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 Posted: Tue Feb 23rd, 2010 02:27 am
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HollywoodFoundry



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A number of McKeen cars were imported into Australia. Two went to the Victorian Railways and I think 3 went to the Queensland Railways. The VR ones were 5' 3" gauge, and the Queensland ones were 3' 6" gauge.

The Victorian ones were a little different because the VR used platforms at all its stations, not ground level access as in the USA, so the centre door had to be raised with a corresponding 'bump' in the roofline to give enough height.

This web site has an on-line copy of the operating manual for the McKeen car, and also shows photos of the cars in VR service. They did not last long with the engines installed as they were horrendously unreliable. The VR removed the motors and used them as locomotive hauled cars in suburban service

http://www.hobbiesplus.com.au/temppics/mckeen.htm

Oh, and Hello to Bill, I seem to encounter you whereever I go...:)

Geoff

Last edited on Tue Feb 23rd, 2010 02:29 am by HollywoodFoundry

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