The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction

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The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction

Postby Steve Holland » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:47 pm

I have just got a book called "The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction", published by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society, ISBN978-0-9554326-9-9.
For anyone unfamiliar with the system it used a rail guided rubber tyred tractor to pull trains on lightweight track. All of the disadvantages and advantages of both road and rail in one system, no wonder it never caught on.
There are a few bits and pieces about the Stronach Dutton system on the web - this has photos of the various tractors, including a half track! http://www.mprints.co.uk - click on the Stronach-Dutton link.
It was only ever built to 2 foot and 2 foot 6 inch gauge, but a minimum gauge version is a very tempting prospect, especially as I have an old unbuilt Thomas Flyer kit that needs putting together. It was going to be a wreck in the background but.......
More distraction, will my GLS30 diesel ever get finished?
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Re: The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction

Postby Nevadablue » Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:55 am

Steve, those are some pretty bizarre machines. I see real possibilities for some minimum gauge working equipment for my lines.
I'm sure that a version of this one was in the movie Dune! :lol:

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Re: The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction

Postby Steve Holland » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:15 pm

Just found some film of the system in action at the British Film Institute website:
http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-stronach-dutton-road-rail-tractor-1925/
Check out the half-track versions of the tractors and the railbus. Is there a motorised tank kit out there that can be adapted?
I can feel my will-power slipping away, and another half-built model emerging :shock:
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Re: The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction

Postby Nevadablue » Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:54 am

Darn it. That's the second time in the last few days that I've tried to watch a video on that site. For some reason, the FREE video can't be viewed outside the UK it appears. grrr...

Steve, could you capture a few still photos from the video for us in the US? :)
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Re: The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction

Postby chris stockdale » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:28 am

It's amazing how these things get around. It's popped up in the 5" gauge ground level narrow gauge group (how's that for specialist interest) on Facebook where there's also this link to a 7mm scale version:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VW_wRLM7JxA

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