The Sentinel Steam Waggon at Grampian Transport Museum, which will feature in their Next of Kin exhibition, has been touring around local war memorials:
We at the Grampian Transport Museum are very fortunate in that we have the world’s oldest fully functional Sentinel Steam Waggon in our collection.
New in 1914 to Sandy Runcie, a haulage contractor from the nearby town of Inverurie, the Sentinel will feature in one of our Next of Kin stories and will be a central object in our Next of Kin exhibition in 2016.
The story involves the home front war work that the Sentinel was engaged in, which involved some light relief from the harrowing news from the western front. Sandy used his new Sentinel to take local school children on picnic outings to try and lighten the mood.
On August 3rd this year, to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Sentinel carried our local Minister, along with members of the congregation, on a tour of local war memorials where services of remembrance were carried out. These were poignant gatherings, reflecting on the fact that the old Sentinel was there at the time!