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2005 Harley Springer Softail


I have decided to sell the last of my Harley Davidson motorcycles. The 2005 Harley Springer Softail originally cost $22,176.87. I upgraded the bike with a custom short windshield, custom seat with backrest, sissy bar and luggage rack, custom chrome chain and rear sprocket covers, chrome rear brake cylinder, custom exhaust system, new tires (only 25 miles on them), new battery, polished front brake caliper, and numerous other small chrome parts. I still have all the parts that were taken off the original bike in case you want to restore the bike to the original configuration. I have receipts for all parts and the maintenance record. I have changed the fluids every 500-600 miles, never driven the bike in the rain, and kept it stored in a climate controlled garage. For the last six years I have driven the bike about 200 miles a year. This bike went out of production in 2006. Price is $10,000 or best offer. I also have a man's and woman's leather jacket woman'leather jacket, two helmets and new (never worn) leather chaps whic are included with the bike.

The Curator

I grew up in Connecticut until I moved to Iowa to attend Iowa State University where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. I taught high school science for three years in Iowa before becoming a full-time beekeeper. After running 1200 hives of honeybees in southwestern Iowa for several years, I entered the Air Force and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1980. I spent the next 28 years serving in the military as an officer and civil servant. On November 9, 2012, I decided to finally retire and start working to obtain the necessary funding to expand the museum.

I have been a "collector" since early childhood. This passion has grown and expanded through the years. I initially collected railroad tie date nails, a collection that now exceeds 25,000 nails dating from 1900 to 1980. I has also managed to amass over 4,000 bank notes from over 200 currency-issuing authorities worldwide. Eventually, I expanded my expertise by collecting marbles, lithographs and engravings, oil paintings, handmade bottles, antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles and spark plugs. My personal collection of Anchor Hocking items presently exceeds 15,000 pieces of glass, over 400 boxed sets, 75 glass mold sets, 250 wooden patterns, 500 blueprints, 25,000 pages of glass advertisements, and 500+ catalogs. The entire collection is now on display in the Anchor Hocking Glassware Museum in San Antonio, Texas. The museum will not have regular hours so the collection will be available only when the author is home.

Now that I have 19 motorcars, a sickle mower, and a hydraulic crane, I built a facility to protect the cars. I recently installed a 14,000 lb. capacity car lift so that motorcar maintenace would be much easier.

With 19 motorcars, I have purchased numerous new old stock Fairmont motocar parts that I needed to store, so I enlarged and enclosed the west side of the carport.

I was lucky to find original Fairmont motorcar parts which included new roofs (complete and frames only for M-9, M-19, MT-14, and A-cars), windshield side mounting brackets, 15 pairs of new aluminum lifting arms, front and back panels, new windshields in the original crates, Fairmont sound absorbing sheets, and Onan starters.

On subsequent trips, I was able to purchase four complete sets of cast steel wheels and thousands of Fairmont parts that came directly from the company's warehouse. The parts included aluminum side panels for the M-19, M-14, S-2 motorcars, roof ends needed to make new roofs, and a myriad of structural rails and supports.

On another trip to Granite City I found more heavy metal red fussee/torpedo boxes, countless drive, idler and rear sprockets for single and double rowed chain drives, 3 new transmissions, and buckets of transmission gears and assorted parts (washers, shims, bushings, shifter forks and shifter rods). I had to modify my trailer to haul the myriad of parts.

I think I have purchased the majority of the motorcar parts I need from Brown's in Granite City, IL. On this last trip I found 50 rear access boxes for MT-14M motorcars, 14 NOS transmission cases, NOS bell housings for CCKB and B48G engines, assorted frame rails, and windshield side panels for MT-19s, MT-14s and S-2s.


The motorcar parts originally listed in this tab have been permanently moved to another site dedicated solely to motorcar parts. The new site, PHIL'S MOTORCAR PARTS, can be found at https://www.philsmotorcarparts.com.



Carport Expansion

Due to the increase in my parts inventory, I am going to expand the east side of my maintenance area to accomodate the additional parts. I already ordered some of the support beams, plywood and rebar for the project. I dug the holes to secure the posts before the concrete slab is poured.

Once the forms were up and the rebar installed, a contractor poured the thick concrete slab. While I am at Brown's getting another motorcar and more parts, the concrete will cure and harden. Upon my return, the construction of the roof, walls and storage shelves will commense.


The expansion is progressing well. Three walls are up and the roof is on. Now I just have to shingle the roof, add insulation and siding to the walls, and install the end wall. I purchased the materials for the shelves and will complete them shortly. Once all the parts are organized, I can continue the restoration of several motorcars.

The roof is finally done and the shelves have been installed. Now I am busy organizing the parts so I can create a database and price list for the parts I plan to sell. Some items, such as the brake rods, were difficult to put on shelves, so I hung them in brackets on the wall. I have purchased so many parts that I had to start stacking them on some motorcars, even motorcars I restored and have yet to run on the rails. In July 2019 I built a second set of shelves for small parts and a large rack for heavy A-car longitudinal channel beams.

The vinyl siding done, the storage shelves have been completed and almost all the parts and motorcars have been purchased from Brown's Railroad Equipment in Granite City, IL. Overall, I spent over $85,000 at Brown's buying 9 motorcars and the majority of their NOS Fairmont motorcar parts. Generally, if I found a part at Brown's, I bought all of the stock available since most of the parts are no longer produced and not available anywhere else. I was also lucky to purchase heavy steel storage racks after the auction.

