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Not far from School House Farm...
« on: March 06, 2015, 09:10:35 AM »
...now Kent and East Sussex Railway had this unusual train:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3EbPEqACrY&feature=youtu.be

The remarkable, workaholic and single-minded Colonel Holman Stephens ran this line and a fair number of small Branch Lines around UK for many years, usually teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. The Ford Motor Railcars were a brave but unsuccessful attempt at keeping costs down.
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Re: Not far from School House Farm...
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2015, 09:25:56 AM »
See converted Isetta Railcars in the Ffestiniog Slate mines and on the Leighton Bastard Light Railway. Seem to recall the Ffestiniog one is a bubbletop. It had got into a bit of a state but was apparently restored and is part of the museum there. Not sure what happened to the other one. It features in the book in a picture, but apparently is not mentioned in the text. Maybe if your a Simplex number collector, a converted Isetta does not count for much. Queue Root report.
Of course Trojan went one better and made small gondolas for cable car systems. As seen still in use on the Great Orme, Llandudno. Now there is the basis of a really good run for microcars starting near Chester........
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