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Tram-style reversible seats: inside the Autocar.

Back in the March 2016 issue I wrote about the remarkable project to resurrect the long-lost Autocar from being found as a sub-prime, overgrown holiday home to a working train, complete with Edwardian driving trailer. ‘What’s a 1903 vintage vehicle doing in “Modern” Railways?’ you could ask, but it is the ancestor of almost all the passenger vehicles we run today. It was the irst rail vehicle to carry its own internal combustion engine with electric transmission, so more relevant than Flying Scotsman, if less likely to block the line with adoring crowds.

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