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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 25 - Autumn 1975
Scammell 3-wheel Mechanical Horse RSL 732
Issue No. 22 illustrated the Scammell when it had arrived at Quainton a year ago and we described its early history in our Spring issue. We are now able to bring the story up to date and to show the results of the restoration work carried out in the past summer.
The tractor unit was originally supplied on 8th August 1944 to the Ministry of Defence and it worked at a number of Army depots until it was withdrawn and disposed of by Ruddington Auctions in 1967. It was sold into private hands and acquired last year by John Woolley who brought it to Quainton. John decided to offer it for sale and it was promptly bought by Brian Clifford.
On inspection Brian found the engine was in a good condition due to a low mileage of 9500. The engine is a Scammell four cylinder, 10 horse power, side valve unit which he has decoked and overhauled during the year. The tractor has two cable brakes on the rear wheels as well as two handbrakes fitted to the two axles, thus giving a variety of methods of making brake applications! The speedometer takes the form of a Geeson meter which is a light which flickers at speeds varying with the speed of the vehicle. After a timed trial Brian found the tractor had a top speed of 32 mph compared with the 20 to 25 mph recommended.
Restoration was carried out by Brian at his home at Acton and it is undoubtedly the only GW & GC Joint vehicle to receive an MOT Test! The livery of dark blue is that which was carried by delivery lorries working from the High Wycombe to Harrow Joint line stations in 'old days'.
A more recent purchase is the flat trailer which was purchased from an NCL depot in North London. It is one of the last of its kind and was made in 1958 for the Eastern Region. It is in immaculate condition, MOT Tested, and was delivered to Quainton with the help of some Stour Valley RPS members.
The tractor and trailer are together and are being usefully employed in collecting and delivery duties in and between the yards at Quainton; thanks to the efforts and offer made by Brian to the Society.
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