John Ellis, of New Jersey, produced this miniature rail racer as a tribute to the late John Babcock, who was one of the most colorful builders and model racers in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The top and pan are CNC machined from 2024 billet aluminum and mirror polished. The gas tank is 360 brass, the engine mount is naval bronze, and the wheels and engine straps are 70075-T6 aluminum. It is powered by a Cox .010 that is bevel geared (3:1 ratio for torque) to a ring gear that is silver brazed to an h-13 form-ground rear axle. The 100% functional rail guides sport four Timken stainless ball bearings. Finished in 2009, the engine is 4.5”-high, 3”-wide, and 2”-high. 

Exhibit added: July 1, 2009 - Last modified: December 29, 2022

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship