Old Photos - Railway owned vehicles, U.K..

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dane Hawley Near Melbourne Australia on Friday, January 16, 2015 - 03:15 am:

Firstly a tourer owned by The Midland Railway.



Now a couple of TT's run by London Midland and Scottish Railway.




Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Friday, January 16, 2015 - 06:54 am:

Dane,

Thank you and others for posting the older photos. There is a wealth of information hiding in some of them. Sometimes it is a humorous look at life and other times we find that small bit of information that we have missed before.

Notice that car is Left Hand Drive like in the USA. Ford of England was run by USA management in the later Teens. And when the starter came out in 1919 the normal steering column would interfere with the engine mounted generator. The Canadian response was to offer the starter cars with a belt driven generator until they could develop a steering column mount that would clear the generator. They US management response was to tell the British Empire they should have the steering column on the left rather than the right side of the car. That did not help sales. (ref The English Model T Ford book vol 1 page135-136.)

The oil lamps indicate it is a non-starter car but all the normal production Ford cars in England were produced with LHD starting Oct 1919 and continuing until the RHD was reintroduced I Jan 1923 (page 140). In 1921 UK Fords began being produced with marker lights mounted on the fenders (page 140).

Assuming it is a UK produced Model T we can say the car was most likely produce between around Oct 1919 to around Dec 1920.

If you know where I could possibly obtain a higher resolution copy of the photo, please let me know.

Again thank you to everyone for sharing the old photos as well as the wealth of other questions and information.

Respectfully submitted,

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