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  1. billh35

    Morris J2 XZ 852

    Can anyone shed any light on this County Armagh registered Morris J2 which I believe was a military vehicle in the early 60's? It is not an RAF J2 which were quite common in N.I. at the time moving staff to bases and remote radar stations but they all had sliding doors. I wonder what uniform the woman is wearing? It has been suggested she may have been Royal Observer Corps but the cap badge is different. Any help would be welcomed?
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    Morris J2 XZ 852

    Certainly the Royal Observer Corps were active (although that is not a ROC uniform). I am sure the uniform is the key. The cap badge does look similar to Civil Defence badges worn during WWII.
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    Northern Ireland Oddities Help Wanted

    I think there may also have been a Hawson bodied Bedford and a Commer Walk Thru both of which were standard and highly recognisable to the locals as they looked so out of place.
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    784 COY RASC (M) CA? L784529

    It looks like a triaxle decker as used in Berlin.
  5. Please can anyone identify this vehicle? Are there any RASC veteran groups?
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    Northern Ireland Oddities Help Wanted

    Without wishing to be rude....here is your Codpiece....seen in action so to speak......
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    784 COY RASC (M) CA? L784529

    This would suggest the number was used? I have emailed the RASC/RCT website as suggested.
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    Vehicles in Ireland 1921

    I have sent a message with the error code as the .doc file won't open.
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    Vehicles in Ireland 1921

    I can't access the file? I would be interested in seeing its' contents.
  10. Now in preservation and being extensively restored, it was believed that this was originally a London Fire Brigade vehicle but the LFB have confirmed that it wasn't? I suspect it may have been a centrally purchased War Ministry or National Fire Service vehicle. Can anyone tell me its' history OR point me in the right direction to find its' story.
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    Night heaters

    Eberspachers are still widely used on buses. Most Council buses for disabled use have them fitted as well. Most companies that do Sutrak air conditioning can also look after Webasto and Eberspacher kit.
  12. Do you have the history of this vehicle? Do you know where it was used initially?
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    Night heaters

    https://www.eberspacher.com/dealers.html
  14. Ted The first name on the old tax book is Holland War Agricultural Executive Commission. Boston. Then it changes in 1949 to Lincolnshire Holland AEC (Agricultural Executive Committee), Station Road Kinton. A further change in 1951 sees it registered to Secretary of State, Home Office. Then Belfast Fire Brigade in 1969 and then Fire Authority of Northern Ireland in 1975. It seems to have a curious career "appearing" to be used to serve tea to farm workers? Or were these just "front" organisations? I am assuming that between 1951 and 1969, it was stored in a central government like so many vehicles held in reserve. I have had no replies from any of the organisations I contacted about GLE 54 except the LFB.
  15. Now in preservation and being extensively restored, it was believed that this was originally a London Fire Brigade vehicle but the LFB have confirmed that it wasn't? I suspect it may have been a centrally purchased War Ministry vehicle. Can anyone tell me its' history OR point me in the right direction to find its' story.
  16. I have received this image which shows Royal Navy AEC aircraft refueller 32 RN 54 at the County Donegal border somewhere during the 1960's. The vehicle is stopped at Irish Customs at Killylea, Co. Donegal. The only reason for an "active" RN fueller to enter the Irish Republic would possibly to position to allow refuelling of search and rescue helicopters operating off the Donegal coast - this is certainly before the Troubles so no issues of escort or anything. Can anyone shed any light on this and the history of this particular vehicle? I am assuming it would have been based on the other side of Lough Foyle at RAF Ballykelly. The vehicle to the left is a civilian Leyland Royal Tiger of the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway (which was actually a bus company!)
  17. Does anyone have access to this document? Is it worth the cost? I am researching impressed vehicles but am wondering if the access is worth the cost? I am trying to ascertain what happened to vehicles impressed from the Northern Ireland Road Transport Board in 1940.
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    post war sales catalogues

    Now I can see the listings but I am not sure why! Great to see these documents. I am still hunting buses & coaches sold off after the end of WWII since impressed vehicles were not returned to their original operators but appear to have been sold off presumably via the auctions. Finding information on this seems almost impossible.
  19. 20 is now "preserved" I believe - Was this the same Foden 6x4 chassis that was used as the basis for the "armoured coach" prototype which some prat has been trying to sell as "Maggie Thatcher's Battle Bus" which it never was. Thanks for your response Bill
  20. Pictured here in Short Strand, Belfast in 1971, can anyone tell me what make this vehicle is etc. I believe that sister 00 ET 20 is "preserved". Thanks In Advance Bill
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    post war sales catalogues

    Posts here keep referring to pages shown but I can't see any? Do I need to change settings?
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    post war sales catalogues

    Were coaches sold via this means as well?
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    WWII - U.S. Miltary AEC no. USA201126

    I am trying to identify its' history before it was impressed as it was obviously a civilian vehicle. I have been researching the rather obscure field of what happened to vehicles which were impressed and then what happened to them. At the start of the War a number of buses were impressed from the Northern Ireland Road Transport Board and shipped off. Around the same time the Royal Army Service Corps created a Motor Coach Company at Gosford Castle, Co. Armagh with an extensive fleet of vehicles to move troops urgently in the event of a feared German invasion of the Irish Republic to open a second front. Once U.S. troops were deployed to Northern Ireland the threat receded and the MCC vehicles were sold off to the NIRTB who were very short of vehicles for transporting war workers. They acquired 129 vehicles - all of these are well documented thanks to me having access to official records of the NIRTB. The Americans, brought in even more vehicles and I am keen to establish (a) the history of this and buses which were impressed (b) whether this vehicle was used in the Londonderry area where the Americans had a large presence. I would be grateful if anyone can point me in the right direction for researching buses and coaches used during WWII. Thanks for your help in advance.
  24. Can anyone tell me the history of this impressed vehicle please?
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    WWII - U.S. Miltary AEC no. USA201126

    It is an AEC Regal bus but not the normal ones which were impressed from London Transport. I will see if I can post a photo of it. I would like to know what it's pre-U.S. identity was.
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