See it on British Pathe at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3EbPEqACrY
It's hard to believe a Model T could haul that much weight!
Interesting that they removed the steering wheel, not that it is needed, but that looks so strange to drive without it. I presume it takes a bit to get it going. However on level steel rails I see why it got up to 40mph. Wonder how long it took to stop or if it had accessory brakes.
Great video! Thanks for posting it, David.
This is on the UK Kent & East Sussex Railway that still exists as a preserved steam railway between Tenterden and Bodiam. This railcar is mentioned in K&ESR Histories, but was not a success due to the many sharp gradients on the line due to the cheap construction avoiding cuttings and embankments.
Here is some more information. This railcar is shown and described in chapter 12 of the English Model T Ford, volume 2. The K&ESR bought 2 pairs of Ford railcars, the 1st in 1923 was from Edmunds of Thetford with bodywork by Eton Coachworks of Cringleford. It was scrapped in c1934. The 2nd , similar railcar was bought in 1924 and worked until 1937 and was scrapped in 1941.
There is one still running here in New Zealand for tourists, 5 times a day over holiday periods . I called in on the way past last Wed to take a couple of pics.
How many cringed watching that guy crank that Model T?
Micheal, just make sure the timing is set to start position and crank the sh*# out of it. It looked like it worked for him. She didn't have any trouble keeping up with the train. :^)