Remember when going scotch (if from the south), or going down to the smoke ( if from the north), was long distance,
when middle east work was readily available?.
When a 111 or F89 meant you were truly the king of the road
Recall those companies long gone, where every day was an adventure?
What ever happened to those drivers you spent hours with.. where did they go? and recollect on those characters in the industry sadly no longer with us.
This forum is for us all to indulge in a little nostalgia and remember with rose coloured glasses how much better it was in the olden days
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I was inspired to post this thread by the one on Berridale Braes - another challenging bit of road in the old days was the A93 Devil's Elbow near the Spital of Glenshee, Perthshire, I remember passing down there in 1964 in my dad's Austin A40 and was totally fascinated by the place, a few years ago I tried to retrace my boyhood steps but was disappointed to discover that the road has been 'improved' and the old Devil's Elbow has since been bypassed, so I never got to drive up there myself alas!.
Has anyone got any tales to tell or photographs to show of trucks negotiating this route in the old days? - No doubt a few were stranded up there in winter.
Over the years, numerous picture postcards have been published showing the road - (some I guess have been subtly enhanced too :- to give the illusion of an even steeper gradient!)
Anyway, here's one I came across showing the old Devil's Elbow - I think someone has been using a 1950's version of Photoshop!!! - because- the coach seems to be a mirror image - with the sliding passenger door on the offside!!
(Incidentally, I think the coach is an Eastern Coachworks 'Queen Mary' bodied Daimler of Scottish Motor Traction):-
Th' Old uns are th' best!
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