The NER Petrol Inspection Cars
The first of these inspection cars was built by the York Carriage Shops in March 1908. It was intended
for use by company officers on inspection journeys, and a central map table with six seats.
The original engine is unknown, but is thought to have been capable of about 35-40bhp at 950rpm.
Batteries were included for lighting, but an electric starter motor was not fitted. An emergency
coupling was fitted incase it had to be towed in an emergency. It was based at Middlesbrough before
moving to Darlington.
In 1911, Raven suggested two more
cars should be ordered. A tender to the Wolseley Co. was considered too high, so they were eventually
built by the NER using White & Poppe 6-cylinder engines rated at 75hp.
These later cars were larger, and had seats for twelve passengers.
On 22nd October 1921, No. 3768 (of the second batch) was destroyed by fire at York. A replacement
entered service in December 1923 as No. 3768Y. This replacement had a slightly longer body and the
clerestory roof was replaced with a domed roof. An extra heating radiator was also included, along
with a small folding washbasin.
By 1929, the two oldest inspection cars were beginning to show their age with 114,000 miles on the oldest
(No. 3711), so both had new 80hp Leyland engines fitted.
In 1938, No. 3769 went to Gateshead for a broken axle to be repaired. This led to the economics of
these cars being analysed. Although they were about 2d/mile cheaper to run than a steam engine and carriage,
the latter could also be used for other duties. Hence, it was decided to scrap them.
All three engines were withdrawn in February 1939.
Details are for 3768.
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None of the NER Petrol Inspection Cars survived into preservation.
I am not aware of any models of the NER Petrol Inspection Cars in any scale.