• Short Summary

    Described as having "the flexibility and convenience of road movement, for collection and delivery of freight, with the speed and economy of railways for the trunk haul" British Railways' new "Roadrailer" was demonstrated in London Sept 6.

  • Description

    Described as having "the flexibility and convenience of road movement, for collection and delivery of freight, with the speed and economy of railways for the trunk haul" British Railways' new "Roadrailer" was demonstrated in London Sept 6.

    The two prototype vehicles used for the demonstration were towed by road to the railway. They were then connected to a locomotive, and in a matter of minutes were ready for express-speed travel on the rails.

    With British Railways fighting a constant battle against financial loss caused by competition from road transport, the compromise of the "Roadrailer" is regarded hopefully as a possible new money-spinner for the railways.

    The vehicles have retractable road and rail wheels working on the same principle as an aircraft under-carriage. Special couplings enable the two-wheeled vehicles to run coupled together on the rails. On the road, they can be drawn by any standard road tractor vehicle.

    "Roadrailers" were thought of independently by British Railways and a US railway company, and have since been developed by the two organisations working together.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC24RF12X4YEQACCLTJO66GTSC
    Media URN:
    VLVAC24RF12X4YEQACCLTJO66GTSC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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