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Midge Prototype

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:59 pm
by backwaterscotland
Hi Folks,
Does anyone have drawings or photographs of the prototype loco that the Pepper7 midge is based on (or something similar)? I fancy building something a self-propelled truck for my estate railway but want something a little heavier looking than a Hawe.


Andy 8)

Re: Midge Prototype

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:13 am
Isn't it loosely based on Lister Autocar cargo carrier?

Re: Midge Prototype

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:55 am
by backwaterscotland
DCRFAN 3 wrote:Isn't it loosely based on Lister Autocar cargo carrier?

Thanks. I've had a search around for that and drawn a blank.

I did find an article in NG&IRM 101 about the Planet 6HP locomotive which is a similar idea and I found the reference from Steve below but drawn a blank on this one as well :
Steve Bennett wrote:Yup, very similar design, but Midge is not based on the Planet, it was inspired by a much earlier loco which was a one off and ran at the Robinsons Jam factory in the mid 1920's.

Andy 8)

Re: Midge Prototype

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:29 am
by chris krupa
The Midge is I think based on a Planet petrol powered wagon but I can't find a picture. The original had a tipper body I think. There is more information in one of the issues of Narrow Gauge and Industrial magazine I am sure but I don't have that information to hand.

You might like to consider this:

It is called a HAWE and is a Dutch electric trolley used in the horticultural industry. They were mostly (I think) 70cm gauge but don't let that bother you. As they are of relatively recently build, quite a lot of them have been preserved. In fact I drove one at Valkenburg museum when I was there a few years ago. There is also an unpowered version without the driving platform which is used as a trailer.