engine is on display in the main park downtown. I have absolutely
no idea what type of engine this is - although it seems like it
was some sort of engine used for track laying and track maintenace.
I just received an email from J.B. who was a train dispatcher on
the BNSF with details about this little locomotive. Here is what
he wrote :
What you are looking at is an old Section or Track Inspector "motorcar".
It has a Fairbanks, single cylinder, 2-stroke engine.
As soon as the 1970's these were used on the tracks by the Maintenance-of-Way
to travel up & down the tracks to perform their work.
Every few miles there was a "motorcar setoff" which consisted
of 2 ties stuck under the track which then stuck out from the track.
Those handles were used to move the motorcar off the tracks on
to the set off when a train was approaching. When the train had
passed, the maintenance workers would put them motor car back on
the tracks and proceed.