We have just learned of a transportation devise arranged by Maurice Hendrick, a very gifted and brilliant young Shelby boy who is associated with the Cliffside Mills. Mr. Hendrick has put flanged wheels on a Ford touring car and operates it on the Cliffside Railroad with remarkable success. The car can make fine speed and is equipped with a long iron bar extending from an axle to the other so that with a ratchet jack one man can hoist the car and turn it around. —Southern Textile Bulletin, Oct. 21, 1915
For years the exhaust from a 500 H. P. engine in the mill has been going to waste. Mr. Lee Packard, formerly of Cleveland County, now superintendent of the big mill is probably responsible for the installation of a contrivance which saves considerable money in the course of a year. The exhaust from the steam engine is run into a tank where it is compressed to cause vacuum which pulls another engine developing 500 H. P. of electricity. At the same cost of 500 horsepower steam, this arrangement now yields 500 electric H. P. in addition to the 500 H. P. steam.—Cleveland Star, Shelby, N. C.
The old car on the tracks may have looked something like this.
Contributed by Don Bailey