, we sure found some SUPER-COOL stuff!!!! :) ;)

Greatly appreciate your contributions!! :)

Jerry
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: hwyhaulier on November 14, 2011, 07:51:49 AM
Not done yet --- wish the quality on this were better!!!... http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6238/6341629027_04b99a3ee8_b.jpg (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6238/6341629027_04b99a3ee8_b.jpg) 

George - Jerry -

This evokes some old memories. One of the games in the West in the endless rivalry with issue of, who had the better engineering.
Players included C F W Y, P I E, and RINGSBY, of course. In the graphics shown here, and display of Orange colors prompts obvious,
"...what on Earth is RINGSBY doing now?..."

Note rail and highway dual capability merely a transitory design. It considered demands for required services into quite small points,
and myriad routings lacking better developed roads and highways. In some instances, the "dual purpose" design required ny some
arbitrary policy stances of various State Utility Regulation agencies. That is, some were not about to allow substitution of highway
service in lieu rail.

..........................Vern......................
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 15, 2011, 05:52:35 PM
Jerry -- This one's for you!!!! This is an article from the September 1942 Popular Mechanics Magazine. You were right as to the rarity of photos concerning this beast!!! What a find you made digging up the photo you found --- This is another IMPORTANT example of lost trucking history!!!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6107/6349188698_33d5558fd0_b.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 15, 2011, 06:28:25 PM
Hey, George:

Greatly appreciate the kind words, my friend! Thank you! :)

As I had told you earlier, I had NO IDEA whatsoever that this hulking beast EVER existed.....it was ONLY because I was doing research on the "auto railer" buses that operated for a brief time into Washington DC in the late 1930's, that I discovered this strange and marvelous monster......yet another rare relic of American trucking history!

It's just like I always say.....ya just NEVER know WHERE you'll come across photos of OLD TRUCKS!! :)

GOOD WORK for sharing this rare article!!

Jerry
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 15, 2011, 06:39:20 PM
WOW!!!!! :o :o

Just found the following.......(!!) :) :)

http://www.magazineart.org/main.php/v/ads/travelandtrans/railroadequipment/EvansAutorailer-1930s.jpg.html
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 15, 2011, 06:49:44 PM
WOW!!!!! :o :o

Just found the following.......(!!) :) :)

http://www.magazineart.org/main.php/v/ads/travelandtrans/railroadequipment/EvansAutorailer-1930s.jpg.html


Jerry ---- DON'T want this to disappear!!!


CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW!!!

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6103/6349318162_cbcdb5cfea_o.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 15, 2011, 10:52:09 PM
George/All:

Just spent the past hour trying to locate anything else related to this rare and awesome "rig"; seems that what we've located and posted thus far is about all that is on the 'net at present.

However, as I said to you earlier last evening during our phone discussion, surely, other photos (or blueprints, newsreel footage, etc.) must exist somewhere......the question, of course, is WHERE?

As would be obvious, such items would be quite scarce, indeed.

Too, as I mentioned to you, there obviously at least two of these rigs built (you had noticed this as well in the photos).......were these the only two, or, were more built?

IMHO, given the highly unusual configuration of these transports, it is doubtful that more were built, given the near-total lack of photos, stats, etc. from 'net sources.......right now, I feel we're at an impass.....

Jerry
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 16, 2011, 09:41:54 AM
George/All:

Just spent the past hour trying to locate anything else related to this rare and awesome "rig"; seems that what we've located and posted thus far is about all that is on the 'net at present.

However, as I said to you earlier last evening during our phone discussion, surely, other photos (or blueprints, newsreel footage, etc.) must exist somewhere......the question, of course, is WHERE?

As would be obvious, such items would be quite scarce, indeed.

Too, as I mentioned to you, there obviously at least two of these rigs built (you had noticed this as well in the photos).......were these the only two, or, were more built?

IMHO, given the highly unusual configuration of these transports, it is doubtful that more were built, given the near-total lack of photos, stats, etc. from 'net sources.......right now, I feel we're at an impass.....

Jerry


Jerry,  Let's not give up so fast!!! Remember what we asked last night? Location of pictures, was easier than I thought. If you go back to where you found your original picture of this beast, you will note: EAST ST. LOUIS RAIL -- Would say this was linked in some way to THE ST.  LOUIS AMMUNITION PLANT that made munitions during WWII and transported to places west such as FORT LEONARD WOOD.

Carry on sir --- and see what you can dig up on this ST. LOUIS rail spur -- right up your alley!!!
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Dan Burkhart on November 16, 2011, 09:51:21 AM
(http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/rgs3.jpg)

 C W McCall did a little ditty about this one.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XJw8jBjfa0
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 17, 2011, 04:49:02 PM
It's just like you always say, "You never know where you're going to find a truck!"  In this case another Evans AutoRailer.