Motorcar Storage Track

Due to the large number of motorcars that I have accumulated over the last five years I have run out of room. I decided to construct a storage track in the lot where the majority of the motorcars and all the parts are located. The large platform will be used to support a lift for removing heavy items from motorcars undergoing restoration. It may also be used for a place to erect a paint booth.

I am now modifying the fence to install a gate. The first step is to install the posts which were held in place while the concrete hardens. with the concrete hardened, I put in the pressure treated stringers and cedar face boards. The final step is to install a gate and remove the old fence over the tracks.

Because I have to work alone, I had to prop up the gate while the hinges and cover boards were installed. Once that was done I put in a suspension chain to support the excessive weight of the gate. With the gate finally done, I started to move motorcars onto the storage track.

The deck around the rails is so handy that I decided to extended its length. I laid the new wood out in the sun so the pressure treated lumber would dry out.

I finally decided to install a walkway down the center of the tracks. This will give me a platform for jacking motorcars up while providing a smooth surface for moving other equipment around the property.

2023 Motorcar Excursions

Save on shipping charges for motorcar parts: I will transport parts (large and small) to the run location free of charge if they are paid for prior to leaving from Texas! I have done this in the past for large roofs, 16" wheels and other assorted parts.

Farmrail System - Clinton, Oklahoma (scheduled)


2022 Motorcar Excursions

Farmrail System (spring run) - Clinton, Oklahoma

The Farmrail System had another great turnout. This year I ran the red Tomah Cab motorcar that was built 17 years ago for Dan Brown Sr. , the owner of Brown Rail in Granite City, Illinois. The motorcar was stored in a shipping container on the business property since it was built. The motorcar was only run for a distance of 20 miles right after it was first built to ensure everything operated correctly. The motorcar performed flawlessly.

Red River Valley & Western Railroad - Lamoure, North Dakota

This year I brought my red Tomah Cab motorcar on its second run of the year. North Dakota had experienced a deluge of rainfall and many of the fields were totally flooded. We did get a break in the weather for the two days of this excursion. Most of the railroad is welded rail except for a few miles of track; however, the state did receive funding recently for the installation of welded rail on this section of track.

Dakota Missouri Valley & Western Railroad - Britton, South Dakota

The excursion in South Dakota was plagued with rainy weather. During the excursion we traversed the loading track at an immense grain loading facility in Britton. On our trip west we encountered two SD-45s and a grain hopper on the rails which changed our turn around point. On the second day, some of the operators elected to return to Britton while others continued on to the end of the line in North Dakota. Overall, the Dakota excursions were well organized and a complete success!

Hudson Bay Railroad - The Pas, Manitoba, Canada

The excursion on the Hudson Bay Railroad was a test of motorcar performance. Over six days we travelled 1140 miles. I had the honor of pulling one of the two portable toilets for the run. In spite of the intense head winds on some days, the four cylinder Isuzu diesel performed flawlessly and pulled the portable toilet with ease. The run was almost cancelled due to a large forest fire, sparked by lightning, near the tracks. Luckily, the fire was contained before we reached its location.

There was only three large bridges on the line. The bridge picture above was the smallest of the three. The railroad was installing several new sidings. Because of the unique conditions of the tundra, a plastic mesh was installed under the gravel to facilitate water drainage.

The railroad has undertaken extensive tie replacement and ballast installation throughtout the line. As we approached Churchill on Hudson Bay, the trees got shorter and the ground was covered with a grey lichen. Eventually the tundra turned into a treeless expanse. On the excursion were had to enter sidings to allow freight and passenger train to pass. Overall, the excursion was well planned, the railroad personnel were extremely helpful and it was a true test of "man and machine"!

Durango & Silverton Railroad - Silverton, Colorado

The Durango & Silverton Railroad excursion followed the Animas River from Silverton to Durango. The high mineral content of the river stained the rocks an orange color. The railroad went through deep gorges and along the ledges cut into the canyon walls. We also went into sidings to allow many passenger trains and some work trains to pass. The scenery was outstanding and the weather perfect.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - Chama, New Mexico

The three day excursion on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad took the participants through a variety of terrains. The severe damage from the pine bark beatle was clearly evident. We passed the railroads student and passenger trains in several locations. The weather was warm and sunny during the day with afternoon scattered rain.

Grand Canyon Railroad - Williams, Arizona

The Grand Canyon excursion ran on the railroad built in 1901 running from Williams, Arizona north approximately 64 miles. The excursion ran through pine forests, miles of cedar, and across grass covered plains. When we arrived at the canyon the weather was clear; however, a passing cloud started to drop snow. Within one hour it was impossibe to see the other side of the canyon. The next morning I took a special bus to observe the canyon at sunrise. Right after the motorcar operators posed for a picture at the depot and the train from Williams arrived, we started our trip back to Williams for the setoff.

On the way back to Texas I decided to visit the meteor crater at Winslow, Arizona. The crater, almost a mile wide, was created by a meteor hitting the open plain at approximately 26,000 miles per hour. Looking northwest from the crater you can see Humphreys Peak near Flagstaff.

2021 Motorcar Excursions

Farmrail System (spring run) - Clinton, OK

The Farmrail System had the best turnout in the history of the run. Over 25 motorcars from all over the United States attended the two day excursion. The railroad staff was friendly and the weather perfect. Definitely, one of the best excursion values available to motorcar operators today!

