The 'Micheline' - a train on pneumatic tyres
The 'Micheline' - the first train on pneumatic tyres. In commercial use since 1931 - the birth of the Michelin Tyre. This example was run on the L.M.S. Line (Bletchley to Oxford) in 1932. Michelines offered unprecedented ride smoothness, but they soon proved to be problematic because the low load that the wheels could bear limited railcar sizes and demanded a high number of tyres (up to 20) per car. Furthermore, they were subject to flat tyres, unlike cars with steel wheels. The trains of the Paris metro (RATP) still run with rubber tyres.
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Khojak Tunnel and railway, Balochistan, British India
Khojak Tunnel (Shela Bagh Tunnel) on the Quetta railway, Qilla Abdullah District, Balochistan Province, British India (now in Pakistan), near the border with Afghanistan. Date: circa 1910s
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Southern Railway Firemen
Firefighters working for Southern Railway spray water onto the roof of a train. Southern Railway employed eighty A.F.S. men in order to fight fires caused by Luftwaffe incendiary bombs.
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