Click on Image for larger View ----

  (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6038/6355671285_32506ccd5b_o.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 17, 2011, 05:18:59 PM
VERY INTERESTING READING AND GREAT NEW PICTURES --- Popular Mechanics Article 1944

"OFF AGAIN, ON AGAIN RAIL ROAD"


http://books.google.com/books?id=n90DAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA1&dq=Evans%20AutoRailer&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false   (http://books.google.com/books?id=n90DAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA1&dq=Evans%20AutoRailer&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false)

Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 17, 2011, 07:32:40 PM
Hey, George:

You DO have the POWER to work MIRACLES!! :o :o :o

EXCELLENT work, my friend!!!! ;) ;) :) :)

Jerry
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: hwyhaulier on November 18, 2011, 07:49:46 AM
George - Jerry -

Ref. POPULAR MECHANICS (1944)? Col. Ed Evans just full of ideas, yes? Compare with account of
contemporary ALASKA HIGHWAY. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Highway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Highway)

Perhaps the EVANS concept of some practical application, over landscapes of near entirely barren
countryside. In present day, there are "road train" all highway configs, notably in Australia. Else,
the EVANS plan limited to select and exceptional applications?

Compare? Check the history of all the grief and aggravation to obtain authority for highway carriers
in establishment of over the road combinations of sixty (60) and sixty-five (65) ft. OAL truck - trailer,
or truck - "Western Pups" sets...

........................Vern.....................
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 19, 2011, 10:16:41 AM
George - Jerry -

Ref. POPULAR MECHANICS (1944)? Col. Ed Evans just full of ideas, yes? Compare with account of
contemporary ALASKA HIGHWAY. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Highway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Highway)

Perhaps the EVANS concept of some practical application, over landscapes of near entirely barren
countryside. In present day, there are "road train" all highway configs, notably in Australia. Else,
the EVANS plan limited to select and exceptional applications?

Compare? Check the history of all the grief and aggravation to obtain authority for highway carriers
in establishment of over the road combinations of sixty (60) and sixty-five (65) ft. OAL truck - trailer,
or truck - "Western Pups" sets...

........................Vern.....................

Vern,

    While I think I can see your point on the original conceptual use of these vehicles by Evans, none the less his idea for dual purpose vehicles IE. roadrailers lives on in today's highrailer vehicles still in use by many railroads. Here are a couple of  examples ---

(http://www.railpictures.net/images/d1/5/7/1/2571.1119891420.jpg)

(http://www.railpictures.net/images/d1/4/8/2/3482.1089687540.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: hwyhaulier on November 19, 2011, 11:07:34 AM
George -

MANY THANKS! The first photo is especially provocative? Sure would like to know the
"who, what, where, when and why" of it!

In the views: Sure, it can be done. Why not? A "converted" highway Class 8 Power Unit,
with customizing and re-fit has to be cheaper than a conventional switching locomotive.

In Col. Ed Evans proposal, why do I get the feeling in my bones he was ISO a bountiful
US Army or DoD contract? In the era, a great deal of fanciful proposals ISO money. Were
we to believe the mid 1940s "hype", we would all board "Flying Wing" transports...

......................Vern.....................
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 19, 2011, 04:49:01 PM
This one is for Jerry ----

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=258887&showexif=1   (http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=258887&showexif=1)


(http://www.railpictures.net/images/d1/8/9/1/2891.1225854889.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 19, 2011, 10:42:32 PM
Hey, George:

THAT IS TOO COOL, MY FRIEND!!!! :) :)

Judging by the autos, pic would date from the late 50's/early 60's......CLASSIC STUFF!! :) :)

Jerry
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 20, 2011, 01:04:16 AM
Hey, George.....

Thought you might enjoy seeing this ol' timer...... ;)

http://www.davesrailpix.com/odds/on/htm/grndrvr31.htm
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on November 25, 2011, 08:38:10 AM
Just found this and thought I would add it to the collection of Evans Autorailers --- Trying to get Jerry to start another thread under INTERMODAL focusing on just Evans Autorailers --- HOPE HE READS THIS!!


(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6048/6356342241_4ee34b6b16_o.jpg)
Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: Jerry Austin on November 25, 2011, 08:52:27 AM
Just found this and thought I would add it to the collection of Evans Autorailers --- Trying to get Jerry to start another thread under INTERMODAL focusing on just Evans Autorailers --- HOPE HE READS THIS!!


(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6048/6356342241_4ee34b6b16_o.jpg)

Hey, George:

MESSAGE RECIEVED AND UNDERSTOOD!<G>

WILL DO SO LATER THIS EVENING!