Red River Valley & Western Railroad - Lamoure, North Dakota

The North Dakota excursion was run of a system entirely made with welded rail. The original 85 pound rail was replaced with used 115 pound welded rail purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad. Our escort vehicle was a new boom truck purchased by the railroad. The weather started off sunny but quickly turned windy with intermittent rain. Overall, it was a great run on a well maintained railroad.

Dakota Missouri Valley & Western Railroad, Britton, South Dakota

The railroad is owned by the State of South Dakota and it provides shipping routes to either the Union Pacific Railroad to the west or BNSF to the north. The day started out foggy but the weather quickly cleared and remained gorgeous for the rest of the run. The rail was jointed but was well maintained. One day we started out at 8:00 AM and ran late into the night. We returned at 10:00 PM in the evening.

One of the most unique additions to the excursion was a fold down portable toilet. It took only a minute to expand the unit, insert two pins and have the unit ready to receive anxious excursion participants!

Coos Bay Rail Line - Veneta, Oregon

The Coos Bay Rail Line was an outstanding excursion that included three long swing bridges, nine tunnels, numerous smaller bridges and unique sand dunes. The tunnels ranged from 471 feet to 4,183 feet in length. The three swing bridges, constructed in 1914 by the American Bridge Company, were 1600 feet, 3046 feet and 3,450 feet in length. The weather was perfect and the excursion proved to be one of the best in the United States.

Farmrail System (fall run) - Clinton, Oklahoma

Once again the friendly Farmrail staff provided a fantastic motorcar excursion. Eleven motorcars spent two perfect days on the Oklahoma plains. As you can see the railroad is continually updating its right of way with new ties and ballast. Because of President Biden's shortsighted moritorium on oil fracking, hundreds of idle fracking sand covered hopper cars are stored in seveal locations throughout the system. This excursion continues to be one of the best values for the motorcar enthusiast!

The Motorcar Fleet

Beaver Motorcar (Onan CCKB)


The Beaver motorcar was hidden away in a conex at Brown Rail. In May 2021 I was finally able to purchase the motorcar and start the conversion for NARCOA compliance. I recently installed windows but I still need to add seats and a tow bar. This motorcar is unique because the original powerplant has been replaced with a NOS Onan CCKB engine, NOS Fairmont transmission and duplex chain drive. Since the motorcar was built it has never been driven on the rails. Like the red MT-14L Tomah cab motorcar I also bought at Brown's, I will have to remove the mouse nest from the engine.

Fairmont A-4D (3-Cylinder Lister-Petter Diesel)

The A-4D was the first motorcar that I purchased. The car had been overhauled by the previous owner so the only improvements I made was to add an intercom system and new console. Eventually the pedestal seats from my Tomah Cab car were added to this car when the suspension system was installed in the other car. This year I purchased a set of cast steel wheels and the original heater. This spring I installed a new clutch, cast steel wheels, new radiator vibration isolation mounts, a new radiator core and rebuilt the original heater with a new core and fan motor.

Fairmont A-4D (2-Cylinder Mitsubishi Diesel)

The motorcar was in really rough shape when I brought it back from Florida. I had originally purchased the motorcar for the diesel engine only; however, when I got it home I decided it would be a real challenge to restore the motorcar to running condition.

The A-5E restoration project is well underway. The chassis has been cleaned, straightened, and repainted. All the bearings in the transmission and rear end have been replaced. The radiator fan, fan belt, clutch, and alternator are new. The old wheels were discarded and new wheels installed along with new bonded brake shoes. The radiator core was replaced and the inlet and outlet were moved to match the engines specifications. The new decking, fuel system and wiring completed the restoration. Eventually, I replaced the engine injectors and injector lines, and upgraded the motorcar with new cast steel wheels.

Fairmont MT-14L Standard Gauge (Kubota Z-600 Diesel)


The Ontario Northland motorcar was in sad shape when it was purchased. The wiring was riddled with splices and bad connections. The entire inner surface had been sprayed with glue and covered with hard rubber matting. The brakes were bad, the turntable did not have an alarm, the fire extinguisher was empty although the gauge showed it was full, it had the wrong front axle improperly adjusted, and the fluids and filters hadn't seen attention for a long time.

The Ontario Northland motorcar was totally upgraded with all new wiring, completely new fuel system, new center console, new intercom system, new bonded brakes, new aluminum lift handles, four new wheels, new front axle and bearings, and a new paint scheme. I took this motorcar on my runs this year in Texas, Georgia, Washington, Idaho, and Montana where it performed flawlessly. After an excursion in Colorado in 2017, I replaced the engine injectors and injector lines to improve performance.

Fairmont MT-14L Standard Gauge (Kubota Z-600 Diesel)

This car is an unrestored example of an Ontario Northland MT-14L with the Kubota Z-600 diesel. I really didn't need another motorcar but I couldn't resist buying a car just as it came from the railroad. This will join my two other ONR cars with Kubota diesels once the winter ends and the snow melts.

The motorcar was tricky to load. We were on a busy highway and on a blind curve. I had to back into a ditch and between a tree and large stone pillar. Luckily, I was able to line the trailer up with the motorcar. The 9,000 pound winch easily pulled the car onto the trailer. The all that was left was the 2,162 mile drive home.

I decided to convert this motorcar back to the original MT-14L configuration. After the roof and front of the cab were removed, I had the radiator recored, the alternator rebuilt and installed new radiator hoses. Luckily, I have all the parts for the conversion in my parts I bought at Browns.

