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 Posted: Tue Feb 23rd, 2010 12:35 pm
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HollywoodFoundry wrote: Here is a gas car used by the Victorian Railways in Australia. It was built on a chassis of a British AEC bus. It has a 4 cylinder Tylor engine.
And here is a model of the same vehicle. They often pulled one or two trailers behind them. The model is powered, in HO scale, and comes complete with a single trailer.


That's what I call a railbus - and (dare I say it) a "Regal" model.

Decades before my time - I doubt if many survive - but it just oozes character.

All that's missing now is a blue triangle.



For anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about, AEC was originally set up by what later became London Transport, to build most of their buses - hence the red roundel design. On later vehicles, this roundel was often incorporated into a blue triangle, pointing down towards the centre of the radiator grille.

There were actually a number of name changes, as a result of mergers - there were also a number of changes in their logos. Eventually, the name settled down as AEC (short for Associated Equipment Company, with the logo being some variant of the roundel in a blue triangle - in some cases, silver wings were added either side of the triangle.

Most of their buses had names starting with "R" - single deckers called Regal or Reliance - double deckers called Regent or Renown. Trucks usually had names starting with "M" - Matador, Mandator and Mercury being well known examples. There was, however, some blurring of this - some specialist trucks were built onto bus chassis.



This wasn't the only AEC to find its way onto the railways:

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h313/Railcar22/Railcar/000_0005.jpg

http://www.aecsouthall.co.uk/shunter/00_shunter.htm

http://www.mareebaheritagecentre.com.au/rail-ambulance.htm

AEC ceased trading a number of years ago (mainly due to the same political interference that ultimately destroyed Bristol Commercial Vehicles and Eastern Coach Works). A number of groups and websites have since sprung up, in an effort to keep the company's memory alive - anyone interested in finding out more about the company might wish to check the following links:

http://www.aecsouthall.co.uk/

http://middx.net/aec/bb/

http://aec.middx.net/page1.htm

Anyway, I think I'd better sign off now, before I send everyone to sleep!

Regards,

Huw.


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 Posted: Tue Feb 23rd, 2010 04:50 pm
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The Victorian Railways built the AEC rail buses in around 1920-25, in all 19 were built at the Newport Workshops. They were a quite successful design, tthe last one being taken out of service in about 1956.

I was fortunate enough to have crawled around No.9 when it was on show for the Victorian Railways centenary in 1954.

None have survived into preservation, although one group is convinced there is one out there somewhere.

 

 

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A Dodge rail inspection car used on the Silverton Tramway.....Peter

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Those skirts filling in the front wheel arches must make changing a flat (puncture) a lot more difficult!

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Yeah Herb,checking the tyre pressure would have been a pain as well:us:....Peter



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I never realized rail wheels go flat. ;)

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Only at the bottom where they bump into the rails :P
L: Yes at a microscopic level there is some flattening due to deformation of the wheels caused by the weight of what is sitting above them. The rails also deform slightly under load as well.  
Herb? Got that air pump handy??

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Hi all,
I suppose that this standard-gauge Buda fits here as well? Yes it looks like a truck and it is on rails


One from the Canadian timber industry - Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, BC. Photo was in September 2013, just after the Buda had been restored and repainted. 
More information at on it and an unusual looking gas-speeder at http://www.alberniheritage.com/image-gallery/term/sub/882





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never realized rail wheels go flat.

Oh yes they do!. Usually after a hard braking...

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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 09:43 pm
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I don't fancy riding on a TGV with a loada flat-spots :shocked:

:moose:

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