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  1. Back to the Government disposals of 1919 this advertisement that appeared in 'Surplus' for June 1919 predates Slough involvement when it was still a free for all regarding the sale of motor transport. The magazine 'Surplus' was an official weekly government publication which ran into the early 1920s. What was on offer and the quantities are truly amazing from kitchen utensils to floating docks , railway locomotives to aerodromes and complete factories with township included .Some incorrect spelling in this one, Garrick should read Garrett and Rushton being Ruston ,all smaller steam tracto
  2. Moving aircraft - not the easiest of things to do. Napier got some good publicity for their efforts but Short Bros., at Rochester had risked plenty of overhang on the 'R' series Pierce-Arrow in Royal Navy ownership. The crew of the Crossley tender look quite pleased with themselves in Salonika, 1917. !. Richard Peskett.
  3. Another image of a F.W.D. running on gas producer, all of the plants look somewhat cumbersome. Location and type of plant unknown. The whole subject of gas producers is very wide ranging form gas bags storing town ( coal ) gas on roofs of civilian vehicles during WW1 , lots of experiments in the 1920s/30s, trailer plants mainly used with buses during WW2 , to integral plants in use in Vietnam 1989 and North Korea in 1992. North Korea 1992. Da Nang ,Vietnam 1989. Richard Peskett.
  4. Thornycroft took an early interest in supplying the War Office , first with steam lorries and were keen entrants in various trials held pre. 1914. Richard Hornsby and Daimler also produced these heavy tractors but order numbers were small.
  5. This is an assumption ! - but I would think the units were manufactured by the Thresh Disinfector Company and the type/model illustrated ( it is an advertising postcard ) is the 'Silver Thimble ' model and is size no. 4. Also its looks to me to be a steam heated type of autoclave, hence mounting on the steam wagon chassis would be an ideal situation. The second image the wagon has an extension chimney laying on the cab roof for use when stationary working. Richard.
  6. The steam wagon and traction engine also played a significant part in the war effort. The war office purchased 5 Thornycroft wagons in 1902 but for many years hence there was a big divide between the advocates of horse or mechanical transport. The Foden wagon found many uses including that of the steam drum disinfector for delousing clothing etc. etc . The front mounted railway style buffers was another feature which were no doubt put to good use on many occasions. Richard Peskett.
  7. Proprietary engine manufacturers played an important part in the war effort including Dorman, Tylor , White and Poppe etc. Richard Peskett.
  8. A couple of offerings today from Mons Engineering, interesting use of the 'Mons' name and the individual radiator shapes. Richard Peskett.
  9. Further to previous mention of the Crossley 'Kegress' , for those of you with a technical interest in such vehicles some further details from Commercial Motor . Richard Peskett.
  10. The London General Omnibus Co. 'B' type - straight from the 'Western Front' ,well not quite . Faced with the disposal of over 2500 vehicles from 1919 onwards these being replaced by the larger 'K' and 'S' types. Some of the newest examples were offered for sale first as complete vehicles in good order , at least 32 found there way to Australia some even with their double deck bus bodies still fitted . Gradually sales dwindled and by the end most were broken up for scrap. A few survived a couple more years as works transport during 1927-29 when AEC moved from Walthamstow to Southall.
  11. For the followers of the ubiquitous Ford 'Model T'. This creation takes some beating, again at Slough where no doubt it saw plenty of use . Richard Peskett.
  12. Whilst on the subject of 'RAF type ' Leylands both Commercial Motor and Motor Transport carried superb art drawn colour advertisement covers on their special issues. This RAF type found its way to the Middle East by the look of it . Richard Peskett.
  13. The reconditioned Leyland . The phrase ' RAF type Leyland' became a household name in the then infant haulage business throughout this country and in fact the world. Few today know that the whole episode virtually brought financial ruin to the company , mainly brought about by the company paying far too much for the St. Omer dump and the financial saga rolled on into the 1920s. For more reading on this can be found in the Leyland Society excellent magazine 'Leyland Torque' issue no. 85 Autumn 2019. Richard Peskett.
  14. A small error crept in to the last FWD posting . It was actually the 1963 London to Brighton commercial run when two WW1 restored lorries put in an appearance being the Redburn FWD and the Wolseley of Best Brothers. The Sparshatt Hallford was probably the first WW1 lorry in private ownership restored to WW1 specification to make a public appearance being at the 'Old Commercial Vehicle Rally' , Beaulieu July 1957. A report on a peacetime convoy in the US 1923 included 75 Class B Liberty and 25 FWD referred to as 'Flirt with Death' by the marines . ummm.....
  15. Another FWD advertisement , it is often overlooked the wide variety of uses these were put to worldwide after WW1 being rebuilt for use on railways, civil engineering , timber trade etc. etc . and very popular with showmen in the travelling amusement trade . The 'Globe of Death' motor cycle stunt show was traveled by Arnold Bros. in the south of England. Also of note is that a FWD owned by Tommy Redburn as entry no. B3 along with Jack Sparshatt's Hallford as entry no.B31 were the first lorries in WW1 guise appearing in the first HCVC London to Brighton commercial vehicle run
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