Benbros Zebra Toys
101 (36) Railway Articulated Van
The Zebra Toys Railway Van was based on the Scammell Scarab delivery van used by British Railways from the late 1940's to the early 1960's. This version was smaller than most other toymaker's models and was close to OO/HO scale.
As with other Zebra Toys models, Benbros included features on the Railway Van to improve the play value. Among these were front wheel steering on the three-wheeled cab, a jewelled headlight, and brass-coated wheels with rubber tyres. However there were no windows, which Budgie, Dinky and Corgi were all incorporating at this time, and the model had a somewhat unfinished look.
The cab and chassis was a one-piece casting with the coupling hole in the centre at the rear. 'Made in England' was cast underneath with the number '101'. A separate base held the front wheel which was mounted on a turning unit controlled by a little tab extending forward beneath the front bumper.
The Trailer was a simple two piece casting with the lower part designed to represent a wooden sided wagon. The upper section, which was open at the back, had a smooth surface. There was no id.on the trailer.
British Railways colours for the real Scammell Vans were maroon and cream so Benbros followed these although the tilt was often a bit more orange than cream. Silver trim was added to the front bumper and the fuel tank. On the trailer sides, decals of the British Railways logo were attached.
The black & white Zebra Toys box included a picture of the Railway Van on each face. On the end-flaps the number '36' was printed but it is not known what it represented.
Of the Zebra Toys range, the Railway Van is one of the easier models to collect.
Benbros Zebra Toys Railway Articulated Van
MAROON cab & trailer jewel headlight ORANGE-YELLOW tilt metal wheels '36' box