RALPH'S LATEST BRAINSTORM


| March/April 1961



BRAINSTORM

Casey Jones

This is a picture of Ralph's latest brainstorm, as he calls it. He says he was watching television one night when a program of Casey Jones came on picturing his rescue mission in the western mountains when he ran his train through burning, falling timber to rescue a crowd of marooned folks that were doomed to be burned to death at the top of the mountain. The little four-wheeler fascinated him so much that he made up his mind to build a model as near like it as memory would permit.

It has all the working parts of a steamer, but actually runs by a tiny electric motor in the cab. It runs very realistically on its track case with its drivers propped up from the rails and also runs across the floor without a track. It runs rather slowly pulling its coal car, and very quiet.

Dimensions are: Engine is 27' long including coal car, 13' high to top of stack and weighs about twenty pounds. It is back-geared by two sewing machine belt driven shafts and drive to drivers is by brass gears taken from an old telephone. It is made entirely by hand without lathe, or welder, principally with hack saw, files, small power drill and l.p. gas torch. Ralph is now building his fourth model (that of a tiny Reeves double). All this is done in his corner basement shop equipped with less than fifty dollars worth of tools! As Ralph puts it 'When you love 'em, you can make 'em.'

We think she's a beauty!