Simplex rail motors

Recent arrivals at the Chasewater Railway are two Simplex Rail Motors. These unusual looking rail vehicles were built by the Bedford based Motor Rail Ltd.

Although painted in BR livery to resemble LNER Class Y11 shunters, these ones were industrial locomotives, built in 1919 and 1920, and spent their lives in foundries and industrial sidings. With a 40hp Dorman petrol engine they could move a considerable amount of weight, and continued in service until the 1980’s.

Several of these locos exist in preservation, one at NRM Shildon, 3 at Chasewater and an ex War Department one at the East Lancs Railway, which can be seen in action here.

Here’s another web page about works no 2028, (in the BR livery with No 15099 in the photos) when it was based at Ruddington

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