Jerry

BTW:

EXCELLENT work on your part, my friend! ;)
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 03, 2011, 08:59:17 AM
Jerry --- Was REALLY hoping that the change in title of this thread would rouse more curiosity about the rarity of the EVANS AutoRailer thus bringing more response to this important piece of trucking history. I wonder if others know that this thread now carries the most information on the EVANS AutoRailer anywhere on the web? You have done HANK'S proud, and I for one have learned a lot about the history of HighRailers / AutoRailers as a result -----

Title: Re: GADZOOKS!! IT'S THE AUTO-RAILER"!!
Post by: eymurphey on December 03, 2011, 09:11:33 AM
Back in the 60's and 70's, the "road-railer" concept was even tried on GM "Fishbowl" transit buses!

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?10980

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show/?10981

http://www.davesrailpix.com/pw/htm/pw126.htm

You bring up an interesting point here --- While EVANS died out, the concept they came up with survived both in these examples and more modern day HighRail ---
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 03, 2011, 09:39:18 AM
While not an EVANS, here is another example of the concepts survival --- Fairmont Land Rover Defender 130 Road Railer

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6028/5995338054_65d323e9d3_b.jpg)
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 03, 2011, 03:09:26 PM
WHOAAAAAA!!!!! :o :o :o

HOLD ONTO YER HATS, FOLKS!!!! :o :o :o

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME MODERN AND HISTORIC ROAD/RAIL VEHICLES, FROM HERE AND ABROAD!! :) :)

WOW!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

A "TRUCKLOAD" OF SUPER-COOL PICS, HERE!!! :) :)

ENJOY!! :)

Jerry

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/10/cool-road-rail-vehicles.html
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 03, 2011, 05:15:47 PM
WHOAAAAAA!!!!! :o :o :o

HOLD ONTO YER HATS, FOLKS!!!! :o :o :o

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME MODERN AND HISTORIC ROAD/RAIL VEHICLES, FROM HERE AND ABROAD!! :) :)

WOW!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

A "TRUCKLOAD" OF SUPER-COOL PICS, HERE!!! :) :)

ENJOY!! :)

Jerry

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/10/cool-road-rail-vehicles.html


Where can I get one off these?  Sure would give a new meaning to "OFF ROAD VEHICLE"!!!!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2134/1685531030_7e88812c7f.jpg)
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 03, 2011, 06:11:14 PM
"VICTORY RIDES THE RAILS!"

http://wwiijeepparts.com/WW2/Photos/WorldWarTwoMBGPWPhotographs/RailroadJeep2.jpg
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Chris_E on December 03, 2011, 06:47:03 PM
Quote
MANY THANKS! The first photo is especially provocative? Sure would like to know the
"who, what, where, when and why" of it!

Vern,
Did a little digging and it didn't take long to find info on the Ford Aeromax for RailMax.  It's a weed spraying unit used by MOW crews.  That second Western Star was caught on video and was used twice to deliver freight cars to flood-ravaged towns in Australia.  I believe it was only used to pull freight cars twice, I read.
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 03, 2011, 08:20:17 PM
For your viewing pleasure (from Great Britain)......

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=1224
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 03, 2011, 08:25:15 PM
I dedicate this RARE find to my good buddy George..... ;) :)

http://www.greenbayroute.com/2005jeepfc170.htm
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 04, 2011, 07:26:43 AM
A before and after shot of an Evans AutoRailer bus used by the "ARCADE and ATTICA" rail line in Attica, New York ---

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7145/6452713431_cdc1d8957b_o.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7154/6452713379_4e4c6c93a4_o.jpg)

Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 04, 2011, 07:31:48 AM
Jerry --- Found the pictures for the previous post by searching GOOGLE BOOKS again --- I am now tapped out for any more on line pics of Evans AutoRailers.


George
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 04, 2011, 08:10:57 AM
WHOAAAAAA!!!!! :o :o :o

HOLD ONTO YER HATS, FOLKS!!!! :o :o :o

CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME MODERN AND HISTORIC ROAD/RAIL VEHICLES, FROM HERE AND ABROAD!! :) :)

WOW!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

A "TRUCKLOAD" OF SUPER-COOL PICS, HERE!!! :) :)

ENJOY!! :)

Jerry

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/10/cool-road-rail-vehicles.html


The site you mention sure shows how the Evan's concept has lived on ---

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2340/1685612938_c3cd92866f.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2216/1752380648_549e6b2530.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2048/1685374556_89e001d3e5.jpg)



Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 04, 2011, 08:14:26 AM
Hey, George:

Ain't this stuff just too danged COOL?? :o :o :D :D

Between the two of us, we've found some pretty rare stuff!

I feel that this is truly a VERY neglected part of trucking....AND vehicular.....history!

TOO valuable to ignore, at any rate!

