Critters and Such

Back in late March Ron Findley and I took a trip up to Jackson, Louisiana and spent the morning with the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders, also home of the Old Hickory Railroad. While there, we headed over to the large “train shed” on the property, a large covered area where 1:1 railroad equipment, and an assortment of other odds and ends are stored and worked on. I thought I’d post a few photos of some items that caught my attention.

First up is a recently restored Plymouth “critter” that was parked just outside of the shed. I don’t have any information or background on this piece, but plan to ask questions on our next visit. She looks like she just rolled out of the factory.OHRR_Plymouth-1


Here are a few other Plymouths quietly awaiting their turn at restoration. Seeing that chassis without a cab and hood (look closely behind the two locos in the foreground) was very interesting, as it allowed one to inspect and figure out the internal workings of the machine.OHRR_Plymouth-3

Below is a contraption that I’d never seen before. From a distance I initially thought it was a straddle lumber carrier. But once I walked over to it, I realized this was a beast of an entirely different nature. I’m speculating that it is some kind of harvesting machine. If any of you folks can shed some light on it, please feel free to comment.OHRR_C-R_Tractor-1



A side note: my home restoration from last year’s flood is on the final lap . . . hopefully I’ll be moving back in within a few weeks. Much work remains, especially on the exterior, but at least I’ll be home again!


3 thoughts on “Critters and Such

  1. Jack

    That big blue harvester critter looks very much like what the French domain owners use to harvest grapes or what they call raisins. The operator sits on top and guides the machine down the rows and those arms shake the vines, dropping off the mature grapes. They’re quite large. We visit France (are here now) and if one of these beasts comes out of the barn, I’ll get a shot and send it. Normal harvest is September.

    Roger Sekera
    normally Potomac MD

  2. Roger,

    I think you win the prize! Once I read your suggestion, I did a quick search for Chisholm-Ryder (the name emblazoned on the front of the machine). This company built several different farm machines including grape harvesters. Armed with that information, I started looking at photos of grape harvesters and found several models of the C-R machines, some of which were very similar to the machine pictured here. Thanks for getting me pointed in the right direction.

    By the way, the gentleman who owns the Old Hickory Railroad also happens to have -guess what?- a short distance away . . . a winery.

    Oh, and welcome to the blog!


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