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9 hours ago, quicksilver said:

Very similar to this one in the Britaniacrest Recycling heritage fleet, although it was built by County. I assume this AWD is not the same one that took over Bedford?

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@quicksilver All Wheel Drive Company Limited was started as a small motor engineering firm in 1954.This AWD company was originally based in the town center of Camberley in Surrey England. They became wellknown for all wheel driven conversion specialist for goods vehicles. In the late 1960s the firm were moved to larger new premises at Bilston a small town near industrial Wolverhampton and became more commonly known by the initials AWD. They were founded by A. J. F. Andrews, a mechanical enginneer who formerly worked for Gardner, the engine specialists and also contributed work at Cheshire Engineering known for their drill-augers, holeborers and similar machinery.

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3 hours ago, worldofceri said:

That Volvo F88 possibly for sale soon:

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That'll be a sad day. Would be good if he could carry on until next February so the Volvo hits its 50th birthday, then somebody needs to preserve it exactly as it is. DO NOT PAINT!

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A couple of my (very old) pics posted recently on the Puddlethumper Circus thread, and then I thought mebbe some on here would like a gander too...

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Taken in August 1988, I think. The American 3-Ring Circus, touring Ireland that summer.

I'd only recently watched Convoy for the first time, so this got me very excited indeed - it wasn't a Mack R-series, but an F-series was tolerably close...

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On 7/11/2022 at 8:19 PM, Dick Longbridge said:

Have we had the Rowe Hillmaster yet? Cornish designed and built and the old workshop still stands to this day. In fact, my brother's mechanic mate used to work there a few years back. 

An interesting read...

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The company I drive for has one on display at the head office in Cullompton, she was brand new to the company.

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21 minutes ago, bigstraight6 said:

The company I drive for has one on display at the head office in Cullompton, she was brand new to the company.

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That's fantastic. Kudos to the company for retaining the old girl for 60+ years. I've just googled the plate and found your old post about it: 

Their heritage collection looks immaculate too! 

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Ridley Road Market sometime in the 70s. Ridley Road Market has been an East London institution since the late 1880s, encapsulating the area’s rich history of immigration and cultural diversity – sometimes being at the forefront of it, as it was in 1947 and 1949 when it was the site of clashes between Oswald Mosley-led fascists and the Jewish anti-fascist 43 Group.
 

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On 09/05/2022 at 20:18, quicksilver said:

And the big question: what on earth was this Perth & Kinross Council dustcart doing 400 miles south in England?!
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Transferred to another district which has the sane contractor or bought by a rent-a-wreck place and hired to the local authority in your area.

That distance in a 250hp Econic must have been glacial in pace. And very uncomfortable.

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Attention lorriests in the East Riding and N Lincs - it's pea picking time which usually involves old lorries with stainless steel hoppers being brought out of their 11 month slumber...

I've seen an ERF, numerous olden Scanias and a Volvo F10(?)  so far...

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On 7/11/2022 at 8:19 PM, Dick Longbridge said:

Have we had the Rowe Hillmaster yet? Cornish designed and built and the old workshop still stands to this day. In fact, my brother's mechanic mate used to work there a few years back. 

An interesting read...

http://www.busmuseum.org.uk/webnews/news018.htm

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Sorting a load of old photos on my phone and discovered these Hillmasters. I'd forgotten I'd seen a load of them ages ago! 

 

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11 hours ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Sorting a load of old photos on my phone and discovered these Hillmasters. I'd forgotten I'd seen a load of them ages ago! 

 

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Yes I’ve seen and photographed these, the tractor unit is the sole survivor of the few that were built and originally was registered 1 JAF new to Dingle & Sons of Stoke Climsland, mated to a low loader trailer to move their road rollers and other plant.

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