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SHEFFIELD CAR COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHIC CATALOGUE: Fairbanks, Morse &

Fairbanks, Morse & Co., Sheffield Car Company

Published by Fairbanks, Morse & Co., Sheffield Car Company (n. d.), Three Rivers, MI

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About this Item: Fairbanks, Morse & Co., Sheffield Car Company (n. d.), Three Rivers, MI. Ca. 1910 - July 1920. 73 linen-back photographic leaves. 73 linen-backed silver gelatin photos, roughly size 7.25" x 9.5". Most images with product and negative numbers in corner or lower fore-edge of images, some with explanatory text, with first 52 images numbered in pencil on back, many of remaining similarly dated on the verso. Oblong format: 8" x 11" This scarce factory photo album records the trolleys, gasoline powered railway motor cars, railway inspection cars and engines for the Sheffield Car Company. Sheffield began as the Sheffield Velocipede Car Company in 1882, and was based on the patents of George S. Sheffield, and the company quickly began building velocipedes, railway inspection cars, and other types of railway maintenance vehicles. In 1893, Fairbanks, Morse began acquiring the company and patented a two-cycle gasoline engine revolutionizing railway inspection equipment, and maintenance equipment, as well as motorized trolleys, and passenger cars. This catalogue begins with an image of a deluxe No. 16 Type C Inspection Motor Car which could seat nine people, reached speeds of 35 mph, and actually had a hardtop, windscreen and cowcarcher. There are a number of fine photos of the No. 24 Motor Car Trolley -- this one was sold to the Sanford Traction Company which began regular service in Sanford, Florida in April 1909 -- illustrating the exterior, interiors, 4 cycle engine, transmission, and chassis. There are also pictures of the motor cars, engines, axels, chassis, transmissions, and more for a different version of the No. 16 with a soft hardtop; a deluxe four-seater motor car, No. 14; No. 32 which was equipped with a kerosene or gasoline, two-cylinder, two-cycle, air-cooled engine which drove the wheels direct through the rear axle; the No. 33 which was a larger version, the No. 26, sides, top & bottom; the No. 12 a gasoline-powered hand-car, and more. The Sheffield 42 was a deluxe inspection car for moving men and tools, and could even tow a trailer as well; the Sheffield 40 was a big powerful car that could carry a bridge, or construction crew with material; the Sheffield 41 was a light and economical car for use by maintainers and supervisors, with 2-cylinder, 2-cycle engine. There are several factory photos showing the Assembly Department, Foundry, Blacksmith Shop, Machine Shop, Pattern Storage Building, Offices, and even the 1/2 mile circular test track. Fairbanks-Morse continued operating the plant into the 1950s, but the factory was eventually sold off and demolished. See: Solomon, Railway Maintenance Equipment, pp. 102-105; Howson, Maintenance of Way Cyclopedia, pp. 685-686; Sheffield Velocipede Car Company, Builders of Wooden Railway Cars; Mille, A Chronology of the development of the city of Sanford, FL (1975), p. 40. No institutional holdings located on OCLC. Rare. Rubbing and some chipping to binder; loss to rear joint; rear board nearly detached. Some fraying to photograph edges (linen-backed), but still sharp images. Some minor creasing and light soiling. Withal, an About VG example. Flexible burgundy calf-post binder, with brass screw posts at gutter margin, front cover with renewed gilt lettering and red front/rear pastedowns. Seller Inventory # 41434

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