Mont Switzer

And of course there was the issue of the hot sun “warming” the seats on farm tractors without cabs.  According to a book I read this is why John Deere wen to the yellow seats; they absorbed less heat.  Flipping a Farmall seat over would take it out of the direct sun and make the covering more bearable when in use.


Before metal cabs you could buy a huge umbrella for you tractor.  Helped with the blistering sun.  They material faded out fast.


Before metal cabs farmers installed canvas winter fronts on their tractors so all of the engine heat was routed back to the driver.  It kept the front of your body warmer, buy your back will still as exposed as ever.


Montford L. Switzer


Switzer Tank Lines, Inc.

Fall Creek Leasing, LLC.


(765) 836-2914


From: <> On Behalf Of Douglas Harding
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 10:58 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] FARMALL TRACTOR loads


Tim actually the seats on the Farmalls were on a hinge, so they could be tipped backwards. I believe this prevented rain from puddling in the seat covering. The seat cover was canvas. Color varied through the years, black, silver, and later red and silver. It was a metal seat with holes, for ventilation as well as drainage.



Doug  Harding




From: [] On Behalf Of Tim O'Connor
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:04 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] FARMALL TRACTOR loads


The Alton was still under the control of the B&O in those days

And yes, the seats must all be removed and installed upside down!!

The PROTOTYPE POLICE will be by to inspect your work. :-D:-P

On 4/17/2020 12:55 PM, Schuyler Larrabee via wrote:

Don’t forget to look at the STEAM ERA FREIGHT CARS in the background.  I don’t recall seeing an ALTON car very often.  First fully shown car to the left.  Any commentary about that car from the learned among us?


WRT the seats being tipped backwards . . . protecting the cushioned side from rain?  Not very effective if so but better than letting the depressed seats fill with water . . .



From: <> On Behalf Of Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] FARMALL TRACTOR loads




Great photo. Thanks. Did everyone notice the position of the seats? Will you all be tearing apart your models to remount the seats per this photo?  😢


Yours Aye,



Garth Groff  🦆


On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 11:44 AM Matt Smith <flyn96@...> wrote:

Here shot on the delivery end. Bloomington Il, Alton Depot. 8/7/1944 Illinois Digital Archives, Pantagraph Collection.

Matt Smith
Bloomington, IL



Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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