• McKeen cars Downunder

  • Discussion about RDC's, "doodlebugs," gas-electrics, etc.
Discussion about RDC's, "doodlebugs," gas-electrics, etc.
  by philipmartin
Built in 1911 at Omaha Nebraska, Victorian Railways in Australia took delivery of two cars. Probably Irish gauge 5ft. 3in. They were not a success, running as built for about three years. In 1919 the engines were removed and the cars used as ordinary passenger cars. They were scrapped in 1926.
All information and photos here from Mark Bau's Website.

1) A superb front view taken at Warnambool showing the buffing plate that was fitted seemingly as soon as it was delivered. That's a whistle above the driver's compartment. Photo courtesy Lance Cross collection

2) This view appears to have been taken at Wodonga while the units were being delivered after being off loaded from a ship in New South Wales. 1911.

3) Because the McKeen cars were single ended they had to be turned at each end of their runs. This undated photo is captioned "Motor train used between Hamilton and Warrnambool" shows No 2 being turned at Hamilton, and is a rare shot showing the rear end and non power bogie.
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  by philipmartin
More McKeen car photos and information from Mark Bau's Victorian Railways website.