Fell Prototype Locomotive


Fell Prototype Locomotive

Product no.: 0290

Summary of Contents 

 

 Soon after its formation British Railways was actively looking for a more economical replacement for steam locomotives. Of course this involved trying some designs that were not proceeded with  One of these was the Fell Diesel Locomotive.  This used   no less than Six  separate  diesel engines all under the control of the driver.  The film opens with a review of latest competitive  1951 loco designs before introducing designer Colonel Fell.  Starts with a review of  the limitations of competitive designs .

  The aim of the Fell Transmission was to link the efficient diesel engine to its work without the losses in the transmission. Supervised by HG Ivastt  for the London Midland Region.    This was a pretty short lived design and the ironical thing is that  most engineers could spot the huge snag that  on moving off only one engine could be put to work  if it was used as described..  This is a fascinating what might have been. Once the loco disappeared this film was probably withdrawn as an embarrassing reminder of what went wrong.. Black and White 15mins.  Of particular interest to anybody looking at early steps away from steam traction. 

 

Information from Research and Supplied by Audience and other sources.

http://www.therailwaycentre.com/Pages%20Loco/Recognition%20loco/Illus_Fell.html

For more back ground and the text of the Fell information leaflet visit 

http://www.paxmanhistory.org.uk/paxfell.htm

This is entirely different machine from the Fell Locomotive preserved in New Zealand which is much older..

 

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Information from Research and Supplied by Audience and other sources.

http://www.therailwaycentre.com/Pages%20Loco/Recognition%20loco/Illus_Fell.html

For more back ground and the text of the Fell information leaflet visit 

http://www.paxmanhistory.org.uk/paxfell.htm

This is entirely different machine from the Fell Locomotive preserved in New Zealand which is much older.

British Railways had an exhibition at Willesden (date unknown ) The catalogue addend the following information after trials  Weight 120tons  Max Speed 74mph  Max Tractive effort 33,500 lbs  ( For comparison  a 0-6-0 diesel electric shunter  with 400 hp produced 35,000 lbs weighed 49ton  but had a top speed on 20mph  while  Class 5 weighed about the same as the Fell at 128 tons  at but could only pull 26,120 lbs.  Top speed not stated  but probably faster that a fell.

Main engines were by Davy Paxman of Colchester  while Fell Developments  Ltd were at 20 Bishopgate London EC2

 

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