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Richard Hornsby and Sons: Little Caterpillar

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Little Caterpillar. Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar. Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar. Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.
Little Caterpillar (detail). Exhibit at the Tank Museum.

Note: This is a sub-section of Richard Hornsby and Sons

In 1904, David Roberts, MD of Hornsby designed a new type of crawler. The 'Little Caterpillar' was the first tracked vehicle used by the British Army

The six-cylinder engine starts on petrol (small tank at the front) and then runs on parafin from the three tanks at the rear.

The tracks have wooden blocks inserted ro prevent wear on the road. The tracks 'lock-out' so that they can curve in only one direction and therefore don't sag at the top.

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