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
quality pic that gardner 120 used to know a lad 30 years ago charlie, he was involved with the haydon chaps but he drove a bedford flat for coopers north rode at the time great lad helped me out as a lad never forgot him
Great pic 120,nice to see one of Parry's.
Keep on breathing, it helps.
Educated in the School of Hard Knocks and the University of Life.
You might find a memory or two in this thread.... viewtopic.php?f=35&t=51613
All the best! Andrew Stone
There is a cracking photo of a Jukes' AEC 6 wheeler earlier on here at Woodside, Birkenhead Docks which brought back memories for me. In the early and mid 70s Haydons were there a lot, picking up cattle from Ireland. I went once in the 6 legged beast & drawbar with my cousin Dave Haydon (who tragically died suddenly last year). We sat in the queue of about 15 wagons and when it came to it, you had to drive down, swing round and reverse into a tight pen. Now Dave wasn't the usual driver of the drawbar and as it had a steering front axle, it was a pig if you weren't used to it. Anyway, we drew down and could he reverse it in? Could he hell! We must have had 10 or 12 attempts with all the drivers watching and the scouser on the pen. They gave all sorts of advice like "left hand down now mate" and "you don't want to do it like that" and I learned lots of new words in the cab that an 11 year old probably shouldn't have known
My thanks again to Topline143 for the superb photo of 6 Legs
In the cab were oil cans, old rope and big sticks (cow persuaders) and it was lovely and warm on the bonnet in winter. Long way down at 11 & 12 though and stood on the hubcap to pull yourself in - having just had knee surgery at the weekend it looks a little daunting from here!
Hi chaps anyone got any memories of hauling into Marsh and Baxter at Brierley Hill or Devis butchers Great Bridge , I can remember seeing Crowthers Craven arms and J S Pugh in this area but was not too sure that they had delivered thier regards kk
never went by marsh and baxters but i think j w hodgetts used to do a lot of work for them.
took a few photos at devis at great bridge, rawsons from hull with an atkinson eight wheeler, thomas bros llanerchymedd anglesey with an impressive erf eight wheeler and trevor north from melton mowbrasy with a scania artic. very close to devis was barretts and baird which was the busiest abattoir, wish i had made more visits there. trucks could be seen from north east scotland, cumbria, north east, south west .
Hi 143 Topline great bit of information really brings back memories .
I can remember Thomas bros Anglesey having a nice ERF 8 legger with an early LV cab . As for Rawsons they had an Atkinson 8 legger delivering pigs on an regular basis . I am sure quite a few Shropshire hauliers came to Devis' s as well regards kk
Hi, yes remember Baxters very well, used to be a regular Tuesday pig delivery, also took thousands of welsh store Lambs into Barretts and Baird, easy delivery with a rigid, but a bit of a dogleg on the blindside with an artic, one of the nastiest times was being locked into Barretts new yard when it was raided by animal rights protesters one night, animal rights my arse, load of thugs looking for an excuse more like.
Also remember Baxters old place in Gloucester, think its part of the ring road these days.
Thanks Andrew, brings back memories of Baxters and all those lorries of which severalwere from the welsh borders.
All gone now together with the Round Oak steelworks, now the Merryhill centre regards kk
Thanks Topline , i can remember only too well back in the early 70s .walking up towards Eagle lane past Devis's animal storage sheds . After a warm nights storage the smell was something to behold!
From North Wales again i can remember J H Jones from Llanwrst and thier Foden 8 legger a regular visiter regards kk
Another quality photo from your superb album Top line!
That must have been a beast to wash! I remember as a 12 year old dragging the hose and brush into the back of our own 6 legs, slipping on the wooden gate, starting at the cab end and working my way down until floor, walls, gate and trellis sides were all done. Hard graft that cleared the sinuses!
I'm having trouble with this brilliant thread, for some reason if I click to go to the 12th page of the thread, the site logs me out & therefore I'm unable to view the photos after(this page) page 11 of 12. Can someone tell me what's going on or am I the only one having this problem.
I've had to post this reply to gain access to page 12 which is very odd. I'd come close to throwing the laptop out of the window lol. Please keep the superb photos & memories coming through.
Happy new year everyone.
top photo that please share some more any more north wales such as je jones elfed bartley gl williams etc ?
top photo that one loving these old photos i remember more of the north wales hauliers je jones elfed bartley gl williams dennis thomas as a kid any of hese in the collection yours hopefully
would that be porkys atki-alan
I scanned this from a book on the 70s - it's from Birkenhead, November 1974 and shows Welsh farmers protesting against the import of Irish cattle - top right is the Woodside Hotel. The driver of the H reg Ford looks nervous enough - Does anyone know the firm?
Hiya. now there,s a lad Charlie Robo..he was on for Coopers at north rode/ bollington on a DAF 2100 van but went back to Haydon,s on
a new ERF 4 wheeler on the Biddulph plastics job, work went slack and he came back to Coopers. i left coopers in 88 but charlie go fixed up on the Gradus Carpet cotract (still coopers trucks but blue and silver colour 6 legger) and he,s been there since.I spoke to him about 6 months back.
yes friend i remember the bowling ford they were from FISH FOLD FARM WESTHOUGHTON and were regulars at the old manchester meat market on water street anybody else out there remember water st abatoir?
Here's a couple from Haydon's garage in the 60s before the days of H & S and plugging into diagnostic machines. Albion I think or maybe an S type Bedford.
The bloke in the pit is my Great Uncle Tom Haydon - a lovely man, much loved and missed by all who knew him. Passed away 1993.
I changed the oil on my Cavalier over that pit - very dodgy as it fitted on by about 1/4 inch each side ...
As Ethan123 says the Ford at Birkenhead was operated by Jimmy Bowling they had a KM around the same time and usually Commers before that,they took a lot of pigs into Gills at Bolton.There was a well specced Foden 8 legger back in the 80's from that side of Lancashire with Bowling on the front with a 2/3 deck pig type body,I was told it was owned by the the same family. I saw a double deck artic with that name on the side just recently so I'm presuming that was theirs as well. I worked with an ex Bowlings driver Tommy Arrowsmith on and off from 75-82.
My late Brother John used to drive for Troughtons Transport based at Falfield in Gloucestershire back in the late 1960s. They used to run several lorries up to Birkenhead to load Irish cattle. I'd love to see photos of their lorries. They ran several Thames Traders, a Ford D series & a Seddon Artic. I believe they also ran an Ergomatic cabbed AEC towards the end. Lovely memories.
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