Old Photo - English Motor Train Pulled By Ford One-Ton Truck

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jay - In Northern California on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 10:59 am:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 11:13 am:

It looks like the front axle was replaced with a non-steering set-up. I wonder why they bothered. Wouldn't it work just as well with the stock front axle and steering equipment?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Charlie B actually in Toms River N.J. on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 04:21 pm:

Perhaps they couldn't mount the train wheels on the orig. set-up.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Barker, Somerset, England on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 05:07 pm:

Several English railways (including Kent & E Sussex, Derwent Valley, Shropshire) and the Irish Donegal Railway built and used these 'Railmotors' based on the TT in the 1920s. A few lasted until the 1930s.
They usually had two vehicles, back to back,with aux gearboxes, not least to give a neutral for the rear towed unit (only one engine was used at a time, except on very steep gradients on market days). Some had a third 'dead' carriage in the middle.
They were noisy and uncomfortable, but much cheaper to operate than steam trains on 'branch lines'
It was better to fit a solid axle than lock the steering and maintain the Ford axle.
Colin Shutt has built a replica in recent years.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By george house on Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 09:56 am:

Interesting that the original was LH drive.


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