Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Lombard Log Hauler

A Lombard on display in New Hampshire - click to enlarge
  Alvin O. Lombard built his first Log Hauler in 1901 at his tool shop in Waterville, Maine.  The steam powered tracked machine resembled at "saddlebag locomotive".  The track mechanism was used to build Army tanks in World War One.
  The purpose of this machine was to pull loads of logs out of the woods to rivers for rafting the logs downstream to the mills; or to railheads.
  Later in the 1920's and 1930's Lombard built "tow machines" with internal combustion engines which were less powerful than his steam machines. (example below)
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A Lombard with internal combustion engine - click to enlarge

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