Jerry
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 04, 2011, 02:49:52 PM
Just came across this page.....

http://www.willyscountry.com/4_dr_Willys.html
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 04, 2011, 04:01:42 PM
This clip from an Evans ad is just too good not to put up----

  (http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6110/6356342137_c79b72ec4c_o.jpg)
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 04, 2011, 04:44:21 PM
Though several of these rare and wonderful vehicles we've already seen before, there are a few "new faces" more than worthy of a glance or two.....<G>

http://www.damncoolpictures.com/2007/10/road-rail-vehicles.html
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 05, 2011, 03:20:17 PM
This kind of reminds me of the Evans in post # 58 ---

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_mmBw3uzPnJI/RyB_2ypHGhI/AAAAAAAAKFs/oN2tSNi8jn4/s1600/road_rail_vehicles_007.jpg)
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 05, 2011, 11:19:59 PM
ALL RIGHT, CLASS!

IT'S TIME FOR A POP QUIZ!

WHAT IS A "BOBIK"?

CLICK ON THE LINK TO FIND OUT......YOU ARE IN FOR A BIG TREAT, INDEED!! :o :o :o :) :) :)

BE SURE TO SCROLL THROUGH THE ENTIRE PAGE.......A TRUE TREASURE TROVE OF CLASSIC VEHICLES......ROAD-RAIL AND OTHER VINTAGE ODDITIES!! ;) ;)

HAVE FUN......AND TRY NOT TO DROOL TOO MUCH (YEAH, GEORGE, THIS MEANS YOU!!) ;D ;D

JERRY

http://www.johnnypayphone.net/labels/vehicles.php
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 06, 2011, 08:23:12 AM
ALL RIGHT, CLASS!

IT'S TIME FOR A POP QUIZ!

WHAT IS A "BOBIK"?

CLICK ON THE LINK TO FIND OUT......YOU ARE IN FOR A BIG TREAT, INDEED!! :o :o :o :) :) :)

BE SURE TO SCROLL THROUGH THE ENTIRE PAGE.......A TRUE TREASURE TROVE OF CLASSIC VEHICLES......ROAD-RAIL AND OTHER VINTAGE ODDITIES!! ;) ;)

HAVE FUN......AND TRY NOT TO DROOL TOO MUCH (YEAH, GEORGE, THIS MEANS YOU!!) ;D ;D

JERRY

http://www.johnnypayphone.net/labels/vehicles.php


So, while this has nothing to do with autorailers, here is what I found on "BOBIK" ----

The BA-64 was a 44 light armoured car, employed by the Soviet Army from 1942 into the early 1960s for reconnaissance and liaison tasks.
The BA-64B was nicknamed 'Bobik' by its crews. The total recorded number of BA-64s produced differs even in Russian sources. The most frequently-stated figures are 9,110 (3,901 BA-64 and 5,209 BA-64B) vehicles which were built in the GAZ automobile plant, although a memorial plaque near the pictured Nizhny Novgorod car states 9,063 cars. The Red Army representatives accepted only 8,174 BA-64s, including 3,390 with radio sets; the other vehicles were transferred to NKVD units and Soviet allies.


However, this would have made for an interesting autorailer ---

(http://www.warlordgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/ba64.jpg)



Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: eymurphey on December 06, 2011, 04:37:00 PM
ALL RIGHT, CLASS!

IT'S TIME FOR A POP QUIZ!

WHAT IS A "BOBIK"?

CLICK ON THE LINK TO FIND OUT......YOU ARE IN FOR A BIG TREAT, INDEED!! :o :o :o :) :) :)

BE SURE TO SCROLL THROUGH THE ENTIRE PAGE.......A TRUE TREASURE TROVE OF CLASSIC VEHICLES......ROAD-RAIL AND OTHER VINTAGE ODDITIES!! ;) ;)

HAVE FUN......AND TRY NOT TO DROOL TOO MUCH (YEAH, GEORGE, THIS MEANS YOU!!) ;D ;D

JERRY

http://www.johnnypayphone.net/labels/vehicles.php


Comrade Jerry ----- Здравствуйте! Как поживаете? Что нового?    Technically, these do not qualify as auto/roadrailers as they are not capable of dual purpose travel. HOWEVER, they are darn neat, and since you begged me so nicely here are just a few from the aforementioned page --Передавай привет Тане.

(http://www.johnnypayphone.net/steam/vehicles/kiev2.jpg)

(http://www.johnnypayphone.net/steam/vehicles/kiev1.jpg)

 
Title: Re: It's the EVAN's Auto-Railer!.....and, it's a RARE one!
Post by: Jerry Austin on December 06, 2011, 08:16:07 PM
Hey, George:

You have MANY fine qualities, my friend.....HOWEVER.....being SUBTLE sure ain't one of 'em!!! >:( :(

Seriously, though, ain't that truck COOL?? :D ;)

Reminds me somewhat of a mid-50's FORD! :)

Sure would make a dang fine MODEL!! :) ;) ;) :)

Jerry