Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

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Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

Postby chris stockdale » Wed May 25, 2016 7:18 pm

Definitely one for the library...

http://lightmoor.co.uk/view_book.php?ref=L8092

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Re: Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

Postby Willow Creek Traction » Thu May 26, 2016 5:03 pm

Tram in bottom photo on page sure is interesting, has model in many gauges written all over it! :D
I just recently woke up, so am wondering about availability here in US, my mind isn't up to full RPM yet.
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Re: Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

Postby rue_d_etropal » Fri May 27, 2016 9:25 am

I saw the advert in one of the magazines. Just wondering if it has scale drawings. The book from Moseley trust is also very good, had drawings(not the one I am currently looking for though- the post WW1 8ton loco).
The petrol tram does look like it would make a good model. The side view would make it relatively easy to do a drawing.
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Re: Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

Postby nonsuch » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:03 am

I have just bought this book. Very interesting if you are curious about Motor Rail the company. If you are only interested in drawings it is not the book for you. There are two locomotive plans, a proposed 3 axle type U that is new to me, and a very small 3 ton locomotive from M and R in South Africa. The Moseley book is the one for drawings.

There are intriguing pictures of standard gauge Simplexes, including a type G, and quite a bit on the products that they diversified into, dumpers, trailers, concrete breakers....

One fascinating fact that emerged was that in South African mines in 1982 there were no less than 5782 narrow gauge locomotives at work at the peak of the mining boom, and a lot skulduggery went on between the various suppliers to get the business.

The text reads a little awkwardly in places as Alan Keef himself is obviously part of the Motor Rail story and he hops between first and third person.

In brief, an excellent inspiration book and a very interesting behind the scenes insight.

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Re: Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

Postby rue_d_etropal » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:38 pm

thanks for the info. Did not really expect drawings, as Moseley Trust have them all as far as I know.
I am only after one specific drawing anyway and I should be able to do a drawing based on photos, that is the 8ton version of the post WW1 protected version. There is a simple drawing of the 6ton which I think is the direct replacement. The 8ton is bigger, intended for bigger gauges. Info suggests it was intended for up to 3ft 6in gauge, but it was standard gauge that took the design on. I have a good side photo of an L&Y one, and several are preserved. Cabs were often boxed in, around the open cab frame supplied. I am deducing a lot of this based on the chassis looking the same(rivets in exact same places).
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Re: Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

Postby nonsuch » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:32 am

Simon

There is a view of a 1925 8 ton 40 hp standard gauge locomotive, owned by the Great Western. It is an Industrial Railway Society photograph, so is probably well known.

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Re: Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

Postby rue_d_etropal » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:09 pm

Neil, there are quite a few photos around. The 8ton loco was bought by many of the railway companies. I think there is even an LNER classification for them. Not sure about the Southern Railway. Also sold worldwide. It was a picture of of one in Australia, and the online discussion that got me interested.http://tdu.to/40379.msg
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Re: Motor Rail book by Alan Keef

Postby southpier » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:51 am

chris stockdale wrote:Definitely one for the library...

http://lightmoor.co.uk/view_book.php?ref=L8092

Cheers,



oddly enough, in my "spring cleaning" frenzy last week, I donated my copy to the local library .


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