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. The Litter, probably around 1900 vintage, comprised a canvas stretcher
mounted on a two wheel cart as the picture shows. A recent search on the Internet
highlighted 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
Seeking some 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, typically from Amazon. 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.
This picture was taken from a rather poor quality slide. Viewers who may have slides
that they would like converting to digital images should see myPhotography pages.These
show that excellent results can be achieved using DIY methods from good quality images