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OXFORD DIECAST NMH004 N SCALE Mechanical horse in LNER livery

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OXFORD DIECAST NMH004 N SCALE Mechanical horse in LNER livery

We have researched these with the help of the Mechanical Horse Club, who have an informative website for those of you wanting further background on the vehicles that proved the backbone of rail-yard transportation, as well as use by delivery companies and the armed forces in their time. They were even seen on aircraft carriers!
The Mechanical Horse was conceived following a request from LNER to the quality car and aero-engine makers Napier. Not wishing to manufacture the concept, they in turn sold the idea to Scammell of Watford, whose designer O D North refined and developed the idea, which was launched in 1934. The early version was constructed on a steel channel frame with a cab made of wood with canvas doors. It came in two sizes, capable of carrying loads of 3 tons and 6 tons and was powered by a Scammell side valve engine. With a road speed of around 20 m ph, petrol consumption was between 10 and 20 mpg. Over the years the Mechanical Horse was updated in design, materials and engine capacity and lasted in production until 1967.

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