My information suggests that these broad gauge(63") cars from Victoria followed the traditions of AustralianRailways and were a knock-out of the American Casey Jones - possibleya series 531 car. These cars were built by the Spotswood Workshops,with castings coming from the Newport Workshops, just out ofMelbourne.
I have not had a look at one of these closely fora number of years.
I found my VR book on trolleys and identified twoversions the "K" and the "KS". The above being the KS.
My book advises that the KS is lighter car capableof carrying 4 men or sevenhundredweight, whilst the heavier K cancarry 8 men, or half an imperial ton. The cars were two strokepowered, with a larger unit (8 BHP verses 6BHP) fitted to the KClass.
Richard Andrews advises;
"The Victorian 63" trolley is the original KStype, which became the 6W when the engine in it and the K type wherereplaced with the Wisconsin AENLD 9.2 hp engine, and the GraniteState Machine Co. model 5101E reversing gearbox.
When the KS became the 6W, the seat was toonarrow to fit the Wisconsin engine with its upright cylinder betweenthe seat frames, so the VR widened the seat by welding in some Lshaped gussets into the seat frame. This also necessitated drillingthree new holes in the seat timber to keep the handbrake ratchetrelative to the ferodo drum brake mechanism. And this is why thereare three holes in the metal seat frame that line up with thehandbrake ratchet, but are a few inches away. The slide mechanism totighten the belt was ditched for a chain drive, and a piece of 1/4"plate welded to the middle frame rails to hold the Wisconsin andgearbox. I believe Naismith Engineering was the firm that organisedthis modification.
They still sell the same Granite gearboxes, thedesign hasn't changed in 30 years".
Interestingly, there was an "NKS" car built forVictorias' 30" gauge lines. Heressome pics.
Email - Richard Andrews
Motive Power in Miniature - The VictorianRailways Newsletter April 1956
Instructions - for the operation, care andmainetenance of ----- VR February 1961
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