I installed an original NOS MT-14L front and used 8 ft. roof panels to make a peaked roof. I did retain the original rear steel frame. The plexiglass rear window will be replaced with safety glass and the frame covered with an aluminum panel.

The railroad originally had a modified instrument panel installed; however, it did not fit correctly. That panel was scrapped and a correct NOS panel installed. The drive chain, idler sprockets and gas tank were also replaced. Next on the list will be new gauges, new switches, a fuse panel (the railroad didn't have a fuse anywhere in the car), new wiring and lights. A large piece of 1/8" aluminum was purchased and used to replace the corroded steel back. After the window was cut out, the LED rear lights and the turntable controls were added.

The motorcar assembly is almost complete. Now I have to fit the wood console and engine cover and then disassemble the motorcar for painting. The motorcar was brought up to NARCOA standards complete with a turntable audible alarm and warning light.

Fairmont MT-14L Tomah Cab (Onan Engine)


This car was modified by the Tomah Car Shops of the Milwaukee Railroad after it was purchased from Fairmont. The motorcar was overhauled and fitted with a new suspension system, four new wheels, new bonded brakes, stainless steel six gallon gas tank, new seats, new control console, new floor mats, and a 110 watt radio. In 2017 I installed a pair of Pyle National miniature caboose marker lights to the rear of the motorcar.

Fairmont MT-14L Narrow Gauge (Onan Engine)

This motorcar was originally sold to the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1975. It was subquently converted to narrow gauge several years later. In the coming months the original gasoline powered Onan engine will be replaced with a brand new Kubota diesel; thereby eliminating the problems associated with running gasoline engines at high altitudes. I have a setup for a hydrostatic drive but I have decided to replace this drive with an Onan Manual transmission. I recently received the clutch adapter and bellhouse ring for the final conversion.

Fairmont MT-14 (Kubota Z-600 Diesel - Hydrostatic Drive)

This motorcar has a Kubota diesel but the drive is fluid (hydrostatic). Not many of these cars were produced and information about the drive system is very limited. I bought the motorcar for the diesel engine; however, my plans have changed and it will be my next restoration project.

The original cab was removed, cut up and land-filled. The deck was stripped and repainted. The control console was repainted and fitted with new switches and gauges. The motorcar contains a myriad of hydraulic lines that makes restoration a real challenge.

The center wood console was made from solid red oak and red oak 3/4" veneered plywood. The wood was assembled with stainless steel screws and then stained and coated with outdoor polyurethane. The front of the motorcar was assembled from new old stock Fairmont parts which will be disassembled. painted and then reassembled.

The fuel tank had to be mounted near the front of the motorcar because there was no room under the console at the back of the motorcar once the battery box was installed. The oil cooler was mounted in front of the radiator.

Fairmont A-4 (2-Cylinder Mitsubishi Diesel)

This motorcar was purchased as a standby only. It has a Mitsubishi 21.5 horsepower S2E2 diesel engine like the A-5E shown earlier. The cab has been fitted with a massive structural support that allowed the railroad to lift the motorcar with a crane. Fold down footrests were utilized to increase the crew comfort and capacity of the motorcar. The motorcar weighs 2800 pounds.

Fairmont A-4 (2-Cylinder Mitsubishi Diesel)

This motorcar was purchased as a standby only. It has a Mitsubishi 21.5 horsepower S2E2 diesel engine like other Canadian Pacific motorcars. We had to use a crane to extract the car from a closely packed line of motorcars in storage. It was loaded on my trailer with four A-4E motorcar roof frames, cast steel wheels, and two M-19 roofs still in the original Fairmont wooden crates.

Although this motorcar was purchased as a standby only, when it was moved to the storage track I started its restoration. I spent the first day removing the majority of the old wood, wiring, and lighting. My next task will be removing the pressed wheels and replacing them with cast steel wheels.

Like most restorations I do, I removed the radiator to have it recored. The alternator was rebuilt and a new cooling fan and fan belt are installed.

I finally replaced the bent axle and installed a full set of cast steel wheels and new brakes. I replaced all the wood on the car and installed a new exhaust system before installing the floor on the right side of the motorcar. All the metal surrounding the engine had to be replaced or constructed from scratch.

Finally, the Canadian Pacific open car is done. I had to totally rebuild the engine compartment and control panels. The railroad simply used whatever they had on hand to maintain the motorcar and often the repairs were slipshod at best. It is amazing what new paint, switches and gauges can do.

I removed the rearend cover, transmission, and clutch access cover and found the the parts were practically new with no corrosion or damage.

Fairmont A-4 (3-Cylinder Mitsubishi Diesel)

This motorcar has a Mitsubishi 33 horsepower S3E2 diesel engine. The cab has been fitted with a massive structural support that allowed the railroad to lift the motorcar with a crane. Unlike the 2-cylinder version shown earlier, this car is all steel and weighs 3200 pounds.

I had not planned on restoring this motorcar, but since I completed my other restorations I began to restore this car. I had the radiator recored, changed all the fuel, air and oil filters, and started to remove all the paint. The engine started quickly even after nine years of sitting out in the weather. I recently replaced the stamped wheels with new cast steel wheels and totally rebuilt all the braking system with new parts. Luckily, the cab is all steel so I won't have to do much work to get it ready for painting.

