Autocar’s first test runs

On the 17th March the NER 1903 autocar had a morning’s test running on the Great Central Railway. This followed earlier runs in the GCR’s Loughborough shed and a run within station limits at Loughborough a week earlier. The engineering team were pleased with the test, which went well, with the only issue being a warm axle box.

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Power unit arrives at Loughborough

Our work on both the autocoach and autocar chassis continues. The autocoach is progressing well and we anticipate it becoming operational later this year. Down at Loughborough the power unit is now attached to the chassis and is in the GCR shed.

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Autocoach and Autocar progress

We have been very busy in the last few months, with a team at Embsay working on the autocoach, and another team at Loughborough working on the mechanical parts of the autocar. The powerunit was run for the first time on April 15th and performed well, with the only issue arising being the time taken to prime the fuel system.

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Engine housing and chassis

We have been very busy in the last few months, with a team at Embsay working on the autocoach, and another team at Loughborough working on the mechanical parts of the autocar.

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Additional fundraising required!

Unfortunately, extra work has been needed to deal with issues as they arose and this has cost extra money. Our original budget and grant applications did not allow for these, as we did not know of the potential need. Our estimate is that the project needs an extra...

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First photographs of autocar pair in daylight

Earlier this month, there was a chance to get a preview of how the autocar and its trailer will look when operational. The autocar is the world’s first non-steam powered railcar and the pioneer of internal combustion and electric propulsion. It is being restored at...

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Latest pictures of restoration

The engine housing assembly has been delivered to our base at Loughborough. This has the engine and generator installed, together with some of the electronics necessary to control their functions. The chassis is also at Loughborough and is shortly to be strengthened....

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