During World War 1, the British War Department ordered a number of light locomotives for use on narrow gauge railways at or near the front line. The Motor Rail company (later known as Simplex) produced 3 different designs all based around a 40HP petrol engine. The "Open Type" had armour at each end and a light roof; the "Protected Type" also had armoured side doors and a roof that could be raised or lowered on screw jacks; the "Armoured Type" was completely encased in armor except for narrow view slits. The appearance of these engines led to the nickname "Tin Turtles" and they operated in large numbers on trench railways, often within range of enemy fire.
My version is a "Protected Type" based on internet photos.
Inside, the driver sits sideways on a seat above the engine... can't imagine it was very comfortable (or safe - there's a fuel tank in there too)
A little experiment in creating a track for it (and my other narrow gauge engines) to use.
I have to say, I really enjoyed trying to make this and I'm pretty pleased with it. I'm now working on creating a fully armoured version!!
Anyway, thanks for looking - comments alway welcome.
Finally a humble tribute to all the railworkers who have served their country in times of war.
Edited by TheBrickster, 01 June 2010 - 02:02 PM.