Fairmont A-4 (4-Cylinder Ford Engine)

This is an A-4D that was used on the Alaska Railroad. It is powered by a Ford 4-cylinder engine. It has not been modified since it was purchased from the railroad. The motorcar has cast steel wheels, 4-wheel chain drive and rail sweeps that are made of heavy steel blades for snow removal.

We had to use a crane to lift the motorcar from a closely packed line of cars and place it on my trailer. Both the rear end and transmission could not be actuated, so rolling the motorcar off the trailer in Texas was impossible. I had to take the top off the transmission (four speed with a reverse) and carefully unlock the shifting mechanism. I also cut the old floor out to access the rear end. After several hours of work, both the transmission and reversing rear end were in perfect working order and the unloading could commense.

The rear end and universal joint were stripped and repainted. All the wheel bearings were repacked and the oil in the differential changed. Most of the chassis has been disassembled. The radiator has been recored, the alternator has been rebuilt and a new starter, muffler, and drive chain installed. Luckily, I kept my motorcycle lift; it makes the removal and replacement of the heavy cast steel wheels manageable. Always replace all filters. Over time serious deterioration may have occurred. The motorcar is powered with a Ford 4-cylinder 134 CID industrial engine.

Fairmont A-4 (4-Cylinder Ford Engine)


I originally tried to purchase the cast steel wheels off this Alaska Railroad A-4D motorcar; however, the seller said I could have the entire car for the price of the wheels alone. This purchase was a "no brainer". I received a complete car with the Ford 4-cylinder industrial engine, excellent transmission with a reverse gear, a perfect rear end and numerous good body parts. The motorcar has a solid front axle and is set up for four wheel drive.

On my birthday, I picked up the A-4 in Granite City, IL and transported the motorcar back to Texas. Since I have so many A-cars, I don't [lan to retore the car bit I will offer this car for sale in the future.

Fairmont A-4E (4-Cylinder Ford Engine)

While I was in Granite City, I purchased this motorcar for two reasons. First, the car was basically complete and second, it was equipped with the mounting brackets for a Fairmont turntable which I had purchased two years ago and never installed in any of my motorcars. I bought the turntable for my A-4D with the Lister-Petter diesel engine, but it was too dificult to make all the brackets necessary to mount the unit. This motorcar is also unique because the chain for the four-wheel drive is exterior to the wheels. The brakes are foot actuated not hand actuated and it is equipped with a parking brake like an automobile. The purchase also included brand new side and end panels.

I recently found and purchased the entire side chain drive and cover for an A-4E motorcar. The drive is rather ugly, but my goal in restoring any motorcar is to keep the car in its original configuration. I was also able to find a complete original Fairmont turntable made specifically for the A-4E cars. I will have the hydraulic rams overhauled before I install the turntable. The other challenge was finding a company that could manufacture new drive sprockets to fit on the wheel pedestals. Froedge Machine & Supply Company in Tompkinsville, Kentucky was able to machine the necessary sprockets.

I recently removed the original pressed wheels and installed NOS wheels. Once that was done, I added the pedestals, new sprockets, new brake blocks and brake shoes. I removed all the wiring and started disassembling the cab, one side at a time. All the cab parts will be replaced with new parts purchased at Browns.

Now that the cab is removed the alternator has been rebuilt, the radiator recored and the top removed from the transmission and rear end to check the gearing.

Fairmont A-6 (6-Cylinder Ford Engine)

I resisted the temptation and bought this Fairmont A-6 which originally came from the Alaska Railroad. The motorcar is powered by a Ford inline six cylinder engine and rides on 20 inch cast steel wheels. During the restoration I will remove and discard the plywood doors and sides made by the railroad. I was able to find a new gas tank, four new shock absorbers, four new axle boxes with installed bearings, and new body panels for the A-6 in the motorcar parts I purchased from Brown Railroad Equipment Company in Granite City, IL.

I recently drove to Eugene, Oregon to pick up an original Fairmont turntable made specifically for the A-6F motorcar. I also had the original carburetor rebuilt.

Fairmont A-4D (4-Cylinder Isuzu Diesel)

I bought this A-4D motorcar at the Brown Rail auction on 22 March 2018. The car is powered by a 4-cylinder Isuzu diesel engine. This is one of the few cars that I don't have to totally restore before it hits the rails.

The Isuzu motorcar needed little work to make it completely NARCOA compliant. I had the alternator rebuilt, changed all the air, fuel and oil filters, installed a new fan belt and fuel lines, sanded all the decking to ensure the wood was in good condition, and bought 1/2" aircraft grade aluminum diamond plate for the center floor areas. I still need to upgrade the lighting and straighten the four rail sweeps.

The radiator was removed to have a new copper core installed. While it was out I replaced the radiator mounts and all the radiator hoses. The front grate was also removed to straighten the bent frame. Four new tail/brake lights were installed and the rail sweeps completely rebuilt. The old rusted hardware was removed and renewed with stainless steel hardware. The required NARCOA tow bar was added to the front bumper.

The next part of the restoration is the replacement of the wood decking. Once the pieces were properly prepared, the wood was stained and covered with polyurethane for weather resistence. A new 10-gallon stainless steel fuel tank replaced the original tank. The brake blocks looked good at a distance, but upon closer examination, were cracked and rotting. All the brake blocks were replaced when the cast steel wheels were installed.

