| March/April 1953

  • Four wheel drive traction engine
    Courtesy of Vic Wintermantel, Box 4200, Bellevue, Pa.
    Vic Wintermantel

  • Four wheel drive traction engine

As far as we know there were only two companies that attempted four wheel drive steamers. They were tried very early in the traction engine life. In 1886 or 87, the Wood, Tabor and Morse Co., of Eaton,N . Y., built one with spur sears. As far as we know they only built them about two years. Evidently they were not a success. When you look at that train of gears you wonder where they got the power to run the gears. The Ford Museum has one of these engines on display. It is one of the most interesting pieces In the Farm Machinery display.

The Lansing Iron and Engine Works of Lansing, Mich., built a four wheel drive in 1888. They continued to build them until at least 1898. This engine was chain drive. Evidently more successful than the spur gear. We do know that the chain is the most economical transmission power. We know of some who operated these engines. The only one we know of being in existence today is owned by Elmer L. Ritzman, Enola, Pa., and editor of our ALBUM.

The 'Rubicon' four wheel drive traction engine built by Wood, Tabor and Morse, of Eaton, N. Y. All the Wood, Tabor and Morse pictures in this issue: are Mr. Wintermantel is a Flour Broker and greatly interested in the steam field and makes many contributions to our ALBUM.

We here give pictures of both engines. The pictures of the Wood, Tabor and Morse are the courtesy of Mr. Vic Wintermantel, Flour Broker, Box 4200, Bellevue, Pa., and the Lansing pictures are courtesy of Mr. Ritzman.


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