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Garrett Undertype Steam Lorry Models


The model with the body tipped.

Works No.
Believed to be modelled on 35054

Registration No.


Models of Garrett undertype wagons were made popular in recent years by Matchbox Models of Yesteryear. Prior to the introduction of the Model of Yesteryear there were several other models produced.

Plans for a 7mm scale poppet valve engine wagon were designed and drawn by P.R.Wickham and produced by the Model Maker Plans Service. The model was constructed from wood, card and paper.

Model Maker Plans Service 7mm model.

A live steam model of a similar Garrett wagon was described in "Wonderful Models" and a model built to these plans, by Mr Sweet of South Petherton, was awarded a silver medal and the Road Transport Cup at the Model Engineer Exhibition in 1937. Photographs and a description of the model featured in the Model Engineer for 25th November 1937.

Model Engineer 25th November 1937

Mr Lionel Creed of Lynx Motors purchased a model from Garrett's Receiver in 1932. Lynx Motors Limited was a transport company associated with the PYX Granite Company Ltd. of Malvern Link who had several quarries at the north end of the Malvern Hills. Mr Creed had been a regular visitor to Garretts in the 1920s and 30s. His company ran a fleet of Garrett overtype wagons transporting granite from the quarries. In 1930 the overtype wagons were replaced with a fleet of three 6 wheeled Garrett undertype wagons, one of which is pictured below.

Wagon 35433 when new in 1930.

In 1932 Mr Creed obtained the wrecked remains of 6 wheeled wagon 35372. The wagon had run away backwards downhill at Budleigh Salterton in Devon, smashed through a bridge parapet and fell upside down onto the railway line below. The wagon was recovered and delivered by rail to Malvern Link for rebuilding. It was on one of his visits to Garretts to obtain replacement parts for this wagon that Mr Creed saw the model and purchased it.

Order book entry
Copy of the entry in the Garrett Order Book.

The model had presumably been constructed by Garretts for demonstration and publicity purposes. It is based on an experimental wagon that had the original symmetrical shape of cab but was fitted with a poppet valve engine and the new Garrett hydraulic tipping gear. Several other features intended to reduce costs but not adopted in production wagons were included in the model. The most significant of these are the stop valve, positioning of the injector directly on the boiler and bronze bushes in the front and rear axles. These features lead to the identification of the wagon as a model of 35054.
Mr Creed had the model repainted in the livery of his company. Unfortunately the paint used was not compatible with the original paint; resulting in the snakeskin effect.

Model 35054
Model of Garrett 35054.

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