Improved Brake Blocks for A-Cars

Over the years I have bought several sets of A-car brake blocks. I have been frustrated by the carriage bolts used to secure the hook assembly in the center of the block. The carriage bolt will turn in an old block or in a new block if you over tighten the nut and then try to loosen the nut. I recently ordered eight blocks from Thunderhill Services. When I expressed my frustration with the carriage bolts they modified the hole to accept a square headed bold. This bolt will not turn in the block. They also include square headed bolts to secure the brake shoe to the block. This was how Fairmont secured the brakes. Other manufactures put hex head bolts in the square holes. I have had several bolts rotate in the hole when trying to tighten or loosen the nuts. Thunderhill Services (found on the NARCOA site) also coats the blocks with polyurethane to protect the blocks from the elements. They are the best blocks I have found anywhere!

The motorcar has been totally restored and successfully tackled the 3.5% grades of LaVeta Pass (9400 Feet) in Colorado. The railroad maintenance personnel were so impressed with the performance of the motorcar that they tried for two days to purchase the car from me.

Fairmont MT-14L Tomah Cab (Onan Engine)

The MT-14L was originally restored for the owner of Brown Railroad Equipment Company of Granite City, IL. The restoration was performed by Steve Paluso, the "Michelango of Motorcar Restorations". The entire car was built with NOS Fairmont parts: new engine, transmission, hydraulic turntable, floor and tunnel panels, console, wheels, brakes, axles, gas tank, full vibration and sound isolation, and other assorted parts. Everything was powder coated in dark red, the owner's wife's favorite color. To ensure everything was operational, the motorcar was taken on a twenty mile break in run. That was the only time the car was ever operated. I had tried unsuccessfully on many earlier trips to Granity City to purchase the motorcar. With plenty of cash in hand, I was able to strike a deal for the car and bring it back to Texas.

As you can see the entire motorcar was built with NOS parts. I did have to relocate the rail sweeps, add an electric fuel pump, and add a tow bar to make the car NARCOA compliant.

Fairmont A-4D (4-Cylinder Ford Engine)


On my 30th trip to Browns in Granite City, Illinois I purchased three more A-4Ds and all the belt car parts the company has. This car was used by the British Columbia Railroad and has a unique full width front window.

The BC Rail motorcars have enormous twin fan heaters to keep the cabs warm. I bought two of these cars from Browns because of this feature. The motorcars also have large gas tanks which are filled from outside the car and a battery storage compartment also accessed from the back of the car.

Fairmont A-4D (4-Cylinder Ford Engine)


On my 31th trip to Browns in Granite City, Illinois I brought back the second British Columbia Rail A-car that I had previously purchased. I don't plan to restore this motorcar. If I can't sell the car will be disassembled for parts.


Fairmont A-4D (4-Cylinder Ford Engine)


Since I already have two open motorcars restored, this car will be sold or disassembled for parts.

Fairmont A-4 (4-Cylinder Waukeshaw Engine)


This motorcar was purchased as a source of parts only. I have no intention of restoring the car. Once the wood was removed, the roof and the rest of the motorcar was disassembled. The transmission and rear end were practically new, so they are going to be used to build another motorcar. The Waukashaw engine turns over and was sold and the structural steel beams were salvaged.

Fairmont A-4 (4-Cylinder Waukeshaw Engine)


Like the motorcar shown above, this motorcar was purchased as a source of parts only. I have no intention of restoring the car. The car's drive train is in great shape and the roof is salvageable. The A-4 was finally loaded and on its way to San Antonio.

The motorcar has undergone some disassembly. The Waukesha ICK engine was in excellent condition and turns over easily. The radiator was also in excellent condition. Both the engine and radiator will be sold. I plan to keep the transmission, rear end and use the frame to build a narrow gauge motorcar.

A-4 Narrow Gauge - (Diesel Engine)

I have decided to convert a couple of my motorcars to narrow gauge. I am going to use the chassis from the car above to begin the conversion. I have already had two sets of front and rear axles machined. I am using solid, one-piece front axles so I can make the motorcars four wheel drive. All the steel hardware is being replaced with stainless steel hardware.

Kalamazoo Motorcar (4-Cylinder Ford Flathead)

This was another motorcar that I purchased at the Brown Rail auction on 22 March 2018. It is powered by a Ford industrial flathead engine. The car has a unique drive system and both axles are secured to the frame with a single leaf spring. The axle blocks allow about 1.5 inches of independent vertical travel. The motorcar was parked at Brown's for about 20 years allowing a tree to grow up through the frame.

Recently I started to restore the Kalamazoo motorcar. The first task was to access the condition of the drivetrain. The rearend had massive ring gears. The entire unit had surface rust (easily removed) but nothing that would degrade its operation. I was surprised to find out that the main 3-speed transmission had curved teeth like the ring gears in the rear end and was syncromeshed.

Fairmont M-5 Sickle Mower (Two Wisconsin ACN Engines)

Recently I purchased this M-5 Series A Fairmont sickle mower to restore. The mower is powered by two Wisconsin single cylinder engines. The mower requires two operators, each operator controlling one sickle.

In May 2020 I drove to Tenneesee to get the M-5 Series A mower. Unfortunately, the lower mower assemblies hit the trailer ramps and after an hour of unsuccessful attempts, we decided to lift the mower up and set it on the trailer. On the way home I diverted to Granite City, IL to pick up more parts from Browns. That was my 32nd trip there.

Many of the components of the mower were beyond repair. The large center tank had to be fabricated from scratch. The sickle arm braking system had to be rebuild with all hardware stainless steel. The original wood deck was totally absent and the replacement was made from weather resistant Trex-deck.

