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1913 Christie Tractor
This is an 1890 American Second Size Steam Fire Engine that has been motorized through the addition of a 1913 Christie tractor. Christie tractors were used to extend the service lives of many formerly horse-drawn steamers and ladder trucks.
About this creation
John Walter Christie was a brilliant engineer and inventor. He invented a suspension system that was used on a number of World-War Two era tanks including the iconic Soviet T-24 and the British Crusader. He also invented a two-wheeled tractor that was designed to be attached to formerly horse-drawn fire apparatus. In 1912 Christie founded the Front-Drive Motor Company in Hoboken, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from New York City, to build these tractors.

The FDNY became Christie's first and best customer. The FDNY purchased 94 Christie tractors to repower steamers and ladder trucks. Other cities such as Boston, Youngstown, Ohio, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles purchased Christie tractors. In all, more than 600 Christie tractors were built.

The Front-Drive Motor Company closed its doors in 1919. A number of steam fire engines with Christie tractors survive today and a remarkable few still are operational. BFD552@Gmail.com




Comments

 I like it 
  November 2, 2013
Very authentic design. All bricks are placed very good, no dull place in this tractor :D
 I like it 
  October 29, 2013
Same problem here, I have around 8 new things to upload, but still need to take pictures for some of them, and write out descriptions.
 I made it 
  October 25, 2013
Quoting Scott Bertaut Been quite a while since your last MOC, and it was well worth it. I have mostly looked at your more modern apparatus, but this thing is beautiful in its design. It almost looks likes something in a steam punk movie, although it is real! (or LEGO, but that is pretty real) Great work, makes me really want to get my new Engine up!
More pieces are on the way. I just have to find the time to write the text for each of the new ones.
 I like it 
  October 25, 2013
Been quite a while since your last MOC, and it was well worth it. I have mostly looked at your more modern apparatus, but this thing is beautiful in its design. It almost looks likes something in a steam punk movie, although it is real! (or LEGO, but that is pretty real) Great work, makes me really want to get my new Engine up!
 I like it 
  October 25, 2013
I never saw a Christie tractor, but it looks like the real thing. Good job.
 I like it 
  October 25, 2013
Wow, this is a really cool replica of the Christie Tractor. Great details and great work :)
 
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