Garrett Undertype Steam Lorry Models
The model with the body tipped.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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