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Surviving Steam Trams of the World - Steam Railcars

This page is one of a series of pages using the research of Don Sibley and Derek Rayner. Click one of the links below for the other pages:

Not quite steam trams but…

Definitely not steam trams but…


Steam railcars (often confusingly called railmotors because the Australians sometimes used this term for their steam trams) had a longer life than steam trams but even fewer survive because the only use for them when they were made redundant was to strip out the steam engine and turn them into 'normal' coaches. Quite a few survive in that state and it is not impossible, like the GWR example below, that they will be 'restored' in due course.

Not so long back (OK 30 years ago), there were near derelict Clayton steam railcars in Sudan and Sentinel steam railcars in Malawi, but I do not know if they still survive.

The book "Pickled Passengers" by Paul Bennett. is about Sentinel-Cammell narrow gauge steam railcars with lots of photos and a works list in the appendices.

Click on a thumbnail for a larger picture, then click the link or the image to return to this page. The page with the larger image carries the name of the photographer concerned, as you will see further pictures are needed. If you can fill the gaps or provide an alternative larger image approx 800 x 600, please get in touch using the email address at the bottom of the page.

Latest entries are Ralf Aroksalasch's picture of the Växjö-Alvesta railcar (28th September 2015) and Neil Edwards' picture of the standard gauge Swedish railcar (3rd June 2015)..

Asia

Owner

Owner No

Builder

Wks No/date

Gauge
(mm)

Wheels

Location / Notes

Japan

6014 Kisha 19/1912 1067 Not
applicable
Tokai Railway Museum, Nagoya

Sri Lanka

Ceylon Government Railways 331 Sentinel 7303/1928 762 Not
applicable
Dematagoda, Colombo

Australasia

Owner

Owner No

Builder

Wks No/date

Gauge
(mm)

Wheels

Location / Notes

Australia

South Australia Railway 1 Kitson ????/1905 1067 Loco part 0-4-0 Pich Richi Railway
'Coffee Pot'
Pictures and more pictures

Europe

Owner

Owner No

Builder

Wks No/date

Gauge
(mm)

Wheels

Location / Notes

Czech Republic

kkStB 11 Ringhoffer 65168/1903 1435 Not
applicable
Known as a Komarek railcar, this being the manufacturer of the boiler (349/1905)
it was renumbered kkStB 1.001 and then ČSD 124.001
Czech Railway Museum, Lužná

Germany

Pilatusbahn 10 SLM 1309/1900 800 Not
applicable
Rack railway
Deutsches Museum, Munich
Information

Your
Picture
Here!

Bayerischen Staatsbahn Maffei 1435 Not
applicable
For a different but similar railcar see: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayerischer_MCCi.
Power unit only, damaged by fire 2005, DB Museum, Nuremberg. Picture on http://lokalbahns.webs.com/photos/Glaskasten/br-98-319894.jpg no longer available by October 14

Spain

  Your
Picture
Here!
Zafra a Huelva Sentinel 7604/1929 1674 Not
applicable
Venta de Baños
Information and picture.

Sweden

Dala–Ockelbo–Norrsundet Järnväg 'Majorn' Atlas, Stockhom 18/1888 891 Not
applicable
Jädraås–Tallås Järnväg
Halmstad-Nässjö Järnvägs Atlas 19/1888 1435 Not
applicable
Nässjö Railway Museum
Picture
Växjö-Alvesta Järnväg
Oxelösund–Flen–Västmanlands Järnväg
OFWJ workshops, Eskilstuna 2/1884 1435 Not
applicable
Munktells Museum, formerly at Gävle (until 2008)
Story. Back at Gavle (temporarily?) in September 2015

Switzerland

Pilatusbahn 9 SLM 514/1888 800 Not
applicable
Rack railway
Transport Museum Lucerne

Uerikon- Bauma 31 Esslingen ????/1902 1435 Not
applicable
Zurich
Information and picture

United Kingdom

Egyptian National Railways Sentinel 9518/1951 1435 Not
applicable
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Information  
Great Western Railway 93 GWR 1435 Not
applicable
Didcot Railway Centre
More information
and picture

These are those former steam (Sentinel) railcars which have been de-engined which I have located with a quick search aided by this discussion forum

Asia

Owner

Owner No

Builder

Wks No/date

Gauge
(mm)

Wheels

Location / Notes

Sri Lanka

Ceylon Government Railways 332 Sentinel ????/1928 762 Not
applicable
Dematagoda, Colombo

Australasia

Owner

Owner No

Builder

Wks No/date

Gauge
(mm)

Wheels

Location / Notes

Australia

  Your
Picture
Here!
Tasmanian Government Railways SP4 Sentinel 8812/1933 1067 Not
applicable
De-engined by 1949
Glenorchy, Tasmania
  Your
Picture
Here!
Tasmanian Government Railways SP5 Sentinel 9201/1937 1067 Not
applicable
De-engined by 1949
Bellarine Railway, Victoria
  Your
Picture
Here!
Tasmanian Government Railways SP6 Sentinel 9202/1937 1067 Not
applicable
De-engined by 1949
Formerly Derwent Valley Railway, now Granton, Tasmania

Tasmanian Government Railways SP7 Sentinel 9234/1937 1067 Not
applicable
De-engined by 1949
Don Valley Railway, Tasmania
  Your
Picture
Here!
Tasmanian Government Railways SP8 Sentinel 9235/1937 1067 Not
applicable
De-engined by 1949
Bellarine Railway, Victoria
  Your
Picture
Here!
Tasmanian Government Railways SP9 Sentinel 9238/1937 1067 Not
applicable
De-engined by 1949
Formerly Wee Georgie Wood Railway, now West Strahan, Tasmania
  Your
Picture
Here!
ALT 5 Sentinel ????/???? 1067 Not
applicable
South West Rail & Heritage Centre, Boyanup, WA
Pictures:
http://www.westonlangford.com/media/photos/129140.jpg
http://www.westonlangford.com/media/photos/129141.jpg

Europe

Owner

Owner No

Builder

Wks No/date

Gauge
(mm)

Wheels

Location / Notes

Sweden

Your
Picture
Here!
Munktells  ????/1884 1435 Not
applicable
In use as a summer house outside Eskilstuna
Story

United Kingdom

Jersey Railway Sentinel 6694/1927 1435 Not
applicable
Railcar body only, formerly Jersey Eastern Railway 'Britanny', information.
Now at Georg Hocevar's SC Ateliere Centrale SA in Crisçior, Romania for measurements for an authentic replica (2nd picture). Then intended for scrap... 
Picture 

South America

Owner

Owner No

Builder

Wks No/date

Gauge
(mm)

Wheels

Location / Notes

Peru

  FCTA 261 Sentinel ????/???? 1435 Not
applicable
Converted to diesel power and active at least until 2010.
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?road_number=FCTA%20261
steamlocomotive.info reports several other extant railcars.


Rob Dickinson

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