The Fairmont Railroad Inspection Car
15 Clearlake Manor Road North Branford, Connecticut 06471
The Fairmont M 19 D is an aluminum framed one to four man track
inspection car. Powered by a Fairmont two cycle water cooled
engine, this car was easy to maintain and operate. The engine was
reversible, eliminating the need for a transmission.
This Fairmont M 19 D, serial number 179763, was built for the
Santa Fe Rail road in August 1946. It was equipped with a 5 to 8 HP
OD B 1 engine, 6 volt electrical system. The spark was provided by
a Pontiac vibrator coil.
I purchased the rail car in December 1990, from an equipment
dealer in Arizona. I received the car in January 1991, by truck
The Fairmont saw many years of hard work on the railroad. A
broken frame member prevented the engine from being started. The
car was equipped with a narrow windshield and lacked a roof.
February 1991, the car was disassembled, cleaned and inspected
for defects. All broken and worn parts were repaired or
May 1992, the car was completed; the 6 volt electrical system
was up graded to 12 volts. A wider windshield and roof was applied.
New wood, custom seats and a fresh coat of A.R.E.A. yellow paint
June 1992, ATSF M 19,179763, relettered for Branford Steam Rail
Road, made its first run on the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, New