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"And now for something completely different"
« on: October 04, 2014, 07:17:37 PM »
I was having a wander through You Tube like you do and a come across this. It's from Nov 2012 about a special running on the Liskeard to Looe line in Cornwall.

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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2014, 07:47:21 PM »
It is certainly different  :thumbsup: an enjoyable watch, thank you for finding it  ;)

cheers John.

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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2014, 07:52:13 PM »
All that I can say is......was that REALLY 2 years ago !!!
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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2014, 08:30:28 AM »
Thankyou for sharing this video, even I found it an interesting experience.

I can just imagine a model of this puffing around my own layout, I wonder if ANY manufacturer would produce such?

Thanks again, Peter.
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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2014, 09:04:06 AM »
Brilliant!

Lovely idea Peter but doubt it. Bet some talented kit builder could produce it though.

A bit more info on the line:

http://www.visit-southeastcornwall.co.uk/whats-on/steam-on-the-looe-branch-line-p1439153

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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2014, 09:17:35 AM »
I can just imagine a model of this puffing around my own layout, I wonder if ANY manufacturer would produce such?


You could try this, fifth item down:

http://www.langleymodels.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Locomotive_Body_kits_NEW_Kit_Release_73.html

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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2014, 10:36:42 AM »
Oooooh. I want one in N Gauge  :envy:

That was a good find JAck.
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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2014, 11:42:12 AM »
Is this the same one that was running on the West Somerset line a couple of years ago at their steam gala?
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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2014, 07:41:44 PM »
Is this the same one that was running on the West Somerset line a couple of years ago at their steam gala?
In a word "Yes".
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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2014, 08:13:25 PM »
Fascinating; Thanks Jack for finding and posting the video. 

In the 1920's (and in common with many other railways around the world) the New Zealand Govt. railways Department had a brief flirtation with 'steam railcars' , purchasing two for trials and classifying them as Class Rm. Of the two, Rm 1 (built by Sentinel Cammell) bears a remarkable resemblance to SRM 93 (the unit in the video), although using chain drive  rather than SRM 93's  'conventional' Walschaerts motion and connecting rods. Rm 2 was  built by Clayton Wagons Ltd. and looked more like a motor bus, with a 'Beyer-Garratt'-type water tank out in front a la' a bonnet / hood.

As in other counties, the 'steam-railcar' concept didn't work locally and Rm 1 only lasted two years before being withdrawn from service.  Surprisingly, Rm 2 lasted for 11 years before it too was taken out of service. 

Thanks to you, I do at least now have some idea about what Rm 1 would have looked and sounded like, so your effort is appreciated.
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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2014, 12:06:49 AM »
Most interesting. Thanks for posting!  :thumbsup:
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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2014, 12:20:05 AM »
An SMU?!

I fancy an eight-car version!

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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2014, 12:31:45 AM »
I bet it has more seats than the things we get to Peterborough and Leicester and is probably more comfortable to?

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Re: "And now for something completely different"
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2014, 12:39:15 AM »

The steam railmotors were fairly successful in Britain. They were a thing of their times and the GWR had around 100 of them in the early decades of the 20th century. GWR number 93 (in the video) ran from 1908 to 1934, with the last GWR units leaving service in 1935. The earliest units started service in 1903.

Many of them were converted to autotrailers when their service as steam railmotors was finished. This is how number 93 came to be saved.

They were cheap to run and were used to open up new routes. They were also inflexible (could pull at most 1 trailer) and awkward to service. Autotrains and then, later, diesel railcars took over from them.

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