Celebrating the products of AEC Southall Ltd, most famous as builder of London's buses.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:04 pm 

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Sometime ago I prommised some pictures of the driving controls of the GWR/AEC railcar at Didcot. Because I lost my job,last year so was no able to get some pictures until recently

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The GWR Diesel Railcars were designed to replace the branch steam looc, which meant having to shunt any or all goods yards. AEC came up with this very ingenious design. The red handle on the left enables you to drive the Railcar while leaning out of the window. In the fully down position the brakes are on, lift the lever up and the brakes are released, lift the lever up further and whatever gear you have selected on the preselect panel is engaged, and lift the lever up further and the throttle is engaged, bring the lever down, and the drive is disengaged, and bring the lever down further and the brakes are applied. The lever with the pad on top is the gear select, it is in neutral a the moment, then clockwise 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th. The 2 levers below the gear select are the clutch and forward & reverse select

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In the middle of the dash. vacuum gauge to the left, as the Railcar has normal coach brakes, as it is designed to haul a trailing load. Just to the left and right of the speedo, you can see 2 white panels, these are the engine start buttons, the top 2 on either side are the car, and the bottom 2 are the trailer car. Yes they were designed to work in multiple in 1940. What looks like a speedo actually is a tacho until 5th gear is reached, then it becomes a speedo. You can see the throttle on the floor. To the right of the dash is the air pressure gauge.

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here you can see the handbrake borh cabs have one, and the vacuum brake applicator valve. just to the right of that is the ATC equipment, then the other end of the shunting control lever

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