This rail tractor was built by Muir-Hill Service Equipment Ltd. in 1926 for the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Light Railway. It replaced an earlier unit that was destroyed in an accident.
The machine was in reality a Fordson tractor that ran on large diameter wheels. Drive was by chain an sprocket and the engine a standard water cooled unit. The large windowed box cab was installed after arrival at the WC&PLR
The primary use for the tractor was for shunting on the wharf line at Wick St. Lawrence and on the jetty, which presumably would not take the weight of a standard locomotive
The tractor was sometimes photographed with small wagon, maybe a match truck or barrier wagon of some sort. This is included in the kit.
The kit is as complete as possible per our usual specification and will include WC&PLR transfers. We will produce special transfers for the freelance railway builder, or for those with modeller's licence!
Click on this link to see photos of the 7mm test build and the test etches.
7mm Kit specification is as follows:
4mm Kit specification is as follows:
Please note, due to the very small size of the model, and the fact that it is of a very open glazed
construction,motorisation will be an issue. There may be a number of ways to motorise this kit and we are not
putting forward ideas or recommending systems, as there are major changes in the (parts) market place at the moment and
products available today may not be available tomorrow.
The kit has therefore been developed as a rolling chassis, and as part of our bespoke customer service we will etch our standard chassis (and any other required items?) with cut-outs etc. to suit the modeller's specific requirement.
We have however designed the floor and chassis with a removeable central section to facilitate motorisation.
For narrow gauge (freelance) specification, contact us with your requirement. It may be that the kit will be suitable for your gauge as it is - due to the design of the prototype - or we could offer an alternative chassis.