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    Not exactly the same thing but tracked locomotive-like log haulers were used in the lumbering industry. The Lombard log hauler shown here...

    Lombard Log Haulers in Bradley, Maine |

    is an example. It may not be a direct conversion of a locomotive but it certainly looks as if it were built by a locomotive builder.

    Note that it was not skid-steered with the tracks. The tracks provided propulsion but the monster was steered by a driver sitting on the platform in front of the boiler and angling the front wheels.
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    There WAS a steam-powered tank built. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_tank , but yeah, that one Jon posted, definitely a photoshop...unless it has magical treads that disappear on top...

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    tanks a lot Jon, really cool!

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    Still though, how cool would it be to build something like that? The only thing stopping me is time and money, both are in short supply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce.desertrat View Post
    There WAS a steam-powered tank built. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_tank , but yeah, that one Jon posted, definitely a photoshop...unless it has magical treads that disappear on top...
    It's not a photoshop job. The tracks are inboard of the engine gear where the locomotive wheels would have been. Look carefully at the rear top corner of the tracks where they pass over the idler - just under the cab. You can see the top of the track emerging from behind the engine gear.

    I'm guessing that the engine Jon pictured was built for a purpose similar to the log - hauler described in my earlier post. That is, it was probably used for hauling some heavy "stuff" in an area where the ground conditions necessitated a tracked vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by will52100 View Post
    Still though, how cool would it be to build something like that? The only thing stopping me is time and money, both are in short supply.
    A full size reproduction would be a bit much - in both time and money. A model, though, is possible.

    One of the fellows on our model engine forum built an exquisite working model of the Lombard Log Hauler. You might enjoy looking through his build log...

    http://www.modelenginemaker.com/inde...ic,6515.0.html

    Pack a lunch. It's a long, but detailed, description though well worth the time to read it.

    Right now, he's documenting his next build of a Marion steam shovel...

    Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel

    Just as impressive and instructive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
    It's not a photoshop job.
    You have rekindled my hopes; I need to look at this one more. It's easy to get jaded on the net, especially these days with the sheer volume of stuff that passes before our eyes.

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    More on the Lombard Hauler...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombard_Steam_Log_Hauler

    Note how the driver sits at the front of the boiler...



    Recent color video...



    Using gasoline-powered hauler to pull steam version from garage. The fellow with the full beard is the guy who built the model I mentioned in an earlier post...

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    A full size reproduction would be a bit much - in both time and money.
    Forget that! Let me win the lotto and see what happens!

    Cool videos and interesting machines. Love the models too, beautiful work, thanks for the links.
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