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Date: 09/10/23 07:15
Steam at Didcot
Author: bandob

One of the most interesting pieces of equipment we saw at Didcot in 2012 was this steam-powered railcar. I hope it is still running.

B&OBill

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Date: 09/10/23 12:38
Re: Steam at Didcot
Author: boejoe

Interesting, indeed.  Never knew anything like this existed.  I presume this is somewhere in the UK?



Date: 09/11/23 01:07
Re: Steam at Didcot
Author: 86235

boejoe Wrote:
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> Interesting, indeed.  Never knew anything like
> this existed.  I presume this is somewhere in the
> UK?

It remains at Didcot awaiting an overhaul



Date: 09/11/23 07:46
Re: Steam at Didcot
Author: bandob

Didcot is in the UK, a wonderful museum focusing on the Great Western Railway. They have several operating steam locomotives.

B&OBill



Date: 09/11/23 08:22
Re: Steam at Didcot
Author: kurtarmbruster

Love those "rail motors," so glad this and others have been well preserved. Thanks for the look!



Date: 09/12/23 21:32
Re: Steam at Didcot
Author: gobbl3gook

Well well, I thought I had seen pretty much everything at this point.  However...

But,  It must be really hot inside that rail car in the summer, right?  And if you have a boiler explosion, or safety valves venting steam, doen't that makes mess of the insides?  

How about some interior photos?  

Very cute, though, with the little piston and rods powering the front truck of the rail car... 

Ted in OR 



Date: 09/16/23 08:32
Re: Steam at Didcot
Author: bandob

Ted in OR:  I found an interior photo.

B&OBill




Date: 09/17/23 10:01
Re: Steam at Didcot
Author: 86235

The GWR had large numbers of these rail motors, of which 93 is the sole survivor. Their weakness was the relatively low power of the vertical boilered steam engine attached to the power bogie and the consequent inability to cope with traffic fluctuations, by hauling additional cars. The GWR persisted with them long after other railways had given up. Their successor was the motor train, a steam push pull train which used conventional motor-fitted tank engines with ordinary rolling stock, except that the end vehicle was fitted with driving controls which were connected to the locomotive by either mechanical rodding or a pneumatic control system. In push mode the fireman stayed on the loco firing as normal, the driver was in the control cab operating the throttle and brake and communicating with the fireman by whistle codes. As with the railmotor the GWR designed motor train specific carriages, the last of which were built in the early 1950s. Other railways used converted ordinary stock. Motor trains survived until almost the end of steam in the mid 1960s.



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