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Railroad Station Tug?


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Old 11-16-2018, 10:02:06 PM
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I acquired this from a family that thought this had been used in a railroad station as a tug or shop mule. After hours of looking around the internet I am unable to find anything similar. Any Ideas? I would really like to find a hitch for it.

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Sorry I started a second thread.
I've posted on so many sites trying to find information I mistakenly doubled up.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:27:36 PM
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I like this. I am glad you posted again. I saw a 3 wheel shop mule at Chapin (the hand pump sprayer people in Batavia NY wasn't identical, but the same idea.
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There is a guy here in South Dakota that has a Chicago North Western tug that is a McCormick Deering. It was used to tug baggage carts around the Huron, SD freight house.
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Default Re: Railroad Station Tug?

Not sure what your Tug was used for but this same type of Tug was being used moving all types wheeled material containers in the auto plants in the 1950's.
Just keep in mind that your Tug engine looks like the one that is in my 1928 Model "A" Ford.

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I had one here for a while it was an Mercury Industrial tractor or tow tractor I do have the original literature to go with it, they were used quite extensively in all related fields needing to move people or materials in a large plant setting
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What you have is a Lansing tractor made by the Lansing Company of Lansing, Michigan, ca 1940. They also had a factory in Poughkeepsie, N. Y.
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that surely is a model a engine, they used them a lot in industrial equipment . I worked for a company in the early 1970's that had a forklift they no longer used with an A engine and a ford truck transmission and rear axel that had been narrowed.
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Yep' Sure is a Model A Ford engine, complete with original carb, distributor and all. So if this rig was built in the 1940's what's with the engine? Were they buying and rebuilding old "A" engines ? or somehow finding and using new stock?

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Just because the model A was no longer in production, doesn't mean that the components weren't still supplied for industrial needs. Also there's the Army surplus stockpile that was being thinned out after the war. Many low volume builders went this route to keep costs low. Massey Harris had to go to the Army Stockpile for motors after the war to keep their tractor line going after a strike at their motor supplier cut off deliveries. Think of the lost sales they would have faced right when the post war farm machinery boom was in full force, if they were forced to stop production.
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