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Skoda Heavy Atillery -Plate 5

The Austro-Daimler "C-Zug", or "generator car", designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porshe, was one of those inventions ahead of its time. First introduced in 1909 as an all purpose locomotive for military fort railways, it soon evolved into a road vehicle for carrying extra heavy loads.

It used a revolutionary method of propulsion - a gasoline engine in the main body of the machine is connected to a generator, which in turn provides electrical power to motors attached to each of the rear wheels. By a system of interconnecting cables, electricity can then be transferred to the specially built trailers which consist of two identical four-wheel units placed end to end, also each with its own motor.
In the end this resulted into a powerful, flexible system, able to transport considerable loads over long distances.

Another feature was the ability to travel on a variety of surfaces, by replacing wheel rims. The "standard" wheels are designed for rail travel (either under its own power or towed by a conventional locomotive) and special rims for road -with solid rubber tyres- or rough unprepared surfaces -metallic wide track wheels reminiscent of those used in the M17 tractor- can be fitted.

The trailer units are also entirely interchangeable with one another, for added flexibility.

Other plates in the series:

The cover

Plate I

Plate II

Plate IV

Plate V

Plate VI

Plate VII

Plate VIII
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cullyferg2010's avatar
The good doctor was ahead of his time.  Though his tank was a failure, the VW was a better success.
wingsofwrath's avatar
He was indeed ahead of his time. Shame about his political affiliations in the late 30s and early 40s though...
cullyferg2010's avatar
Same as Focke.  And in regard to the generator car, the French tried the same thing with the St, Chammond tank; using electric motors to run the tracks while an engine generator powered them.  The main problem was not enough ground clearance between the bottom of the hull and the earth.  Once stuck, the drivers would burn out the rheostats controlling the tracks by working them back and forth.
wingsofwrath's avatar
Let's not forget they also built a few self-propelled howitzers along the same lines which were a lot more successful. Besides, I illustrated both the St.Chamond tank and one of the howitzers for Shadowless waaay back in 2011.
cullyferg2010's avatar
Hope they were of a better success than the tank.  Need to check on your illustration for the St. Chamond, and any other French vehicles of the time.
AzabacheSilver's avatar
Is that a "Schlanke Emma" it's hauling?…
PetoriusRex's avatar
Is this the real deal??? It reminds me of something steampunk-ish. Very cool either way around. :thumbsup: I like the whole series.
PetoriusRex's avatar
I am sorry if I offended you. The more of these plates I looked at, and read the details, I realized these were real machines. AMAZING machines and weapons for the day and age. I love History. I love military equipment. This is fantastic work and material.
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