102hp Walker railmotor
|102hp Walker Railmotor|
102hp Walker railmotor soon after delivery
|Type and origin|
|Builder||Walker Bros. (Power Unit),
Martin & King (Body),
Victorian Railways (Assemble).
|Total produced||12 + spare power unit|
|Gauge||5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)|
|Fuel capacity||182 l|
|Maximum speed||70 km/h|
|Power output||102 horsepower (76 kW)|
|Number in class||12|
|Number(s)||RM 1 - RM 12, RM 13 (Power unit)|
|First run||15 March 1948|
After the Second World War, the Victorian Railways undertook a major rebuilding program known as "Operation Phoenix". One of the first tasks was the upgrading of passenger services on country branch lines, through the replacement of 23 wooden bodied railmotors built in the 1920s, and the withdrawal of steam locomotive hauled mixed trains. An initial order of six 153hp railcars, twelve 102hp railcars and twelve 280hp railcars from Walker Brothers in Wigan, England was placed, this was extended to include a further 102hp railmotor, being the delivered into revenue service on Wednesday, 26 January 1955.
Thirteen 102hp units were built in total.
|Railmotor||Entered service||Withdrawn||Scrapped||Current Status|
|1RM||Thursday, 4 March 1948||Sunday, 19 November 1972||Scrapped.|
|2RM||Sunday, 14 March 1948|
|3RM||Friday, 6 August 1948|
|4RM||Tuesday, 15 February 1949|
|5RM||Wednesday, 1 June 1949||Sunday, 24 February 1974||Scrapped|
|6RM||Thursday, 23 June 1949|
|7RM||Friday, 22 July 1949||Monday, 3 April 1978||N/A||Stored at Daylesford Spa Country Railway|
|8RM||Monday, 26 September 1949|
|9RM||Monday, 10 October 1949||Tuesday, 1 June 1976||Scrapped|
|10RM||Friday, 4 November 1949|
|11RM||Tuesday, 20 December 1949|
|12RM||Friday, 10 February 1950||1980||Scrapped|
|13RM||Wednesday, 26 January 1955|
- "Railmotors: 102 hp Walker". VICSIG. www.vicsig.net. Retrieved 2008-03-24.