Leyland railmotor

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Leyland railmotor
Leyland railmotor no.51.jpg
Leyland railmotor number 51
Type and origin
Power type Petrol engine
Designer Victorian Railways
Builder Leyland (Engine)
Victorian Railways (Body)
Build date 1925 - 1926
Total produced 4
Specifications
Gauge 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)
Length 42.5 ft (13.0 m)
Fuel type Petrol
Performance figures
Power output 100 hp (75 kW)
Career
Operator(s) Victorian Railways
Number in class 4
Number(s) RM 51 - RM54
First run 1925

The Leyland railmotor (also known at the Double ended railmotor) was introduced by the Victorian Railways in 1925 after the success of the A.E.C. railmotor the Victorian Railways wanted to build a more powerful and comfortable railmotor. Four of the railmotors were built by the Victorian Railways for use in Victoria mostly on the services to Echuca, Cohuna, Whittlesea and Tallangatta with the occasional trip to Mansfield and Maffra. The Leylands remained in service until the last two were withdrawn in July 1954 after the introduction of the Walker railmotors.

The Victorian Railways also built two similar railmotors for the Tasmanian Railways in 1925.

53RM is preserved at the Daylesford Spa Country Railway, it is planned to return it to service when time and funds permit.

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