RE: Interurban without wires, EMC Doodlebug
Tim, lovely work as usual. You keep going from strength to strength!
Nearly a year ago, I modelled a similar vehicle. The Victorian Railways here in Australia imported two doodlebugs in the mid-late 1920s. Impressed, we built a few more (less than a dozen IIRC) and these vehicles were quite successful. Originally petrol-electric, they were re-engined in the early 1950s with diesel engines and became known as DERMs (Diesel-Electric Rail Motors). Two were modernised in the 1970s and the last of these vehicles was not retired until 1991! I cant think of any US Doodlebugs lasting in revenue service that long.
Anyhoo, I made this model, which runs well and has proper sounds, although it doesn't have a cab as yet. Dunno if it'll ever see the light of day. Pretty good to see how the Aussie version compares to the US original.
Oh yeah, it comes with a trailer, also modelled.
Posting here since July 2002. I've had fun!