Gravtiy inspection car

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Gravtiy inspection car

Post by Mr. Bond of the DVLR » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:20 am

Here's the GVT's little known about inspection car which was linked up to the back of trains to take it up hill and then the manager would ride it down hill again!

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Post by DolwyddelanLightRail » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:32 am

I suppose quite a lot of railways had little inspection cars like this, with the FfR having the Spooners Boat etc

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Post by Marquis DeCarabas » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:12 am

The FR had other inspection vehicles in addition to the Boat - there's a decent photograph of one in the Spooner album, sat on the Middle Road at TyB, just before the diamond crossing IIRC.

Might put a picture up in a tick, if I get fed up with unpacking boxes!
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Post by METHSSNIFFER » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:12 pm

Yes Ive seen this and maybe spooners boat was only a far fetched idea that never got past the drawing stage and just became a braked box wagon has seen in the tanybwlch photo, why a need for a sail when you have gravity.

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Post by Crackingjob » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:24 pm

A truck, small motor, switch, bench and a driver...easy???
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Post by MDLR » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:38 pm

Crackingjob:69827 wrote:A truck, small motor, switch, bench and a driver...easy???
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Post by Marquis DeCarabas » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:30 am

METHSSNIFFER:69826 wrote:Yes Ive seen this and maybe spooners boat was only a far fetched idea that never got past the drawing stage and just became a braked box wagon has seen in the tanybwlch photo, why a need for a sail when you have gravity.
True - I cannot find now any independent evidence for the sail (that may have been a touch of whimsy) but there are two photographs taken near Clogwyn Daniel [1] on the new formation looking towards TyG with a strange vehicle on the back with a curved end [2].

[1] one was reproduced as an engraving in 'Engineering' in 1871, I think. The difference in perspectives may have been the height of Tanygrisiau Up Outer Distant, but that's another story.

[2] back in the dim and distant, when the Noggerbahn was still a 'oss tramway there were no niceties of signalling, but there was a gate in the middle of places such as Tafarntrip, Cae Ednyfed, Rhiw Goch and Hafod-y-llyn. This gate had a signalling purpose (if closed don't go), but was meant to be openable - possibly by this strange vehicle but also by Englands. Titchy Englands had curved fronts and rounded bottoms.
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