24th March 2009
Above: Fifty years ahead of its time, the Autocar clearly attracted admirers in this view taken early on in its life.
Photo: The Ken Hoole Study Centre
Above: The use of conventional railway carriage construction is readily apparent in this view, believed to be taken at Darlington.
Photo: Ken Hoole Study Centre
Above: The Autocar today, as stored at Boulton Abbey on the Embsay & Boulton Abbey Railway in the Yorkshire Dales. It is weathertight and waits for funds to materialise to enable it to be restored to working order for use both at Embsay and, I hope, Beamish where it would certainly look at home in the NER station recreation, offering rides along the demonstration line here.
A first stage Heritage Lottery Fund pass has been made which is extremly encouraging and enables detailed grant application work to take place before the final bid is submitted. Motors and some electrical equipment has been secured and there is a likely chance of a matching trailer coach being obtained to further add value to the project.
If you would like to help support this wonderful project and see and ride the autocar at Beamish, have a look at the website www.electricautocar.co.uk