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~~Classic Road Vehicles – Scammel Scarab British Railways Delivery Lorry
The mechanical horse first appeared during the 1930s as a replacement for the horse drawn local parcel delivery service operated by the big four railway companies (LMS, GWR,
In 1947/48 the big four railway companies were merged into one nationalised railway service called British Railways, and Scammel produced an updated version of their mechanical horse for use within the new British Railways, primarily as the local station to doorstep delivery service. This version of the mechanical horse was called the Scammel Scarab.
Although initially produced for British Railways, the versatility and capability of the Scarab meant that it became widely used across many other industries and businesses, both large national organisations and small private works and factories. The Scarab was used extensively throughout the 1950s and 1960s and was a common sight in towns and industrial complexes across the land.
The Scarab consists of a three wheel tractor unit with a very tight turning circle and load towing capacity of 3 or 6 tons (designated MH3 or MH6 respectively). Many trailer variants were produced according to the required use. By employing a standard single action coupling mechanism trailers could be moved around with minimum delay.
This model set
This is a model of the British Railways variant with three trailer types, constructed in one of the colour schemes used by BR during the 1960s, red and yellow (sometimes referred to as ‘blood and custard’).
The model consists of a tractor unit, three trailer types and two figures. The three trailer types shown here are box van, drop side and flatbed, these were used extensively across the railway network for goods depot to doorstep parcel delivery.
Each trailer comes with a selection of parcels and may be detached from the tractor to stand alone using the drop down support (in a similar manner to the real thing). The box trailer is shown with doors and a tailgate, this may be constructed with just the tailgate representing another variant. There are several kit options here, the three trailers and tractor unit may be produced as one overall single kit or as three separate tractor and trailer kits. The box van trailer can be rebuilt into the drop side or flatbed options as required.
The overall aim of this kit is to produce a model of the Scammel Scarab British Railways set
that is sufficiently accurate to appeal to the older collector and young builder. The kit is constructed mainly from the general bricks and plates within the Lego range, there are some bricks which have a more specific use such as the wheel arches and van doors, but specific use bricks have been kept to a minimum as far as possible. An advantage of this approach is that if the model is broken down, the individual bricks may be re-used to support other projects (this should appeal to the young builder). Similarly, the simplicity of the kit means that additional tractor/trailer units may be built to simulate a real life working environment of a railway goods yard or town scene so typical of the 1960s era.