A Warm Welcome from the Club Secretary

Welcome to the Mechanical Horse Club website, the club is dedicated to the increase of knowledge and appreciation of 'Mechanical Horses' in all their various forms. These small unusual articulated commercial vehicles were a common site on our roads for around forty years until the early 1970's. They were mainly operated by the railway companies who had initiated the design to replace their many horses, hence the name. Before the days of the present parcel delivery companies the railways delivered all manner of goods and parcels, both domestic and commercial.

The club was formed in 1983 by a small group of enthusiasts who were restoring vehicles and others who had an interest in these quirky vehicles. A bi-monthly magazine is published covering a wide range of topics. These include: archive articles and photos, restoration updates, vehicles and parts for sale or wanted, show reports plus a very good modelling section. The club attends shows with a large photographic display, book sales and display vehicles, plus club members show their own vehicles at shows around the country. Reprints of handbooks and manuals are available and the clubs own booklet on the history of Mechanical Horses by club member Bill Aldridge.

Services offered to club members include restoration and technical advice including where to obtain spare parts. Many of our club members have been involved with these vehicles for many years and have an amazing wealth of knowledge. Quite often the only source of parts is from club members restoring their own vehicles making the club Newsletter a valuable tool for locating difficult to find parts. A vehicle authentication service to assist in regaining original registration numbers through the DVLA V765 scheme, this service is also available to non-members, contact the to club secretary.

The club was instrumental in preserving one of the two 1960's Dartford Tunnel Scarab recovery vehicles. This vehicle is now owned by a club member who is in the final stages of a painstaking restoration. My own interest is in the restoration of the mechanical horses and in particular the Scammell MH3 model ex railway ones.

If you have an interest in these vehicles and would like to join the club, you will be made most welcome. Please contact the secretary:

John Giles,
The Lodge,
Station Road,
DY12 1BT.

Email: mhbewdley@gmail.com

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