Lombard tractor

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by willy4, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. willy4

    willy4 Member

    While doing research for my logging module I came across an article about hauling logs back in 1900. Pictures of a steam driven tractor. Modeltech Studies makes kits for HO & O, but none for N so I kit bashed one. The first picture is of real one and then my kitbash.


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  2. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    Very nice work Bill
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Nicely done:thumb:

  4. Uintah Dave

    Uintah Dave Member

    Nice looking tractor. NG&SL Gazette had an article about those a while back. I always thought they were cool.
  5. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Great looking model. Even more so considering that its N scale.
  6. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Verrrry nice! :thumb:

    In fact, I would rather have yours! :cool:
  7. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    Impressive! Your finishing and weathering is terrific!
  8. beamish

    beamish HO & Steam Engineer

    Looks good

    That halftrack looks pretty good. My father has operated the diesel version of that Lynn Tractor/Truck just like that for many years at a museum in Maniotba. He will enjoy seeing these pics.
  9. willy4

    willy4 Member

    Thanks guys for the coments. Next project is Lombard Rail Truck.
  10. McGilliCutty

    McGilliCutty New Member

    So would it take a crew of three to operate that thing? 1 fireman, 1 to operate the running gear and one in the front to steer?
  11. willy4

    willy4 Member


    Typically, it had a four-man crew engineer, fireman, conducor and steerer.
    A bell rope was provided so the conductor, near the rear, could communicate
    with the front cab.
  12. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Very nive model. what did you use for the tracks?
  13. willy4

    willy4 Member


    I used the tracks from a Backhoe kit made by Railway Express Miniatures kit #
    2161. The water tank is a 1/2" brass tube with furnace tape rolled around it with a pounce wheel on the back side to make rivets. The smoke stack and steam boiler is from an 0-6-0. The frame is 3/32 brass. All the rest are scatch built.

  14. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Here's some additional info on the Lombard and other similar tractors. See the current issue (#42)of Timber Times magazine. There are several pages of photos.
  15. willy4

    willy4 Member

    Timber Times


    Where can you get Timber Times. I went to my hobby shop, they never heard of it. Do you have to subscribe to it.
    Thanks for the info.
  16. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Timber Times, is apparently not a high volume sales item, and most hobby shops do not carry it. The one I worked at, until it went into bankruptcy, carried it, which is how I came to be aware of all the good stuff it had. It is a quarterly publication, and the rates depend on location, and choice of mailing, and range from $22.00 for domestic/standard mail, to $47.00 foriegn/air mail.
    You can subscribe. check out Timber Times, Inc.
    Their mailing address is:
    Timber Times
    P.O.Box 219
    Hillsboro, Or 97123

    Email: lokie@timnertimes.com
  17. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Bill: I subscribe to Timber Times (a quarterly magazine) and also TallTimber Short Lines (also a quarterly). Some hardcore hobby shops here in the West carry both publications. Here's the address for TimberTimes. P.O. Box 219 Hillsboro, OR 97123. Hillsboro is a suburb of Portland. Both magazines cover the entire North American and occasional international logging history scene.
  18. roughneck

    roughneck New Member

    Lombard Builder

    Hello Bill
    I too I'm interested in the Lombard. I've hit a road block with my HO scale version. Need some help with the chain drive. How did you build the one on your model? To date I considered the drive from Jordan trucks and NWSL drive chain but have not been happy with either. Any suggestions?

    David F
  19. willy4

    willy4 Member



    Not sure if you mean the tracks (chain drive). At first I thought of using the tracks from a military tank, but found a Railway Express Miniatures kit and used the tracks from the kit. My tractor is in N scale so I am not familiar with HO kits. Modeltech Studies have a HO kit.
    Sorry if I can't help you.

  20. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    thats a very sweet looking tractor! i might just have to build one for my logging layout!--josh

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