Penlowry

Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Mother’s Pride

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As part of my research for Penlowry, I’ve been looking at other forms of transport. Having already done some previous research I’ve now done a smidgen more, and the following vehicles are (just about) acceptable for the period, and I can also tell you that the Mother’s Pride brand of bread was first recorded in an advert in 1936. Aren’t you pleased I looked that up for you?!

Ford Thames ET6 – actually introduced 1949 but close enough for me

Ford ET6

Jen-Tug

In the late 1940s, production of another commercial vehicle, the ‘Jen-Tug’ began. It was a 3 ton articulated vehicle, available with a wide range of trailers, including a flat trailer, a wire-sided trailer, a box trailer, a tipping trailer, a shallow tipping trailer, a high-sided trailer, a swan-neck trailer with winch, and a container.

The cab had an Austin A.50 four-cylinder, overhead valve petrol engine, with a capacity of 1.5 litres, and an output of 50 b.h.p. at 4,400 r.p.m. It had a built-in four-speed synchromesh gearbox, a Borg & Beck, single dry-plate 8 inch hydraulically operated clutch, and was mounted on an easily removeable sub-frame. It also had powerful Girling hydraulic brakes with 11 inch diameter drums on both the tractor and trailer, a Jensen patent tractor coupling, operated from the cab, and a turning circle of 22 feet. (More info: http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/commercial/Jensen.htm)

Jen tug

Ford E83W Van – introduced 1938

Vauxhall 10hp ten-four of 1947

Vauxhall

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Author: Chris H

Now rapidly approaching my fifth decade, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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