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Maintenance of Way Equipment

The Museum Collection includes equipment required for most rail operations. This category includes everything from motive power to move workers and equipment to special purpose machinery used to build and maintain our demonstration railroad.

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Plymouth Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

The Museum's Diesel Hydraulic Switcher was built in 1960 by the Plymouth Locomotive Works in Plymouth, Ohio for the Dundee Cement Company. It served at their Independence Ohio plant until it was retired in the early 2000's. It was donated to the Museum in August of 2012 by the factility's current owner's, Holcim (US) Incorporated, and has been returned to active service at the Museum.

Plymouth Diesel Locomotive Specifications:

Type:    Internal Combustion Locomotive

Description:    Model DDT, Type 6, 2 Axle, Diesel Hydraulic

Builder:    Plymouth Locomotive Works, Division of the Fate-Root-Heath Co, Plymouth, Ohio

Year Built:    1960

Aquired by NORM:    2012

Dimensions:    Length: 13ft. 6in., Over Couplers: 16ft., Width: 5ft. 8in., Height: 7ft. 6in.

Weight:    20,000 lbs.

Seats:    1

Prime Mover:    Detroit Diesel Model 4-71-70 Internal Combustion Diesel Engine

Torque Converter:    Allison TCD535

Brakes:    Westinghouse H-2-F

Compressor:    Bendix-Westinghouse TU-FLOW 500

Prior Service Location:    Dundee Cement Company / Holcim (US) Inc., Independence, Ohio

Status:    In Service



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This photo shows the locomotive on the unloading track in front of the Prunkard Maintenance Building at NORM shortly after its arrival. (W. Stoner)



September of 2014 finds the locomotive in a fresh coat of paint in front of the Bennett Carhouse. (C. Legree)


The height of the coupler relative to the floor reveals the locomotive's diminutives size in this reverse view. (S. Heister)


First piece of equipment with the NORM logo! (C. Legree)



Even before getting a good clean up and a fresh coat of paint the Plymouth was hard at work at the Museum. Go to Norm Home Movies to watch a short video. 


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Whiting Trackmobile

The Trackmobile was created in 1947 to solve a railcar switching problem at the Whiting Corporation's Harvey Illinois facility. The old industrial locomotive they had used for years inside their plant frequently ended up parked on a blind siding blocked in by freight cars, losing hours of productivity. Employee Marshall Hartelius was charged with finding a way to resolve the bottleneck.

Hartelius saw it would save time if the locomotive could just drive where it was needed like a tractor and then set back on the track. He first designed a system with retractable ground wheels to mount on the locomotive, but found it was cumbersome and expensive to maintain and operate. Marshall scrapped his first design and built a lighter version from scratch. It had retractable hard rubber tires to move by road and flanged steel wheels to work on rail. To make up for the light chassis he developed a hydraulically operated coupler head that transferred some of the carís weight from its own springs to the car moverís wheels for traction.

A prototype designated the "Mule" was placed in service at the Whiting plant in 1948 and proved both functional and inexpensive to run. In 1950 Whiting put the invention into production. More than 10,000 Trackmobile units have been put into service.

Our Trackmobile was purchased from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services in 1986 and performed all of the switching duties at the Museum before Crane Car 0711 was operational.

Whiting Trackmobile Specifications:

Type:    Rail Car Mover

Description:    Model 2TMA

Builder:    Whiting Corporation, Harvey, Illinois

Year Built:    1955

Acquired by NORM:    1986

Dimensions:    Length: 7ft. 7in., Width: 7ft. 0in., Height: 7ft. 8in.

Weight:     6,720 lbs.

Seats:    1

Status:Out of Service    Out of Service


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Here is the Trackmobile with the Museum's 4-wheel inspection flat car in the summer of 2008. (B. C. Gage)


The trackmobile can be seen in action in 2012 in our Car Shuffle video at Norm Home Movies. 



