I am trying to find out more about a railcar designed and built by my grandfather's brother, Jim (and more about Jim). I noticed in the Web site that you are restoring a BSA railcar. I wonder if you have any information about early railcars in South Africa.

Jim built a railcar which he later sold to BSA.

From "A Catalogue of the Papers of the Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited"

MSS.19A/1/2/4 1908 Dec 2:

Scope and Content Management Committee's report to Board : alteration of working hours, trial of 50-hour week; state of orders in various departments; order for manufacture of 10 Drewry railcars.

I have a picture of the early railcar at: http://drewry.net/JimandAlf.htm [see picture below]. I believe he took this car to Africa.

Apparently another brother, Bill, worked on the railways in South Africa and disappeared out there.

Anyway, I guess, I am probably looking for a needle in a haystack but am writing to you just in case you might be able to help (and thought you could be interested in the photograph).

Good wishes,

Tony Drewry
Senior Lecturer,
Faculty of Computing Engineering & Mathematical Sciences,
University of the West of England,
Bristol, BS16 1QY
Tel. +44(0)117 3283166
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