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  1. The Scammell 4x4 appeared in the 1955 film '' The Woman for Joe' in fictional livery and reg. number. Craig
  2. Scammell ( Pioneer ? ) 4x4 RMG627 in showmans use and an in service pic from an earlier post. I find it interesting that this still holds its original registration number from military service , unusual ? .
  3. Yes guesstimated by looking at the heavy artillery/AA gun numbers left in France. May be out but it must have been in the many hundred s.
  4. The Wehrmacht soon had them up and running. I believe around 700 Pioneers were left in France . Very useful kit for the Germans and pop up in many soldiers photos. WIth five makers of Gardners under licence in Continental Europe spares not too hard either.
  5. Not in wartime , post war the Perkins was a factory option.
  6. Yes my father and his brother ( right in the photo ) had their own boat and did not fish in the winter. Craig
  7. Well here is the story - On the 28th October 1955 at 3.20am the good ship Karmas was due to enter the river Tees with a cargo of high grade Swedish iron ore. In the second picture above the Tees is on the other side of the lighthouse and breakwater. Somehow the Karmas in fine weather managed to pass to the left of the lighthouse instead of the right and ran aground on a 'beach'. This 'beach' was made up of hard boulders of slag from the local steelworks and is very difficult to traverse by any means. To refloat the ship around 3000 tons of iron ore was jettisoned over the side and she was towed off by tugs. Major Percy H Morrell REME a garage owner from Leeds (who had been awarded an MBE for creating the Churchill tank fitted with 75mm gun from Shermans in his 'wrecking ' yard during the North African campaign and after the war had bought 1000 carriers to scrap.) went into partnership with a salvage engineer from Leeds Bert Bowers to 'have a crack' at recovering the cargo. He had already scrapped most of the carriers but had kept a few of the good ones and decided to try to use two of them to recover the cargo. They were stripped down and fitted with a flat back. Five fishermen were employed as well as a full time fitter on the job. At low tide iron ore which was extremely heavy ( one galvanised bucket full was all a man could lift ) was loaded by hand onto the back of the carriers which could carry around two ton. This was then dumped next to the breakwater and picked up by lorry and took to the steelworks. This must have been very hard work and as fishermen could earn a good living back then they were either well paid or it was mid winter . My uncle said the carriers often broke tracks around the drive sprockets on the slag beach but no doubt Mr Morrell had plenty of spares! Whether Percy Morrell made any money is not recorded. He said .'' well it worked and they ( the carriers) stood up to the job exceptionally well''. The good ship Karmas carried on for another 25 years not being scrapped until 1980. Craig
  8. I have been reading through this thread of a great restoration and came across this post. My father was involved in this salvage operation at Redcar and the photo below is of the two ' carriers' used . He is the chap seated in carrier on far right . His brother is perched on top of the carrier. All the men were Redcar fishermen. Major Morrell is stood in the middle , I have a lot more info on operation this if of any interest. I would be interested to know exactly what type carriers they were. Craig
  9. Yes, it is a good thing they still have tbis old stuff really as many trucks have been bought and restored from there and also parts obtained to keep other oldies going.
  10. Video of the famous Rush Green Motors Scrapyard in UK, appears fairly recent . I believe they have just had a big tidy up. Lots of nice classic stuff and a few WW2 trucks , some of the wheels on piles may be WW1 !
  11. No but it adds to the risks. Perhaps my original statement was a little blunt but I was genuinely shocked when I saw the photographs. I worked in the construction industry for many years and if a HSE Inpector saw an unsupported excavation like that he would issue a Prohibition Notice. The man in the picture above holding the ranging rod in photo above is in real danger if the ground next to him collapsed. By all means excavate the AFV's but a lot more attention should be given to shoring.
  12. 1. No shoring to two near vertical sides. 2. Excavated material placed close by so it is surcharging sides. 3. Made up ground 4. Large body of open water within close proximity of excavation.
  13. That excavation is a death trap.
  14. Photo from the other thread , JUV833 is still in use in 1968 / 1969 as Bedford RL fire tender beside it is G reg. and of course it could be much later, 1970s even.
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