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N 1 B 3.5K C 0 E Aug 22, 2011 F Aug 21, 2011
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The standard gauge Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties (SLNC) Railway was essentially a freight operation, traversing a very sparsely populated landscape in the west of Ireland. To its credit, it maintained a passenger service until its demise in 1957, latterly with a pair of railcars. The older of the two was a very basic four-wheel unit, built by the GNR(I) to its standard design. This fictional Hudswell Clarke unit could have been a replacement for the latter. Note the substantial headstock with conventional buffers and draw gear, suggesting that it could operate with a tail load (22-Aug-11).

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Tags:   railbus SL&NCR Sligo Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway Charles H Roe Hudswell Clarke

N 1 B 4.2K C 0 E Aug 21, 2011 F Aug 21, 2011
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Like the Derwent Valley Light Railway in the UK, the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) was a pioneer in the use of light railcars, building several in its own workshops. The early examples were essentially road vehicles on flanged wheels with full width platforms at the rear to permit boarding from either side.

This fictional Hudswell Clarke unit develops this concept into a purpose-built four-wheel railcar that can be driven from either end. It reality the source image depicts a vehicle supplied to the British War Department for use on the Spurn Point system in East Yorkshire. The traditional GNR(I) livery has provided a less austere appearance to what appears be a very substantial vehicle (22-Aug-11).

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Tags:   railbus Great Northern Railway (Ireland) GNRI Charles H Roe Hudswell Clarke

N 4 B 4.3K C 2 E Aug 21, 2011 F Aug 21, 2011
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The Derwent Valley Light Railway was a pioneer of the light railcar concept. In 1924 it acquired a pair of 18-seat rail cars built on Ford one ton truck chassis fitted with flanged wheels. They could operate back-to-back as a double-ended unit, or individually using turntables at either end of the line. Even such frugal methods of operation were unsuccessful in sustaining the line’s passenger service and the pair were sold to the County Donegal Joint Railway Committee in the west of Ireland for conversion to three foot gauge.

This fictional image supposes that the Ford railcars were retained by the DVLR and ultimately replaced by a single, larger unit. It is based on a photograph from bodybuilder Charles H Roe of Leeds. The 20-seat body was fitted to a four-wheel chassis built by Hudswell Clarke & Co and fitted with a Dorman four-cylinder (petrol?) engine. It was delivered in 1933 to the Spurn Point railway in East Yorkshire, operated by (what was then) the War Department. Presumably it had a driving cab and passenger door on opposite corners at either end. The half-cab arrangement is unusual on a rail vehicle, the opposite end having a conventional flat face. DVLR livery details are unclear, the impression from the Ford railcars being of a single dark colour, possibly maroon or brown (22-Aug-11).

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Tags:   railbus DVLR Derwent Valley Light Railway Charles H Roe Hudswell Clarke heritage railway

N 4 B 4.9K C 0 E Feb 21, 2014 F Feb 17, 2014
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For the background to this image (and acknowledgements), please see the NER red and cream version. This digitally-coloured view of 3170 retains the tones of the base image to depict the original NER crimson livery as far as can be determined. There are still some areas of doubt and an updated version will be published if the initial interpretation proves to be incorrect. This livery was short-lived, both vehicles being repainted into the attractive red and cream scheme after a short time (17-Feb-14).

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Tags:   digitally coloured North Eastern Railway Petrol-Electric Autocar

N 3 B 4.7K C 0 E Feb 21, 2014 F Feb 17, 2014
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I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to produce this series of digitally-coloured images for the NER 1903 Electric Autocar Trust, whose website can be seen here: www.electricautocar.co.uk.

The vehicle depicted is one of two pioneering petrol-electric autocars (numbers 3170 and 3171) built by the North Eastern Railway in 1903 and which have been described as the forerunners of today's trains. Remarkably, 3170 has survived and is being painstakingly rebuilt to near-original condition, but with modern running units and a diesel engine. The base image, which has been made available to the Trust by the Ken Hool Study Centre collection, depicts 3170 in original NER crimson livery. It has been digitally-coloured and modified to represent 3171 in the later red and cream NER livery. The final details are still being debated and further changes may be made in the light of new information. It is the Trust's intention to use this image for promotional purposes (17-Feb-14).

See my complete set of Railbuses, Railcars and Multiple-Units here:
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All rights reserved. Follow the link below for terms and conditions, additional information about my work; and to request work from me. I cannot undertake to respond to requests, or to queries of a general nature, which are posted as comments under individual images
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Tags:   North Eastern Railway Petrol-Electric Autocar


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