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Cleveland Union Terminal Railroad Speeder # 016

Speeder 016 arrived at the CUT as an open car. The CUT later constructed a wooden body for it, probably at its Collinwood shops. The car's current body was constructed by the CTS in 1959 after the original wooden one was consumed by flames in a fire at the line's Windermere shops. In addition to seating a work crew of four, its powerful four-cylinder gasoline engine allowed it to tow several small flat cars loaded with heavy items like spikes, ties and spools of wire.

The car was re-numbered 016 when it was sold to the Cleveland Transit System in the 1950's and has carried that designation to this day. Its original number on the CUT roster is unknown. In 1964 it was sold to the Shaker Heights Rapid Transit line, where it was repainted in their distinctive yellow paint scheme as you see it today. It remained in service there into the RTA days.

CUT 016 Specifications:

Type:    Speeder

Description:    Track Inspection Car

Builder:    Buda Railcar Company

Year Built:    1944

Acquired by NORM:    2001

Seats:    4

Prime Mover:    Internal Combustion Gasoline Engine

Transmission:    4 Speed Manual W/Separate Reverser

Trucks:    2 Single Axle Wheel Sets, 1 Driven

Brakes:    Mechanical, 4-Wheels

Lines Served On:    Cleveland Union Terminal Railroad, Cleveland Transit System, Shaker Heights Rapid Transit, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Status:    Out of Service


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Here is a front view of 016 at the Museum's Members Weekend in August of 2008. (B. C. Gage)

The Buda Speeder 016 on display at the Museum. (B. C. Gage)



016 can be seen in action at the 2008 NORM Members Weekend Picnic at Norm Home Movies. 



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Kalamazoo Speeder

The Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company was located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and manufactured hand and push cars, speeders and other products needed for railroad work. The Company was founded in 1883 and closed its doors in the 1990s.



Kalamazoo Speeder Specifications:

Type:    Speeder

Description:    Model 27A Track Inspection Car

Builder:    Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo Michigan

Dimensions:    Length: 8ft. 6-3/4in., Width: 65in., Height: ft. in.

Weight:    1500 lbs. (approx.)

Seats:    2

Prime Mover:    Wisconsin Model V4E 4 Cylinder 22 HP Air-Cooled Internal Combustion Gasoline Engine

Transmission:    3-Speed Manual Transmission coupled to Kalamazoo Reverser, Dual Chain Drive to rear axle

Trucks:    2 Single Axle Wheel Sets, 1 Driven

Brakes:    Mechanical, 4-Wheels

Status:    Out of Service - Unrestored

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This view of the Kalamazoo Speeder shows the sheet metal front end that was applied by one of its prvious owners. (B.C. Gage)

This "cab view" photo shows original tubular steel front railing behind the front panel. What would appear to be a headlight in the center is actually the horn. The air cooled V4 gasoline engine is visible through what is left of the wood body panels. (B.C. Gage)

The speeder in outdoor storage in the spring of 2015. The planks on top have been placed there in preparation for tarping the car over to protect it from the elements while it awaits restoration. The original wooden roof will need to be rebuilt. (B.C. Gage)

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NORM People Mover X003

X003 is our People Mover, a four wheel flat car equipped with seats and steps that was built in the NORM shops. Seating eight, it functions both as an inspection car and a source of rides at our annual Member's Weekend.

NORM X003 Specifications:

Type:    People Mover

Description:    4-Wheel Flat Car w/Seats

Builder:    Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Year Built:    2002

Seats:    8

Trucks:    2 Single Axle Wheel Sets

Lines Served On:    Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Status:    In Service


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The People Mover provides members a view of the line at the Museum's Members Weekend in August of 2008. (B. C. Gage)


You can see NORM's Home-Built PeopleMover in action at the 2008 Annual Members Weekend Picnic at Norm Home Movies. 



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NORM Flat Car

This un-numbered four wheel flat car is similar in design and construction to X003 above and was also built in the NORM shops. It has been used for everything from moving heavy objects along our tracks to weed sprayer service and is an indispensable part of our maintenance fleet.

NORM Flat Specifications:

Type:    Work Flat

Description:    4-Wheel Flat Car

Builder:    Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Year Built:    2006

Trucks:    2 Single Axle Wheel Sets

Lines Served On:    Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Status:    In Service


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In this photo the flat car is spotted on the west loop by the Prunkard Maintenance Building with our derrick car. (B. C. Gage)


To see the car in weed sprayer service go to our Norm Home Movies page. 



