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    Just 12 years after it rolled off the line, this 1930 Pierce-Arrow found another station with the Rio Grande Southern.

    If one can trust the ’30 model year from the news caption, it looks like this one could be a Model C (louvered cowl), if there hasn’t been other mixing-matching parts to suit the Pierce’s new work, though.

    Any other examples you can find of other re-purposed Pierce-Arrows?

    (Photo and text from the Minneapolis Star, June 14th, 1942)



    That is one of seven Galloping Geese, created by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad using used cars. That looks like Goose #4, built in 1934. It looks to me like a Series 33 from the 20s. The first Goose was built in 1930, based on a Buick car. Number Six was also based on a Buick, but later updated using a Pierce-Arrow.  The rest were built on used Pierce-Arrows. #1 exists in replica form, the rest still exist.  They have seen many modifications over the years. More information at http://drgw.free.fr/RGS/Goose/Goose_en.htm

    For more information on Goose #4, go to  https://www.ridgwayrailroadmuseum.org/Goose4.html  It looks like at some point the body was replaced.

    Here is a cleaner copy of the same picture.



    There is a Pierce Arrow tow truck at the Klairmont Collection in Chicago.  Not sure of the year as I haven’t been there in a while


    1921 Pierce-Arrow Tow Truck


    It’s a 1921.   The Klairmont Collection is worth a stop if you’re ever near Chicago.


    Great to see all the Pierce applications, even if one might cringe a little in ’23 at the cars that might have been. Guess we can add a few photos of Pierce modifications to Marc Ralston’s volume!

    Thanks for the b/w and color photos, Gents!




    Here is a photo of the Goose before the fenders were removed, looking a little more “Pierce-ish”


    Thanks, Curtiss.

    Looks like a bell behind the cow-catcher, and a Motometer gauge for the radiator.

    I presume that’s a gravity-feed fuel tank on the roof? Quite the rail-line re-purpose!


    Now, I seem to see these all over the place…



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