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South Australian Brill railcar
Australia | 1924 | 51 produced
No. 41 (Model 55) at the National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide
No. 41 (Model 55) at the National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide

For rural, low-traffic lines of the South Australian Railways, J.G. Brill developed the railcars of the models 55 and 75. They differed on the one hand by different lengths and on the other hand by petrol engines with an output of 68 and 186 hp, respectively. The 75 model was also combined with a trailer. They were used almost all over South Australia and were called “Barwell Bulls”. Later, all received more powerful diesel engines. They were replaced by Bluebird and Redhen railcars in rural areas in the 1950s and then used in the suburbs of Adelaide until 1971.

VariantModel 55Model 75
ManufacturerJ.G. Brill, Islington Railway Workshops
Axle configB-2 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge), 5 ft 3 in (Irish broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length48 ft 6 11/16 in58 ft 4 13/16 in
Power sourcepetrol-mechanic
Engine type4-cyl. petrol
Engine output68 hp (51 kW)186 hp (139 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
petrol railcar
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last changed: 08/2023

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