The two Wisconsin ACN engines required extensive rebuilding to make them operationsl. The original engine on the left was restored to near mint running condition as seen on the right. The engines have been installed and now the final adjustment must be made.

The three drive belts on each sickle have been installed and the mower is now complete.

Fairmont W64-A-1 Hydraulic Derrick (Wisconsin Engine)

I purchased a very rare, hydraulically-powered W64-A-1 derrick with a 13 foot boom from the Smythville Texas Railroad Museum. Between exposure to the elements and local vandals, the derrick was almost beyond restoration: however, the brakes have been replaced, there is new decking, all the boom cables were replaced, the Wisconsin 9 h.p. engine has been totally overhauled and new hydraulic lines purchased. I just have to add hydraulic oil and connect the gas tank and the project will be completed.

Fairmont Rail Cart (EJ & E Railroad)



I purchased this rail cart and two axles at an estate auction in Northern Missouri because they had cast steel wheels. The cart was extremely heavy so I removed the steel decking, winch, axle supports and wheels (about 650 pounds). I also repaired one end of the cart where it had been rammed and the steel structure distorted.

I replaced the cast steel wheels, painted the steel structure, replaced the steel decking with pressure treated lumber and fastened everything down with stainless steel hardware.


I purchased a very rare, brand new complete MT-19 enclosed cab that has never been on a motorcar. This was eventually converted to an operational MT-19.

I purchased this ATSF for the rolling chassis for the motorcar cab shown above. In the coming months, when space is available, I will strip the motorcar down to the bare chassis and begin a complete restoration.

I stripped the AT&SF MT-19 chassis and removed the B48G engine from the MT-14M so they can be combined with the NOS MT-19 cab purchased from Browns. These and NOS parts needed to complete the restoration will be transported to Steve Paluso in California. The result will be a new MT-19 that is powder coated, fully sound insulated, with a NOS hydraulic turntable and 110 watt radio.

After driving 1775 miles in two days, I finally arrived in San Jose, California. Steve Paluso will begin the transformation of this NOS cab and parts into an operational MT-19 motorcar.

The MT-19 had a NOS hydraulic turntable installed. Because the powder coating process required the parts to be heated to over 350 degrees. the roof and back panels were replaced with thicker aluminum which would not warp during the heating process.

The builder, Steve Paluso, took the completed motorcar to the Niles Canyon Railway in Fremont, California for a quick test run. As expected, the motorcar performed flawlessly. The motorcar was taken to the Farmrail System in Oklahoma in 2021 where it again performed flawlessly. This is a testament to Steve Paluso's attention to detail in building some of the finest motorcars on the rail today!

MT-14 M


I purchased a MT-14M motorcar in Granite City, Illinois in late 2016. We used a crane to lift the car from a line of motorcars and place it on my trailer. While the cab was incomplete, I was able to buy the needed replacement parts for most all the Fairmont motorcars. The B-48G engine was virtually new with the hone marks clearly visible in the cylinders. The chassis will need to be disassembled and the corroded components replaced. I already have new wheels, cylinder heads, rail sweeps, seat brackets, engine gauges, lights and other electrical components purchased. This project won't be started for about a year since I burried many of the car's walls and doors behind the myriad of motorcar parts I have.

Retirement Activities

P-51 Mustang Ride

I decided to live each day like it was my last. With this in mind, I recently took an hour flight in the P-51 Mustang pictured here. The flight, costing $2200.00 for 30 minutes, consisted of 360 degree rolls, four-point rolls, flying inverted, flying in very close formation with another aircraft and the pinnacle of the flight was two simulated bombing and straffing runs over Calavaras and Braunig Lakes. The flight gave me a great appreciation for stamina and courage of the pilots who flew these fighters in WW II!!

B-29 Superfortress Ride

In early September I had a ride in the bombardier's position in the B-29 Fifi. The bombardier's position is the favorite position because it is in the nose of the aircraft just below and in the front of the pilot and copilot. The view was spectacular but watching the landing from this position had my heart racing! The $1450.00 cost of the flight was minor in comparision to the cost of operating this aircraft: $2,000,000.00 a year!

B-17 Flying Fortress Ride

In March 2019 I took a ride in the B-17 Flying Fortress. The highlight of the flight was looking out the top hatch while we were flying. I had to remove my hat and glasses so the 180 mph air stream didn't rip everything off.

Model Railroading

During inclement weather, I can always continue my fascination with railroads by operating my HO model railroad (now under construction). The railroad is designed to represent the New Haven Railroad's mainline with overhead electrification.


I decided to indulge myself on the cruise and buy a Rolex watch as my Christmas present to myself. The watch has 54 diamonds around the edge of the case and 10 diamonds marking the hour positions on the dial. The wrist band is stainless steel and solid 18K gold. Another item to cross off my "bucket list".

I couldn't resist buying another Rolex watch for Christmas. This watch has 54 diamonds around the edge of the case and 10 diamonds marking the hour positions. The band and watch case are solid 18K gold with both the date and day of the week displayed.

2022 Cruises

Western Carribean

This was my final cruise for 2022. The weather was perfect with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Everything on the ship was decorated for the Christmas holiday. The culinary staff displayed their skills with a village done entirely in chocolate and a demonstration of ice carving on the Lido deck.

