Another road vehicle this week. A Commer Q2 lorry dating from 1948, which was previously owned by the Auxiliary Fire Service. It has a six cylinder petrol engine with a fuel economy of 10 miles to the gallon.
Driving can be challenging as it has a crash gearbox (no synchromesh), no power assistance and hand signals only. The windscreen can be opened up in bad weather for when the wiper cannot cope!
The photo dates from 1993, when it was taken a few times to vintage vehicle rallies, but having to be stored outside for a number of years until new sheds were built, it is also waiting a repaint and some body work repairs.
A trio of road vehicles this week. On the left a Stothert & Pitt Vibroll roller, centre a Ransomes MG market garden tractor, and right a Bonser truck. The MG tractor was a visitor, but we now have our own Mark 2 model. The other two are still at the museum.
The Bonser truck predates the railway, and was used to serve the chicken sheds, two of which can be seen in the background of this photograph dating from 1987.
As we near Christmas, today's photograph is a winter scene taken in early 1987 of Simplex Motor Rail No.7493 built in 1940. The loco was acquired from Henry Oakland & Sons Ltd, Escrick Tile Works, York.
The volunteers at the museum wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and hopefully a better New Year.
One of our exhibits currently on loan elsewhere is Motor Rail locomotive works number 8826 built 1943. The design dates back to the first world war where locomotives of this type were used on trench railways close to the front line.
In 1943, the MOD ordered a number of Motor Rail locomotives for movement of stores at depots which were planned to be set up on the cessation of hostilities. Our locomotive went to an ammunition base at Arsbeck. In the late 1970s the depots in Germany transferred to road haulage and the locomotive was moved to the Cinque Ports Training Area (CPTA) Lydd on Dungeness Marsh.
In the mid 1980s the locomotives were due for disposal, and 8826 was offered to the museum. The locomotive was in full working order and still carried its original 1943 wartime Matt Sage
Green livery. The name had been painted on in Germany using stencils.
After a few years in store at a Talyllyn member’s yard, the locomotive was placed on loan at North Ings Farm Museum, where it is used for passenger train haulage and an annual young persons’ railway experience day.
The photographs show the locomotive on arrival at North Ings, and on a Railway Experience Day.