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Historical means of Transport: Railcar (Draisine) Tatra 15/30 stamp from Czech Republic

Historical means of Transport: Railcar (Draisine) Tatra 15/30 stamp from Czech Republic
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Within the series "Historical Means of Transport" Ceska posta issued a stamp depicting the legendary Tatra 15/30.

The Tatra 15/30 is a unique four-seat engine-driven draisine (railcar mounted on a four-wheel undercarrige). The draisine has a front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive. It is driven by a boxer air-cooled, flat, four-cylinder with a capacity of 1,680 cc and an output of 18 kW (24 HP). It has a two-speed gear. The maximum speed is 80 km/h. It has mechanical breaks, manual for the rear wheels and a pedal for the front wheels. It is suspended by leaf springs, used in railcars to provide sufficient comfort.

The special feature of the Tatra 15/30 its swiveling base which allows the car to turn by 180° without the need of a turntable or passing siding. The draisine could therefore ride on a single truck between two railway stations. The Tatra draisine from the Technical Museum in Prague, depicted on the new stamp, acted in the Oscar-winning film "Ostre sledovane vlaky" ("Trainspotting") directed by Jiri Menzel.

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