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Cleveland Union Terminal Railroad Flat Car

Similar in design and construction to the flat cars above. This car was built for the Cleveland Union Terminals Company and was operated in line and overhead maintenance service trains pulled by speeders like 016 above. In addition to it's duties as a flat car it has also served as a mobile work bench for compresors and other heavy pieces of hardware.

CUT Flat Specifications:

Type:    Work Flat

Description:    4-Wheel Flat Car

Builder:    Cleveland Union Terminal Railroad

Trucks:    2 Single Axle Wheel Sets

Lines Served On:    Cleveland Union Terminal Railroad, Cleveland Transit System, Shaker Heights Rapid Transit, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Status:    In Service


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Seen here on track one outside of the Bennett Barn during a car move, the car has a load of tools and comperssors in the process of being rebuilt to be placed back in service. (S. Heister)

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Fairmount Flat Car

Built by the Fairmont Car Company, this four-wheeled flat car is of tubular steel construction and is currently in service combined with a portable air compressor to supply power for various tools used in track construction and maintenance tasks.

Fairmount Flat Specifications:

Type:    Work Flat

Description:    4-Wheel Flat Car

Builder:    Fairmount

Trucks:    2 Single Axle Wheel Sets

Lines Served On:    Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Status:    In Service


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The car is seen here in compressor service supplying air power to the ballast tampers. (S. Heister)

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Norfolk & Western Derrick Car

Once owned by the Norfolk & Western Railroad, this flat is equiped with a manually operated derrick and rail clamps to steady it when lifting. Coupled to one of our work flats it is useful for lifting and placing heavy objects like switch stands and rail frogs.

Norfolk & Western Flat Specifications:

Type:    Work Flat W/Derrick

Description:    4-Wheel Flat Car with Manual Derrick

Trucks:    2 Single Axle Wheel Sets

Lines Served On:    Norfolk & Western Railroad, Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Status:    In Service


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The Derrick is spotted on the west loop track next to the Prunkard Maintenance Building in the spring of 2015. A draw bar is used to link it to the NORM flat, a common practice on small work cars.(B. C. Gage)

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Track Maintenance Equipment

Like all rail operations, NORM requires a variety of specialized equipment to build and maintain its right-of-way. Below are several pieces currently in service.

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Spike Puller

Description:    Portable Mechanical / Hydraulic Rail Spike Extractor

Status:    In Service


The Spike Puller in storace in the McCarthy Carhouse. (B. C. Gage)

Tie Inserter

Description:    Portable Mechanical / Hydraulic Tie Inserter

Status:    In Service


The Tie Inserter in storace in the McCarthy Carhouse, the Spike Puller is visible beyond it. (B. C. Gage)

Spiker

Description:    Portable Mechanical / Hydraulic Rail Spike Driver

Status:    In Service


The Spiker in storace in the McCarthy Carhouse. (B. C. Gage)


Volunteers spiking new ties on the west loop track in preparation for overhead installation in the Fall of 2011. (B. C. Gage)



To see the Spiker in action at the Museum go to our Norm Home Movies page. 


Ballast Distributor

Description:    4-Wheel ballast distribution attachment for high rail dump truck

Builder:    Northern Ohio Railway Museum

Status:    In Service


The Ballast Distributor in storace in the Bennet Carhouse. (D. Schultz)


Designed to be towed behind the Museum's high rail dump truck, partitions distirbute the ballst evenly along the rails where it is needed to most. (B. C. Gage)


The Ballast Distributor was built in the Museum's shops and was completed in July of 2014. (B. C. Gage)

Ballast Tamper

Description:    4-Wheel Track Utility Machine equipped with Jackson Model 1000 Ballast Tampimg Heads

Status:    In Service


The Ballast Tamper is spotted on track 1 outside of the Bennett Barn with Buda Speeder 016 during a car shuffle. (S. Heister)


The business end of the tamper can be seen in this photograph of the car in storace in the Prunkard Maintenance Building. (B. C. Gage)

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