I was asked by a friend who was a member of the St John Ambulance, and a collector
of transport models, to make a model Litter as illustrated in his very early St John
Ambulance manual. This, probably around 1900 vintage, comprised a canvas stretcher
mounted on a two wheel cart as the picture shows. A recent search on the Internet
showed that the term Litter is still used for modern equivalents. Readers who may
like to delve into this piece of old medical equipment may like to follow this link.
Seeking help with making the wheels I purchased John Thompson's book "Making Model
Horse-drawn Vehicles" that included in it the plans for making a Monmouth Wagon.
This resulting in me eventually making a model of this also. There is often some
discussion as to whether such an item should be considered model engineering. There
are though 508 metal items to be made not including the links of the chain being
the only finished item that I purchased. I gained a bronze medal at the 1990 Model
Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace for this model
The third cart, a Farm Tip Cart, came about as a result of being away from work for
seven months and wanting something to do during this time. It was though some 12
years before it was eventually finished. The photo of the cart was included in the
above book from where I gained the idea. Plans by John Thompson in 1/12th scale were
obtained to enable construction to take place. When eventually finished I decided
to enter it into the 2012 Model Engineering Exhibition where this time I achieved
a silver medal.
John Thompson's book may not now be in print but second hand copies are to be found
on the Internet. The ISBN numbers are, ISBN-10: 0950577502 and ISBN-13: 978-0950577500)
John Thompson's many plans for carts, wagons and coaches are though still to be had.
one such supplier is “Wild Horse books” No doubt there are other sources also.