As the are not Hi-Rail type vehicles like the ones at KiwiRail, they would be used like motor trolleys. The trailing one is out of gear, no engine running and towed like an unbraked wagon. The leading truck and use all gears and go as fast as permissible. Once at destination, the trailing truck takes the lead and the process is reversed.
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Feb 17, 2015 14:21:03 GMT 12
It wasn't the NZ Army who built railway lines in North Africa, Dave.
It was track gangs from the New Zealand Government Railways Department.
Likewise, the trains were operated by Mechanical Branch staff and Traffic Branch Staff from the NZGR.
Although they came under army discipline, the NZGR workers remained as employees of NZ Government Railways and held their seniority positions while on overseas service.
Sadly, other returned servicemen didn't recognise the railway workers as being returned servicemen and they were barred from joining the RSA on their return from overseas.
I worked with old-school locomotive drivers when I was a boy on the job at Napier back in the mid-1970s, who were still really bitter about how they had been treated by returned servicemen and the Returned Services Association.
A lot of those chaps had heavy-drinking problems (including while on the job) and I have often wondered since if that was their way of dealing with the way they were treated.
After all, those chaps were under constant attack by the Luftwaffe and the Africa Korps, even though they were operating a railway and not shooting back.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 18, 2015 10:04:16 GMT 12
Though similar I cannot find any pictures of a beer barrel Ford truck that looks to match. The windscreen arrangement is different as is the fact this is a soft top, and the wheels look German/Italian to me, but it's the sill behind the doors that is distinctly different from the Ford. Unless they changed the whole back of the cab, and the windscreen when it was converted to a soft top? And added some wheels from something else?
When I first saw it the first thing that entered my head was Fiat. But I can't find a match for that brand either.