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.
LV PAN..Lorry drawing "Roadrailer".
CU Assistant signals to driver.
SV Lorry with "Roadrailer" backing on to railway lines.
CU Rail-wheel lowered from "Roadrailer" on railway line.
CU Driver in cabin, backing lorry with another "roadrailer".
LV Showing two "Roadrailers" in position, together
SV Truck pulls away.
SV Group of men look on.
LV Locomotive pushing front section bogey towards.
SV Ditto bogey into position on "Roadrailers".
CU Joining bogey to "Roadrailer".
SV PAN..to BACK V..locomotive pulls away with "Roadrailer".
EDITORS: See Prod 1022/60 - Earlier coverage of roadrailers.
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Background: 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.