Train GraphicClick on the map to explore geographics
 
I need help
FAQ
Emergency
About
Waterloo Campaign
Travel & transport from BBC stories as at 08:55 10 Aug 2022
- Kenya elections 2022: Raila Odinga and William Ruto in tight race for president
- Restore Avanti rail services or end contract, leaders tell government
Read about the forum [here].
Register [here] - it's free.
What do I gain from registering? [here]
 20/08/22 - Imber bus day
15/09/22 - RailFuture conference, Leeds
22/09/22 - World Car Free Day
21/10/22 - TWSW General Meeting

On this day
10th Aug (1902)
Opening West Hill Cliff Lift, Hastings (*)

Train RunningCancelled
06:43 Hereford to London Paddington
08:04 Exeter Central to Barnstaple
08:30 Liskeard to Looe
08:35 Basingstoke to Reading
08:36 Oxford to Didcot Parkway
08:59 Reading to Basingstoke
09:05 Looe to Liskeard
09:35 Barnstaple to Exeter Central
09:53 Basingstoke to Reading
10:08 Looe to Liskeard
Short Run
07:07 Worcester Shrub Hill to Weymouth
07:50 Reading to Gatwick Airport
08:06 London Paddington to Newbury
08:35 Barnstaple to Exeter Central
08:42 Westbury to Gloucester
09:08 London Paddington to Newbury
09:29 Gatwick Airport to Reading
09:47 Newbury to London Paddington
10:57 Newbury to London Paddington
Delayed
05:03 Penzance to London Paddington
07:24 Worcester Shrub Hill to London Paddington
PollsThere are no open or recent polls
Abbreviation pageAcronymns and abbreviations
Stn ComparatorStation Comparator
Rail newsNews Now - live rail news feed
Site Style 1 2 3 4
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
August 10, 2022, 09:04:09 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most recently liked subjects
[203] Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since Septemb...
[49] Aberthaw Power Station and Decarbonisation
[46] Buying a WY rover from a GWR station
[44] Bath bus station new passenger information screens
[38] On-train catering
[34] Reopening former rail line between Hythe and Totton - ongoing ...
News: the Great Western Coffee Shop ... keeping you up to date with travel around the South West
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
  Print  
Author Topic: OTD - 22nd January (1830) - Sail powered rail  (Read 301 times)
grahame
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 36592



View Profile WWW Email
« on: January 21, 2022, 10:07:51 pm »

From Douglas Self

Quote
Sail on the South Carolina Railroad: 1830

"On the 22nd of January, 1830, a car which had been constructed to be propelled by a sail, was carried along at the rate of 20 miles an hour, the whole length of the rail

Quote
SAIL ON THE RAIL IN SCOTLAND: 1831 - 1841

On the 16th of December 1831 the Dundee and Newtyle railway opened in the Strathmore valley in Scotland. Its main purpose was to get produce from the Strathmore valley to the city of Dundee. At this early date it was a completely isolated line.

"William McIntosh, a surgeon of Strathmore has left an interesting account of the horse-operated service that linked Coupar Angus and Ardler between 1837 and 1841. The solitary passenger vehicle had masts fitted at the corners and when the wind was right a tarpaulin was stretched between the poles. With this spread of canvas and a brisk wind the carriage could achieve a speed of 20mph. The horse trotted behind the carriage ready to take over if the wind dropped."

and from various other sources





or if you want something more modern?



Logged

Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest.
bradshaw
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
******
Posts: 1184



View Profile
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2022, 10:16:38 pm »

http://www.copsewood.org/ng_rly/sailbogie/sailbogie.htm
Some interesting stuff here
Logged
broadgage
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
******
Posts: 4955



View Profile
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2022, 05:47:55 am »

In parts of Asia, wind assisted wheelbarrows and hand carts were used for light freight, especially up inclines in mountain passes with frequent favourable winds. Google "chinese wheelbarrow with sail" for details.

In the alternate history novel "Pavane" by Keith Roberts mention is made of wind assisted motor cars "butterfly cars" Wind assistance being helpful because the Church placed strict limits on the capacity of internal combustion engines.
Logged

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
CyclingSid
Data Manager
Hero Member
******
Posts: 1545


Hockley viaduct


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2022, 07:21:51 am »

and without the rails
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_sailing
or
http://www.britishlandsailing.org.uk/

also practiced by the Duchess of Cambridge, sort of thing they do at Scottish Universities
Logged
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

 
Pages: [1]
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit www.gwr.com for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants

Jump to top of pageJump to Forum Home Page