Petrol Tank Wagon, Shell Motor Spirit (Hornby Series)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

Petrol Tank Wagon, Shell Motor Spirit (Hornby Series)

Hornby Petrol Tank Wagon 'Shell' (1928 HBoT).jpg Hornby Series Shell Petrol Wagon, 1928 illustration (i)
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location:
Arch Four , Area 37
Hornby Wall (display)
Shelf 4

A 1920s all-red Hornby gauge 0 "Petrol Tank Wagon (Shell Motor Spirit".

Description

Lettering is gold block capitals with a thin black outline, with the word "SHELL" flanked by the words "Motor Spirit" in smaller letters. The wagon has bright red body, base, trunions and couplings, and has an oval "Meccano Ltd. Liverpool" sticker on the tank's angled side-support. The central filler port on the top of the tank is high (as in the illustrations), but doesn't have the domed ventilator cap shown in the 1925 and 1928 catalogue images.

The wagon is located on track one (nearest the front) of shelf four.

Catalogue illustration

Shell Petrol Tank Wagon, 1925 Hornby Book of Trains

History

The Shell Petrol Wagon, introduced in 1922, was one of the first two pieces of Hornby rolling stock that weren't assembled "Meccano-style" with nuts and bolts.