Articles on Aspects of His Railways - Rolling Stock
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The list of Topics Articles is below.
12th October 2015
Although it was evident that the railmotors ordered from Ford were not popular with passengers they had proved economical and reasonably reliable.
23rd May 2011
Carriage No 7 is the last survivor of all the Carriages acquired by Colonel Stephens for his railways and in a few years she may be running again. Her history and survival is something of a miracle and of great interest.
20th April 2009
Holman Stephens passionately believed in light railways to serve the needs of rural communities and that to succeed they must be built and run at low cost. However, even the smallest conventional steam engines were expensive items to buy and run. Stephens on building his first independent railway, the Rye and Camber, told the responsible authorities that he wished to use ‘an oil motor on a bogie passenger car' to operate the service.
19th February 2009
In 1905 the railway technical press was filled with the latest development in economical transport - the steam rail motor (later called railcar). The Locomotive Magazine in that year carried news of a new railcar every month. Most of these were bogie carriages with a small engine conventionally built on the same chassis.
8th November 2008
Much attention is always directed in the Stephens’ cannon to the back to back railmotors derived from Ford and Shefflex road vehicles. However Stephens’ first effort at a petrol railmotor for the WC&P came from a very different, railway based, tradition, was very successful and, together with a second hand railmotor from the same source kept that railway going. Their success has perhaps been unfairly overlooked.
9th June 2008
Brian Janes attempts to unravel the mysteries of the Rolling Stock used on the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire.
11th November 2005
Through virtually all of the 19th century the BP&GV and its predecessor canal had only been concerned with transporting coal. But with the coming century something better was needed and eventually came with a reconstruction for passenger traffic under the able guidance of Holman Stephens.
5th August 2005
Amongst the varied selection of rolling stock acquired by Colonel Stephens for his lines were two carriages originally built by the London and South Western Railway for the use of the Royal Family.
29th July 2004
Both of the standard histories of this railway, excellent as they are in most respects, are somewhat thin in their coverage of the coaching stock. Slightly revised in October 2006 and November 2007
Updated on 8th October 2003 (First published on 29th August 2002)
Charles Judge has been researching the complex history of these railway coaches and has set out what he believes is a more complete picture than has been published before.Following the original publication of this Article which asked for comments , the author actually received some. This and subsequent correspondence has led him to revise it.
16th July 2003
Brian Janes writes about the origins and disposal of the three generations of wagon thought to have worked there.
10th July 2001
A short article on The Colonel’s Rail Lorry - a somewhat mysterious Machine.