Given the scale and nature of the Museum's collection, we have far more items than space to display them. Our Reserve Vehicle Collection is the largest collection of military repair and recovery vehicles, which have been used by, modified and maintained by REME personnel all over the world.

The Roger Jones MBE Vehicle Hangar

Our Reserve Vehicles are stored in The Roger Jones MBE Vehicle Hangar, also located at MOD Lyneham, where work is carried out on the vehicles by an amazing team of staff and volunteers. The hangar was appropriately named after our late colleague and friend, Staff Sergeant Kelvin ‘Roger’ Jones MBE, who looked after our vehicle collection until his passing in 2020.

From time to time, we offer guided tours of the Roger Jones Vehicle Hangar led by experts who have worked on the vehicles and understand their history. Please check our Events page for upcoming tours.

On occasion, our vehicles may also appear at special Museum events or other organisations' events, roadshows and displays. We do not publicise events elsewhere but you may find mentions on our social media channels.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about our Reserve vehicles or where you may be able to see them.

A Unique Collection

Many of the vehicles in our collection are one-of-a-kind. Some are unique because of the skill of REME personnel in modifying vehicles for their specific operational needs; others have unique histories that are interesting for where they served or how they came to be in our care.

We share information about our vehicles on our Blog and social media pages from time to time. Here are a just a few examples:

Land Rover Series 1 with Cuthbertson Tracks

A perfect example of modification in practice. In 1952, tracks were developed by James A Cuthbertson Ltd to enable Land Rovers to traverse soft, marshy terrain due to far lower ground pressure. It could steer as usual but only while moving and with hydraulic-powered assistance. It could also be easily re-converted back to normal.

A green open top Land Rover with sets of tracked wheels where wheels normally would be. Parked in between other vehicles inside a hangar.

Someone once told us that it looks like a Land Rover wearing high heels… anyone else see the resemblance? 2006.4806.

Just 12 of these tracked Land Rovers were produced, most of which were supplied to the Ministry of Defence. This is the only remaining example from that period.

Air-Transportable Vehicle

This was one of approximately 500 air-transportable vehicles initially produced by the Belgian Factory of Weapons of War. Despite being tested by British Airborne Forces, however, the design was never officially adopted.

A green low-lying buggy with two wheels at the back and one at the front. Parked in front of another vehicle, a display sign stands in front.

The FNAS 24, Army registration number 10 ER 90. 2006.4785.

The vehicle was intended for a range of purposes: troop carrier (up to four soldiers or one with a 250kg load), firefighting vehicle, field ambulance (with two stretchers), or a guided missile launcher.

The Queen Mother's Land Rover

From 1968 until the 1980s, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, used this specially adapted Land Rover Series 2A to undertake review visits to the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) at the Berlin Garrison.

A black land rover with open cab from a diagonal perspective. British Union Jack and Queen Elizabeth IIs cypher are printed on the front, and a flag is on the bonnet.

The adapted Land Rover, Army registration number 30 XC 16. 2006.4800.

The car was modified by REME personnel to include an open cab, and steps, handrail and open seating at the back. This allowed for the Queen Mother to sit or stand while reviewing the troops on ceremonial parade. It is believed that the car's list of passengers during its service in Berlin included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Read more about the Queen Mother's Land Rover on our blog.