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A 3 ton capacity mechanical horse in GWR livery

The chassis of a Mechanical horse under restoration

A 6 ton version in LNER liver at Belper Steam and Vintage Event 2010

The coupling on a scammell trailer showing the rollers

The Scammell Mechanical Horse was light weight mechanical tractor designed to replace horses on local delivery services. It was designed by Oliver Danson North in 19 ? The railway companies & the post office in the UK and the military services used a large numbers for local delivery services with demountable trailers that used the inovative Scammell coupling that allowed trailer to be swapped easily. This allowed loading/unloading of one while another was been delivered / collected from the custom.

This design was replaced by the more modern styled Scammell Scarab in 19 ?


A number of examples survive in museums and in the hands of private collectors. There is an owners club for the make & this type of machine.

Known examples
  • CAN 863+ - 6 tonner in LNER livery
  • DHT 717+ - 3 tonner in GWR livery
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List of Preserved Mechanical Horse vehicles
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