The reference for locomotives and railcars
Glasgow & South Western Steam Rail Motor No. 1
Great Britain | 1904 | only one produced
Locomotive Magazine, October 1904

When steam railcars appeared in Great Britain in large numbers at the beginning of the century, James Manson of the G&SWR also followed the trend and had one steam railcar built in 1904. The vehicle consisted of a small, four-coupled tank locomotive and a conventional passenger carriage, which had only one bogie at the rear end. In theory the locomotive could have been detached from the carriage and used independently, however its water supplies were carried under the floor of the carriage.

The railcar was built in G&SWR's own workshops in Kilmarnock and was used on the nearby line between Mauchline and Catrine, which was only about three miles long. Two identical vehicles were ordered the following year. The use of the railcars ended in 1916 and in 1922 they were sold to the scrap dealer.

Axle config0-4-0+4T 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length60 ft 8 in
Fixed wheelbase8 ft
Water capacity600 us gal
Power Plant
Driver diameter42 in
Boiler pressure180 psi
Cylinderstwo, 9 x 15 in
Grate area8 sq ft
Firebox area40 sq ft
Tube heating area400 sq ft
Evaporative heating area440 sq ft
Total heating area440 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam railcar
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