GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton
GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line
Tyseley Shed: gwrt2366
Another view of ex-GWR Railcars No 13 and No 17 seen stabled
on the scrap lines at Tyseley shed in March 1960. Continued from The prototypes' first official run on
Great Western metals was from Paddington to Reading with a large number of
press representatives on the 1st of December 1933, and even AEC jumped on the
publicity bandwagon by proclaiming the run as 'an unqualified triumph', and
entered public service on the 4th of December working from Slough shed to
Windsor and Didcot. Within the month however, the railcar was taken out of
service for attention to its braking system and method of engine mounting. At
the same time, automatic train control was fitted and the car resumed service
in February 1934, completing 60,000 miles and transporting 136,000 passengers
in its first year alone. In February 1935, just prior of the delivery of No 5,
No 6 and No 7 to the Great Western, an order was placed for a further ten
railcars of three designs.
Railcars No 8, No 9 and No 13 to No 16 were to be of the
same basic plan as the previous three models and having 70 seater bodies.
Railcar No 10 to No 12 had the installation of a lavatory with 63 seater
bodies, while No 17 was designed as an express parcels car. Each of these
examples used the 2 AEC 8.85 litre engines but with a gearbox fitted to each
engine. From experience gained of running the railcars over the previous twelve
months a number of modifications were introduced on these cars. The standard
London bus AEC engine employed aluminium alloy cylinder heads, but failures of
some heads, including cracking, brought the introduction of cast iron castings.
Similarly, the oil temperatures had been noted as rather high on continuous
high-speed running and so oil coolers, fitted at the front and rear under the
buffers, were added to combat this. The previous seven railcars were
subsequently fitted with these modifications.
Technical history courtesy of The Great Western Archive:
Courtesy Steve Davies of