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Posted by frustrated 
Thomson Surrey
August 14, 2021 09:34PM
Hi Folks,

I found this picture of a Thomson Steam Surrey -- circa about 1899 -- that was in the Wolfpen Automotive Museum. According to the Massachusetts Secretary of State, the Museum was chartered in 1941 and was dissolved in 2012. Does anyone know of the disposition of this vehicle, who might now possess it, and whether or not photos are available?

Regards,

Ken


Re: Thomson Surrey
August 16, 2021 03:18AM
Surprisingly advanced for the year! What an interesting car - let's hope ot turns up so we can hear more of it.
Mike
Re: Thomson Surrey
May 28, 2022 02:35AM
Hello Ken. I have just recently joined this forum . I noticed your post regarding the Elihu Thomson steam car. From the Wolfpen auto museum I am the owner of that car . The story of how I acquired is is a book in itself . I have tried to get information on it when it was owned by the Wofipen automotive museum but to no avail

Chris Sorensen
Re: Thomson Surrey
May 28, 2022 12:10PM
Hi Chris,
Welcome to the Forum.

Any chance you have photos you can post?
Re: Thomson Surrey
May 29, 2022 02:00AM
Hi Scott. We are away from home back in a couple of weeks so will post photos then. am presently working on the burner. It’s original burner is a bit like a garden sprinkler and I have not got it to work. otherwise it is all there and pretty much in line with the photo from the museum you posted

Chris
Re: Thomson Surrey
May 29, 2022 06:43AM
Chris I am originally from Massachusetts moved to Florida in 2005. Do you know how
The Wolfpen auto museum liquidated the cars. Was there an auction or did they sale off the cars one by one. Curious.

Rolly
Re: Thomson Surrey
May 31, 2022 07:13AM
Hi Chris,

I would have responded to your post earlier but I was out in an area without cell coverage during the holiday weekend.

The original reason for asking about the Thomson machine is that I have been writing a book on General Electric steam cars for Tom Kimmel to accompany other books such as the Yuba steam tractor, Baker, Scott-Newcomb, Winslow, Brooks, Delling and other makes. There is tons of technical literature surrounding the GE efforts since they apparently patented almost everything. The problem is that the history behind the cars is sort of sketchy and photographs are nearly non-existent; since GE didn't manufacture any of the vehicles, they received only superficial coverage in the press at that time. Tom owns one of the second generation GE wobbler engines, so that's one set of photos. (I know it is second generation since the engine possesses auxiliary exhaust valves in the cylinder heads, transforming it from a uniflow to a semi-uniflow as per their patents).

If there is any chance of obtaining information about the car, along with photos of the vehicle and/or power plant, I would be highly appreciative. If you are interested, I can send a rough copy of the book as it currently stands -- only asking that it not be shared since Tom is purchasing the rights.

Regards,

Ken


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Re: Thomson Surrey
June 10, 2022 05:41AM
Hello Ken. I don’t seem to be able to attach photos so if you would like to send me your email I will send you photos which I took today. The history as best I know it is that an Australian business man Robert Homes a Court purchased it from the Wolfpen museum around late 1980. He died in 1990 and his collection was auctioned by Sotheby’s in Melbourne in 1992. Mr David Revelle who had a large collection of steam purchased it. David died a couple of years ago and have been fortunate to have acquired it. I have a 1903 Grout Stanhope and a 1901 Locomobile I am working on getting it steaming again. Look forward to making contact
Chris Sorensen
Re: Thomson Surrey
June 10, 2022 07:26AM
Hi Chris,

Photos need to be about a 1 megabyte maximum. Most cameras these days take potos 2mb or larger.
There are apps for phones that allow you to resize photos.
For Windows, look for "RIOT" (Radical Image Optimization Tool)
Re: Thomson Surrey
June 10, 2022 07:57AM
Hi Chris,

My sincerest thanks for the photos -- I had pretty much given up hope of finding a good depiction of a GE vehicle.

My e-mail is: kenatgm@aol.com

Warmest Regards,

Ken
Re: Thomson Surrey
June 10, 2022 10:47PM
Hi....playing with photos...not sure if this will work..cannot preview it... Chris
Attachments:
open | download - Thomson (25.9 KB)
Re: Thomson Surrey
June 13, 2022 03:15AM
Yes that works - downloaded and opened with Firefox browser. Nice car

Mike
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