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I-R 60-ton Demo

A new type of locomotive!
Ingersoll-Rand 1925 Demonstrator #9681
(later CNJ #1000)
(ALCo builders photo S-1484 - source uncertain;
possibly from 1980s AAR flyer)




Oil-Electric ("Diesel") Locomotives

(American Locomotive Company - General Electric - Ingersoll-Rand)

INDEX to Boxcabs Pages:

note-rt.gif   The primary Boxcabs Index has been moved to a separate page,
together with links and credits.

Boxcab Help - A service for boxcab afficionados,
posting reasonable questions (at my sole discretion).

There are now more than seventy-five (75) BOXCAB pages;
see the full INDEX, now on a separate page.

[A new "bugaboo" has reared its ugly head - complexity of organization -
see COMPLEXITY on my main index page.]


On the "main" model boxcabs page:

The rest of that page is unindexed; scroll away.

On the the model boxcabs continuation page 1:
    Boxcab Model Miscellany - continued from the main Boxcab models Page.

On the the model boxcabs continuation page 2:
    More Boxcab Model Miscellany - continued.

On this model boxcabs continuation page 3 (19 Oct 2010):
    Large-Scale Hoosac Tunnel Box Motor Model (19 Oct 2010/23 Oct 2010).
    Ridge Live Steamers, Lake Wales, Florida.   new.gif (26 Feb 2017)

Also, see the Electric Boxcabs Page, et seq.   added.gif (23 Oct 2010)

More Boxcab Model Miscellany

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(cropped from image courtesy of J. Kelley)

Large-Scale Hoosac Tunnel Box Motor Model - At the North Shore Model Railroad Club's Train Show in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on Saturday, 16 Oct 2010, I spotted a huge, green electric box motor and stopped dead in my tracks.  Made by Jerry Kelley (see his Hoosac Tunnel site), it was a model of a Hoosac Tunnel Box Motor made entirely of wood to 3" gauge, complete even to all interior fitments!

Now, I've certainly heard of the Hoosac Tunnel, started in 1852 but plagued with countless troubles and only completed in 1875, after much loss of life and at a staggering cost over-run, a 4.75 mile (7.64 km) shortcut under the Hoosac Range in northwestern Massachusetts, running roughly from Florida (the town) to North Adams; I've even been to both portals, knew it was built for double track and converted to single track (in 1973), and that it had been electrified 'way back in 1910 (by the B&M). But - I knew next to nothing about the box motors that powered trains through after the wire was hung (it came down with dieselization in 1946).

The Hoosac Tunnel, started by the 1848 Troy & Greenfield RR and later bought out by the Fitchburg RR, was on the Fitchburg Division of the Boston and Maine and five motors were bought in 1910 by the B&M for the Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington RR; they were then relettered for the B&M.   added.gif (24 Oct 2010)

This is a picture of a Hoosac Tunnel motor from Jerry's site:

[No, you can't blow it up - it's lo-res.]

Well, according to Jerry, there ISN'T all that much known about them and, apparently, he now knows about as much as anyone (that's my kind of guy!).  In spite of that dearth of information, Jerry decided to build a model of one and that's what I spotted and me with only a misbehaving cell phone camera!  This is the truly-miserable image I got:

[No, you can't blow this one up, either - it's REALLY that bad.]

In the vernacular, "THIS YA GOTTA SEE!".  Jerry's detailed it down to contol stands and gauge faces and all known appurtenances, all in wood!

I promised to get more info. and pix of both the prototypes (there were several types over the years) and the model, itself.

Yee-hah!  Before I could even post the original meager bit, I'd remembered where I'd seen such and had found a not-so-bad photo of a Hoosac Tunnel motor in Train Shed Cyclopedia No. 15, Heavy Traction 1922-1941:

[click on thumbnail for larger image]

Even better yet, also from Train Shed #15, here's what's almost-certainly that loco in B&M livery:

[click on thumbnail for larger image]

Aha!  Note the migration (and enlargement) of the headlight from the roof to the right-front end (24 Oct 2010).

Jerry came through (thanks, Jerry) with pix of the model in various stages of construction; without much more ado, here they are (some have been cropped a bit):

First, the chassis and running gear, one end, and the roof and pans -

3"HTMtrMod001 3"HTMtrMod253 3"HTMtrModart6
(images courtesy of J. Kelley)

Next, some interior shots (such as I tried to take with the cell phone) -

3"HTMtrMod034 3"HTMtrMod014 3"HTMtrMod027
(images courtesy of J. Kelley)

Lastly, two low quarter shots -

3"HTMtrMod006 3"HTMtrMod016
(images courtesy of J. Kelley)

Finally, here's Jerry, himself, with the finished model -

(image courtesy of J. Kelley)

Can you blame him for beaming?

Mind you, this is all* made of WOOD (the model only, not Jerry)!

    [* - Shhhh - the pan shoes are actually real copper.]

I found a great video clip (an old film clip, actually) of one of the motors running in actual service in 1928; the best still clips seem to be #11 and #36.  The US National Archive number for this historic film clip is 70.89A R2 DNS so you can probably find it (and stills) for free with some work.

