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Pacific Car and Foundry World War Two / WWII Production Numbers
/ Statistics: (926)
M4A1 Sherman Tanks, (2) T-28 Super Heavy Tanks, and ( 1,327 ) M26
"Dragon Wagon" Tank Transporter Tractors
This is the unarmored M26A1 of which there
were about 663 of these made. Production was split almost evenly
between the armored M26 and unarmored M26A1 version. Although
Pacific Car and Foundry was based in Renton, WA, this example here was
no doubt built in Billings, MT. Due to the Seattle area including
Renton being declared a critical manpower area in 1943 this product was
not considered important enough to be produced there and "Dragon Wagon"
production was moved to Billings. The workers in the Renton plant
probably ended up in the Boeing plant a few blocks away building B-29As.
This was seen at the 2013 MVPA Rally at the Ropkey
Armor Museum in September of 2013. Luckily I was able to see
and hear it drive around the grounds several times over the weekend.
The rear wheel are driving by chains driving
off the rear axle.
Pacific Car and Foundry also built 926
This photo from the Second World War shows a
Pacar M26 hooking up to an M4 Sherman tank. It would appear this
is a staged event because if there was incoming artillery fire as shown
the soldiers would not be standing outside there vehicles. But it
is a great photo of the M26.
Pacific Car and Foundry built M55 8 inch
self propelled howitzers in the 1950s. This one is on display at
the AAF Tank Museum in Danville, VA. Author's Photo added
Author's Photo added 12-22-2015.