Rail Motor Cars

An unexpected purchase last week included volumes 3 & 4 of ‘Modern Railway Working’ dated 1913. The in depth and diverse articles included civil engineering subjucts such as tunnelling, bridges etc and station lighting, along with motive power, workshop practice etc.
Here’s the article on Rail Motor cars. At the time they were a new development for branch lines & light traffic areas, this 5 page article talks of the developments and possibilities, including ones powered by internal combustion engines.

Few steam railmotors have survived. There’s a fine example of a GWR steam railmotor at Didcot Railway Centre, and a few in the rest of Europe, listed in this Wikipedia article.
There’s also a splendid 1930’s GWR diesel powered railbus at the National Railway Museum, and two others are preserved, at Didcot and the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

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