Vintage Model T Ford car modified to travel on railway line in England

December 30th, 2008 - 3:43 pm ICT by ANI  

London, December 30 (ANI): The Launceston Steam Railway in Cornwall, England, is displaying a distinctive car-train, created by modifying converting a vintage Model T Ford car to travel on a railway line. The historic 1927 car has been so transformed into a self-powered locomotive that it does not require any steering. Its engine is said to be powerful enough to reach speeds up to 60mph.
The car-train, however, can only seat four passengers.
Enthusiasts can view it at the Launceston Steam Railway, where is currently in operation, until New Year’’s Day.
Nigel Bowman, the Managing Director of Launceston Steam Railway, said that the car had originally come to the workshop at the railway station to have modified brakes fitted.
“We thought featuring an iconic road car running on railway wheels would be a quirky way of celebrating our 25th anniversary this year,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
It may be significant to note here that the Ford Motor Company built its fortunes on the back of the Model T cars creation on September 27, 1908, at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
It is also considered to be the first affordable automobile that “put America on wheels”.
An international poll conducted nine years ago even had it named the worlds most influential car of the twentieth century. (ANI)

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