Thursday, December 18, 2014

Update! Honest Abe Finds a New Home

Here is an update; The Locomotive and cars have been purchased. The new owner is planning to clean them up and make them operational. If anyone has any idea of the history of this engine or advice on restoration and operation, please contact me so I can forward the information.

Just when I thought that there were no new traces of Arrow's work to be found, three items turned up in the last two weeks. I'm posting the images and text pretty much as they appear on the web.

First is a 36" gauge locomotive and four passenger cars being offered for sale on Discover Live Steam;


36" ga. Arrow Development Train
Made by the Arrow Development company this "Steam Outline" train is powered by a 190 HP 4 cyl. propane engine (not running).  
The train includes 4 Passenger coaches each holding 18 passengers.  Also included are approximately 6,800' of 16 pound rail, 5 barrels of rail spikes and rail joiners and 1 rail spacing gauge.  Built in the early 60s, there where 14 of these trains made. 
Located between Seattle and Portland, OR.

The owner, Ron Brett, writes:

"I was told by the person I bought it from that it originally ran around a shopping center in Seattle WA. Both were removed to make room for the worlds fair in 1962. The person who purchased it then had his own carnival and would set it up at different fairs in the northwest. Eventually he sold the train to someone in Eatonville WA. who couldn’t pay, so it was repossessed and sat neglected for many years.

When I retired I bought 26 acres just south of Toledo Washington, where my wife and I started a farm and pumpkin patch called Story Book Farm.  I thought that a train would be a good addition and I had heard about this train sitting in the bushes around Marysville WA.  Eventually I located it and the owner. It took a year to convince him to sell. He moved the train to my property outside Toledo 3 yrs. ago."


Next are two carousel horses located in Massachusetts:

1950's Arrow Development Company Carousel Horse

Cast Aluminum Middle Row Jumper
Physical Condition - Excellent
Paint Condition - Some minor chips and scratched from normal wear and tear.

The Arrow Development Company that built this carousel horse was a pioneer inthe amusement park ride industry. The company was contacted by Walt Disney to engineer, build and install several rides for the original Disneyland. (One of the most famous being the Matterhorn Bobsleds - the first of it kind.)This carousel horse came from the Town and Country Mall Carousel in Kendall, Florida. It was painted by the Fabricon Carousel Company of New York for the owner in the mid 1980's.

1950'S Arrow Development Company Carousel Horse

Aluminum outer row jumper 
Physical condition - Excellent
Paint condition -good. Some minor chips and scratches from normal wear and tear.

If anyone knows more about these two ponies or the Honest Abe locomotive, please drop me a note at dwmfrancis@gmail.com