The Sentinel Waggon Works and What they Produced

Sentinel Waggon Works, a firm owned by the British, was located at Shrewsbury, U.K. and manufactured rail cars and steam engines for the industrial clients and railway firms. In 1917, the firm was purchased by CO Ltd and William Beardmore. Previously, heavy road transport was only conducted by carts that were dragged by horses. However, some changes occurred in the 1860s with the introduction of steam traction engines. Discussed below are the products produced by Sentinel Waggon Works.

Traction Engine and Trailers

A lot of experiments were conducted in the 1890s, which gave birth to steam-driven vehicles. However, the lorry didn’t need to carry a single cart. Interestingly the steam wagon was now in charge of road transport. This was a major milestone in motorised road transport. More was in the offing.

Steam Wagon

There were two types of steam wagons that were produced. The first one had a design that resembled a hybrid of a lorry and an engine. However, the front part resembled a traction engine with a cab erected around a horizontal boiler. The back part of it had the appearance of a lorry with a body that could carry luggage. The second steam wagon was more advanced than the first one since it had an enclosed cab fitted with wheels made of solid rubber tyres.

Early Petrol Lorry

In 1921, lorries that ran on petrol were made. These lorries were more effective and could be bought at an affordable price. Operation-wise, petrol lorries were more efficient compared to the steam wagon, particularly for a long-distance journey. In 1933, a report was made by Arthur Salter that introduced new rules. Among the rules laid down, vehicles that carried heavy loads and their operators were to abide by new speed limitations. A new license system regime was also invented.