Digging deeper into the background of these box motors, I read and re-read Fred Westing's "The Locomotives That Baldwin Built" and the included "History of the Baldwin Locomotive Works - 1831-1923" with no luck.  Finally, on page 74 (pages 117-118 of the old text), I found this slight reference (after discussing the three Erie Triplexes of 1914 and 1916):

"While these developments were taking place in the field of steam locomotive engineering, Baldwin-Westinghouse electric locomotives were becoming increasingly prominent in the product of the Works.  Among these locomotives may be mentioned five, which were built in 1910 for service in the Hoosac Tunnel, Mass., on the line of the Boston & Maine R. R.  This tunnel is 4¾ miles long, and its operation with steam locomotives had become difficult because of the accumulation of smoke and gas, which made it impossible to fully utilize the track capacity of the tunnel.  The results obtained with electric traction have been most satisfactory, and the capacity of the tunnel has been greatly increased." (23 Oct 2010)

Five, eh?  Jerry advised that #2001 was delivered by B-W in October 1910, #2502 and #2503 in November 1910, and #2504 and #2505 in December 1910.  They were renumbered in May, 1911, to #5000 - #5004.  Two more motors, #5005 and #5006, were added in 1917, making seven total. (25 Oct 2010)

#5004 was demolished in a horrible, fiery wreck on 20 Feb 1912, when it rear-ended another train (with #5001 on point) in the tunnel, resulting in the death of four employees and injury to two passengers.  Per Jerry, #5004 was rebuilt in 1912 and it was the last electric loco to haul a train in Hoosac Tunnel 34 years later. (24 Oct 2010)

Jerry sent along some old photos; first, a picture of the wreckage of #5004:

(image from the collection of J. Kelley)

The roof of the tunnel collapsed from the heat of the resultant fire and that accounts for all the rubble shoveled off the wreck (there's the shovel!).

Next, miscellaneous views of various single and triple-headed units:

HT5000s4 HT5000s3
(images from the collection of J. Kelley)

HT5000s5 HT5000s6
(images from the collection of J. Kelley)

Jerry sent along these specs (24 Oct 2010):
Boston and Maine Railroad #5000-5006 Class Specifications
Type			1-B+B-1
Power			11,000 volts, 25 cycle AC
Traction Motors	4 Westinghouse model 403A, 368 volt AC
Gear Ratio		22:91 after 1917
Power Transmission	Motors geared to wheels through quill drive
Height 			14 feet with pantograph down
Width			101
Length			48
Total Weight		261,100 pounds (5000-5004)
			265,600 pounds (5005-5006)
One Hour Rating	1,224 hp. 18,000 pounds tractive effort
Max Speed		37.5 mph
Normal Speed		25.5 mph
For more information please see B&M Bulletin Volumes XXV1 #1 and XXV1#2
For comparison, here are the ones from the Train Shed #15 picture of #2003, above:
Fig. 2268 - 11,000-Volt, 25-Cycle, Alternating Current Lo{co}motive. Class 2-4-0--0-4-2. Four, Type 403-A, 368-Volt, Single Phase Motors,
Geared Through Flexible Quill-drive to 63 in. Drivers. Length Inside Knuckles, 48 ft. 0 in.; Total Wheel Base, 38 ft: 6 in.; Rigid Wheel- Base,
7 ft.; Height over Pantagraph Locked Down, 14 ft.  in.; Overall Width, 10 ft. 1 in. Total Weight, 132.8 Tons; Weight of Drivers, 108.5 Tons;
Weight of Electrical Equipment, 117,800 lb.; Weight of Mechanical Parts, 147,500 lb.; Weight per Driving Axle, 54,250 lb.; Weight per Guiding Axle,
24,250 lb. One Hour Rating  H.P. 1,360 ; Tractive Effort, 18,480 lb.; Speed 27.6 M.P.H. Continuous Rating  H.P. 1,352; Tractive Effort, 18.000 lb.;
Speed, 28.2 M.P.H. Maximum Tractive Effort, 72,000 lb.; Maximum Speed, 37.5 M.P.H.
For much more on the Hoosac Tunnel itself, you just can't beat Marc Howes's site (23 Oct 2010).

Ridge Live Steamers, Lake Wales, Florida - The indefatigable Art Wheeler sent along this photo of the ideal RR retirement in Dundee, Florida:   new.gif (26 Feb 2017)

(photo courtesy of A. Wheeler - all rights reserved)

Ah, bliss!  Now, THAT's living!

Well, being me, I couldn't just let that go by so I looked; if there's a live steam operation in Dundee proper, I couldn't find it on the map, but there IS a huge one in nearby Lake Wales, the private Ridge Live Steamers, with a Dundee address, "Florida's Highest Railroad".  RLS has 7,500' (2,286m) of 7" gauge mainline plus 7,300' (2,196m) in sidings and yards; they also have a 180' (55m), 3-track loop of elevated Gauge 1 and G-Gauge:


WOW; what a setup!

I'm not that much of a juice-jack fan, nor of the B&M (although I now live on the MBTA's ex-B&M Lowell line, formerly the 1830 Boston & Lowell RR, the nation's second oldest RR after the Granite Railway of Quincy, MA), but I have the bit in my teeth and am dedicating some of these pages to the task (23 Oct 2010).

Stay tuned!


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