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Vintage Locomotives of India

Matheran Rail Car No 8899



Builder: Grashame (country of origin unknown) Class: --- Year Built: 1932 Service: Neral-Matheran line on the MLR (Matheran Light Railway) (later CR: Central Railway), Wheel Arrangement: 4-wheel bogie at front end, single axle at the rear Numbering: 899 Named: --- Unique Features: Unusual wheel arrangement (see above), chain drive, wooden body. Rail Gauge: ng (2' 0")




This extremely lightweight (1.5 tonnes) railcar was used on the Neral-Matheran line on the CR. Power to the wheels is transmitted by a chain, and the wheel arrangement is rather peculiar.(see 50.1 above). With a wooden body and a fuel tank capacity of 10 gallons, the car could seat 12 passengers. Like all other cars-on-rails, this one is provided with a hand brake as well. Although there is one more similar railcar still in existence on the Neral-Matheran line (2000), she is used by inspecting officials only,and does not run a regular service.


Crane Tank

Builder: Hawthorn Leslie, UK Class: None Year Built: 1923 Service: GIPR (Great Indian Peninsula Railway), Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0T Numbering: Initially 3538, GIP no. 3 Named: ---- Rail Gauge: bg (5' 6")


Small steam locomotives fitted with cranes were once very popular, especially in railway workshops, where they served a dual purpose. As steam locomotives, they could be used as works shunters, moving vehicles within, and in and out or workshops. In their spare time, they could be used as cranes within the workshops, for lifting vehicles off their undercarriages etc. Such machines were popularly known as 'crane tanks'. Crane Tank # 3 pictures above is one of three such machines used in the Parel Workshops of the GIP Railway.(now CR). The engine is fitted with three cylinders: two to power the locomotive, and one for the crane.

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