REME Scammell Explorer tank transporter by Mike Jeffries

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The Scammell Explorer 6×6 was used mainly for recovery of soft-skin vehicles but was also used as a ballast tractor for the transport of tanks to and from REME workshops but as such was hard pressed with 50 tons of Centurion tank on its trailer. To get the 80+ tons of unit, trailer and load on the move usually required the lowest gear in six-wheel drive and thence a quick change to four-wheel drive once the mass was on the move, hills were to be rushed and down changes handled with great skill for to miss a gear and come to a standstill could mean that the whole outfit would be almost impossible to get on the move again with the power available. Downgrades were the opposite with every effort made to contain the load from pushing the outfit to a too greater
speed and running away.

The original painting in oils on canvas is in the ownership of Mr Norman Taylor, old soldier, ex-Shell tanker driver, aviator and English gentleman.

A painting like this of your favourite vehicle, British or American, in oils on canvas or board would cost about £1500.

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  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanalmost 5 years ago

    Super viewpoint and image depiction. I like the inclusion of Stonehenge in the background.

  • Thanks, Hertsman, I remember that road but I admit I’ve moved Stonehenge a little.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAalmost 5 years ago

    very powerful machine. it’s a realy great painting.

  • Thank you Dave they were petrol-engined, about a 10 litre Meadows I believe.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 5 years ago

    Stunning .

  • Thanks Warren, they were impressive vehicles.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalalmost 5 years ago

    Interesting insight Mike, I would have thought these brutes could have moved anything!

  • Well, Howard, they could up to a point but they were not really suitable for tank transporter duties but it was all the REME had because the ROAC had all the Diamond Ts at the time. I base my comments on talks with my old, and I mean OLD, mate Norman who had the dubious pleasure of driving these beasts during his National Service days at the tender age of eighteen!

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 5 years ago

    This painting Mike, is awesome! Well done. – Ted

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Some of these found their way into the Heavy Haulage business after the war and so this qualifies as a Commercial Vehicle shot. – Ted

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 4 years ago

    Another fantastic detailed painting, I love and admire them all.
    Cheers Neil

  • PaulWJewell
    PaulWJewellalmost 3 years ago

    In Australia we used a puller and a pusher (USA GMC) to move these tanks. Whilst located at the Army camp at Puckapunyal Seamore in Victoria, they had to stay there because they where to heavy to cross the Seamore bridge which linked the camp to the main highway. A useless piece of machinery, good photo thanks for the memories, regards PJ

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 1 year ago

    NOVEMBER 17th, 2012
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