AEC railmotor

The AEC railmotor was the first generally successful railmotor built for the Victorian Railways in south-eastern Australia. 19 vehicles were built from 1922 through 1925, along with 24 trailer vehicles built to a similar design.

A.E.C. railmotor
AEC railmotor near Fawkner
ManufacturerAssociated Equipment Company (Chassis & Engine)
Victorian Railways (Body)
DesignerVictorian Railways
AssemblyVictorian Railways
Built atNewport Workshops
Constructed1922-1925
Entered service1922-1954
Number built4
Number in service0
Number preserved1
Number scrapped3
Design codeRM
Fleet numbers1-19
Capacity32 to 37 passengers
Specifications
Prime mover(s)Petrol
Engine typePetrol engine
Power output45 hp (34 kW)
Track gauge5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)


Design

Four different internal layout were used, providing for different traffics.

Railmotor First Class Second Class Railmotor First Class Second Class
AEC 1 0 37 AEC 10 32 0
AEC 2 0 37 AEC 11 32 0
AEC 3 0 37 AEC 12 0 37
AEC 4 0 37 AEC 13 0 37
AEC 5 0 37 AEC 14 10 22
AEC 6 0 37 AEC 15 32 0
AEC 7 10 22 AEC 16 32 0
AEC 8 32 0 AEC 17 32 0
AEC 9 11 21 AEC 18 10 22
AEC 19 32 0

Construction

Details

  • On the Upfield line an AEC railmotor operated a shuttle service between Fawkner and Somerton (on the site of today's Roxburgh Park station) from the reopening of the section in 1928, until 1956 when the line north from Fawkner was closed.[3]

In service

Withdrawal & preservation

The AEC's were withdrawn throughout the 1950s as the new Walker railmotors came into service.

Model railways

HO Scale

  • Steam Era models

N Scale

See also

References

  1. Jack McLean (November 1995). "Reservoir - Whittlesea: Signalling and Safeworking". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division): 333–337.
  2. David Beardsell and Bruce Herbert (1979). The Outer Circle: A history of the Oakleigh to Fairfield Park Railway. Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division). p. 63. ISBN 0-85849-024-2.
  3. "Somerton" (PDF). Victorian Signalling Histories. Andrew Waugh. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
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