The main reason I took this cruise was to go back and purchase another Rolex watch. This watch has a band and case made of 18 kt gold. It has 62 diamonds and displays both the day of the week and month. I'm sure the commission on the watch for the salesman made his Christmas more enjoyable.

Eastern Carribean

Key West was the first stop on the cruise. The full moon could be seen in between the morning clouds. At dusk, the sunset was gorgeous. The city had some unique buildings like the red brick museum above.

Underwater lights on yachts docked below our ship cast unusual patterns in the water. When we docked at Freeport the weather was clear. I was able to tour the island and a nature preserve before the torrential rains began. In Nassau we were joined by the Carnival Sunshine. A Royal Carribean ship docked a short time later. We left and headed for Galveston behind the tropical storm. As luck would have it, we encountered a cold front, torrential rains, thunder storns and rough seas. The weather turn clear and cold by the time our cruise ended in Galveston.

This was my first cruise to the eastern Carribean. This voyage was scheduled to visit 4 ports: Key West, Florida and three ports in the Bahamas (Freeport, Half Moon Cay and Nassau). Unfortunately, there was a tropical storm coming through the Bahamas during the cruise and we had to pass Half Moon Cay and most of the shore excursions in Nassau were cancelled. Often the sunrises and sunsets were picture perfect.

Western Carribean

This was the 50th anniversary for Carnival Cruise Lines. This voyage went to 3 ports, the first being Costa Maya. Here we docked with only one other ship, the Carnival Madri Gras. Then we headed out for Belize. The weather was perfect when we first arrived but it quickly turned overcast with numerous torrential rains.

The third port on the cruise was Cozamel. Here we docked early in the morning. Later we were joined by two other Carvinal ships: Carnival Vista (out of Galveston, Texas) and Carnival Paradise (out of Tampa, Florida). The weather was perfect and the ocean turned to glass as we headed home to Galveston. Once we arrived in Galveston, it started to rain and this continued for two hours. Overall, it was great to be able to go on cruises again!

2019 Cruises

Western Carribean

I visited the Mayan Ruins at Tulum on the Mexican mainland. The weather was gorgeous with no indication of the looming storm.

The ship did not stop in Belize as planned. Everything seemed normal on board; however, the storm was approaching. The Captain attempted to avoid the storm as indicated by the erratic course on the ship's display. As we approached Honduras the winds exceeded 35 knots and the waves were 10-14 feet high. We watch as we skipped yet another port. We headed north to make an unscheduled stop in Costa Maya Mexico.

There were extensive Mayan ruins at Chacchoben. After touring the ruins we returned to the ship and headed home to Galveston.

2018 Cruises

Western Carribean

There were many interesting things to look at on this cruise: lovely ladies playing the violins, marble floors throughout the ship and the culinary arts of the ship staff.

Many of the days on the cruise were marked with frequent storms and high winds. We were able to dock in Mexico and Jamaica; however, because of the high winds and rough seas, we did not go ashore at Grand Cayman.

The storms were everywhere, but they did provide some beautiful sunsets. The ship's staff had a display of their towel folding talents. The next day the pool was drained because the ship was rocking back and forth to such an extent that the water was sloshing out of the pool area.

Faithful Companions

Life is great when you are "owned" by a cat. This is Lovebug my faithful and loving companion who was rescued near Rosenberg Texas after being "dumped" by the side of the road by some thoughtless person.

Lovebug is enjoying life every chance she can! She spends the majority of her day sleeping.

Coyotes and wild hogs living in the area pose a serious threat to domestic animals, so Lovebug and Noel have an outdoor pen which they can access through a elavated tunnel from the porch. I had to install a custom made spiral ladder for Lovebug because of her advanced age (9 years old). Lovebug needed a companion so I adopted Noel from the Animal Defense League of Texas. Life has definitely changed with two cats!

Trouble With a Capital "T"

Early this summer a feral cat decided to have a litter of kittens in my Ontario Northland MT-14L motorcar. Originally, I only found four kittens. Several days later I found another kitten inside my drained pool. I put this kitten with the other four and continued to feed the mother so she would stay with the five kittens. One night she moved two kittens, then moved another the next morning. The second night she moved the forth kitten but she would not take the fifth kitten. I decided to bottle feed this kitten. I brought it to the vet to get the feeding bottle and formula and make sure the kitten was healthy. The kitten is so lovable and has plenty of personality. The other cats are aware of her existence but have ignored her for now. Life is certainly full of twists and turns!!


Moose cuddles up to his moose for comfort when she is in his travel box or relaxing in my master bathroom tub. Unlike some of the people I know, Moose appreciates my beard as a great spot to place her head for a quick nap!

Like most cats, Moose spends the majority of the day sleeping. How else can she get the energy to totally destroy my bathroom?

For some reason all three cats want to constantly lay in front of the computer to get some attention.

Over the years, everybody has learned to tolerated each other and get along most of the time!

Noel loves to stick her head in my slippers and take a quick nap if she can't find a place on the furniture. Lovebug decides it is time to take a nap after she is done inspecting my packing expertise in preparation for a motorcar excursion.

Noel and Moose love to sleep in the master bathroom sinks. If that doesn't work, Noel can always take a nap on my office desk. It is often difficult to work at the computer when Moose lounges on the floor, Lovebug plops herself in front of the TV and Noel climbs into my lap.

Trying to watch TV is always a challenge when the cats are in the house. Luckily, Moose can "chill out" by herself and not park herself on my chest like Lovebug.