A contrast in styles, steam and diesel railcars

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by grebeman, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    In the early 1900's the Great Western Railway began to experiment with steam powered railcars comprising a long saloon coach with a vertical boilered 0-4-0 bogie at one end, designed to be driven from either end and capable of hauling a matching trailer coach at times of heavy demand. They were rather under powered and not altogether successful. The steam units were removed in the early 1930's and the coaches used as trailers for push pull services. This unit, Number 93, is an original body dating from 1908, much refurbished, with a newly built power bogie and boiler. Vehicles of this type were used on this branchline in the early 1900's.

    Heading for Totnes alongside the River Dart near Caddaford

    Built just 50 years later, in 1958 this is a typical diesel unit that worked such branchlines after the withdrawal of steam

    The steam railcar beside the River Dart near Totnes in the late afternoon sunshine, returning to Buckfastleigh

    Approaching Hood Bridge en route to Totnes, the fireman in the rear compartment, the driver is in the front compartment with control of the steam regulator (throttle if you like), brakes and whistle

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  2. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY

    That top one is just so crisp, and the contrast . . . wow! If it were any sharper, it could cut glass!

    Cheers, Jock
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Edited in Photo Ninja, get it right and the detail tab certainly does what it "says on the tin" (assuming that expression is understood outside of the UK). Also a crop so it's using the centre of the image which can only help with image quality.