Old British Haulage Firms
I received an email recently from a gentleman called John who sent me these pictures of lorries
once used by the Haulage Company NMU (1953) Transport Ltd. He is thinking of restoring a
classic British lorry into the NMU livery. This email inspired me to insert this page dedicated to
long extinct Briish Haulage firms, starting with NMU (1953) Transport Ltd If anyone has more details
on this company I would be happy to add them to this page. I was reading Classic and Vintage Commercials
magazine (Jan 2008 edition) and came across correspondence on the letters page from Jim Beresford
regarding his late friend and work colleague Jim Clarke, both former NMU drivers. I managed to glean from
the article that NMU stood for Northern Motors Utilities Ltd but that the company ceased to exist after the
war when it was nationalised, after denationalisation it became NMU (1953) Ltd In the magazine article there
is a picture of Jim Clarke with his new Foden S20 registration number XVY 658 the same lorry is pictured below.
I managed to track down Jim Beresford and had an interesting conversation with him, he is a mine of information
on NMU, their lorries and their drivers. Jim also put a year to the Foden heading back from the Earls Court Commercial Motor (1958)
Many thanks Jim I enjoyed the chat, I could almost smell the diesel fumes coming down the phone.
Leyland registration number PUY 169G (is it still out there ?)
Foden was another famous marque used by NMU Transport
TDN 30B Albion CDN 606C
DVY 791 XVY 658
Not a very good quality picture of two NMU ERF's
Registration BVY 929 and BVY928 NVY 409
The picture on the right is of an NMU Foden taken on the way back to York from the Commercial Motor Show in London
(sometime 1950's ? any one know ?) The lorry had been used as a hospitality centre at the show with wide steps
at the rear for easy entry. She had a white steering wheel and Red piping round the edge of the up holstery, but I am
led to believe that these had been removed before she went into service. (any more info on this lorry ???) NVY 409
Two more NMU pictures from John I think the reg on the Foden is MVY 35 (might be mistaken) She is climbing the
hill out London towards Highgate Archway, looks like a London brick AEC following. The other picture at York
with the York Minster as a back drop. (After speaking to Jim Beresford he tells me the S18 Foden heading out of
London was driven by John Quinn, it was powered by a 4LW Gardner and had fleet number 46)
John thinks this is NMU's final livery ERF ADN 730K AVY 913K Sam's Lorry Noel Whincup sent me this picture of his late father's ERF
pictured at Scammonden Reservoir by the side of the M62 motorway in West Yorkshire
BDH 420C John Greig sent me this picture of C50 BUA fleet number 5050
Of all the emails and pictures I receive for this page by far the most come from Ex NMU(1953)Transport Ltd drivers for which I am very
grateful. I recently was contacted by Brian Watmough who like myself is now retired, Brian is an ex NMU driver and he tells me he gets
together with other ex NMU drivers for a drink and a chat about old times. If it is anything like our meets of the Long Haul Club in Lancashire
then there is plenty of black smoke, diesel fumes and a few tall stories. If any one is interested please follow this link to our club forum site
other NMU drivers for their input to this web page. Please feel free to comment on this page or send any pictures you would like displayed.
The file name on this picture is Reg Pashby
Pointer Group Transport
I received these pictures from Peter Pulling ref Pointer Group Transport. I remember seeing this companies lorries
on the road in the 1960's but cannot find any reference to them now. Have they been taken over and swallowed up ?
Peter informs me that they were taken over by RMC the concrete company in the early 70's possibly to gain access
to Pointers numerous quarries in East Anglia area. The only part of Pointers to survive intact was the Quinto Crane
hire service, I am working in King's Lynn at the moment and see their cranes out and about most days. Peter kindly
sent me a picture of a Pointermix LAD cabbed Leyland LCL 446H Very few concrete mixers make it into preservation
in their original concrete mixer configuration but I did see an Albion Reiver mixer at the Pennine Transport Gathering
in Huddersfield on Sunday 27th October. I have put up an album on my picturetrail account, click on the picturetrail
camera at the bottom of my homepage to take you there.
Peter Pulling at the wheel of his new Leyland DVG 931D
Pointer Transport AEC registration number DCL 755 and below Pointermix Leyland LAD cab mixer LCL 446H
McKelvie Garry Walling kindly sent me these pictures of McKelvie lorries which I posted some time ago. Since then I have had emails
from Garry whose Father drove for McKelvie in the 50's and 60's Garry says he spent many happy hours travelling in the
firms lorries. Garry went on to give me a brief history of the company as best he could remember. Jim McKelvie entered his father's
business in 1941 when the business comprised of two lorries and two horse and carts, there main customer at that time was Shanks
the manufacturers of sinks,baths and toilets, their factory still exists to this day. After his father retired Jim tookover the running of the
company and soon expanded rapidly. On de-nationalisation of the road transport industry Jim purchased ex BRS vehicles to
obtain the necessary A & B licences, in time these lorries would be replaced with new Albion, Foden and Leyland marques.
McKelvie became one of Scotland's major heavy haulage contractors, they operated nightly trunk services from Paisley to Manchester,
Motherwell to Walsall & Manchester to London and vice versa. At the peak of their operations they operated over 200 vehicles.
Major customers included Motherwell Steel, B.I.C.C, Chochrans and A.E.I Trafford park to name but a few.
In 1965 Jim McKelvie sold the business to Transport Development Group (TGD) and the demise of the company began. TDG closed
down the head office and workshops at Barrhead and moved over to Paisley. Jim McKelvie stayed on as M.D for approx 18 months
but was not happy with the way the company was headin i.e concentrating on warehouse and distribution and consequently left
the business to form a company called Fereneze Construction who repaired and serviced a variety of vehicles in the Barrhead area.
This led to Jim forming Ailsa Trucks in Barrhead who were one of the first importers of Volvo lorries in the country. David Pratt a
long term employee of both McKelvie and Volvo emailed me with the information ref Jim in his post McKelvie days. He tells me Jim
toured the continent viewing all the different options ref lorry manufacturers before settling on Volvo. David and three other men were
sent to Sweden to train in the repair and maintenance of Volvo trucks. The heavy haulage section of McKelvie was sold off by TDG
to Strathclyde Transport. By the late 80's the proud McKelvie Transport name ceased to be used by TDG, the depot at Paisley lies empty.
Sadly Jim McKelvie a great man in the annals of British transport and haulage died in 1977
MHS 477 Albion Caledonian (based at Manchester) and signwritten
in original livery i.e Goddard Street,Newtonheath. Manchester. The
legend above the rad cap says Manchester-Scotland where as later
vehicles said Trunk Haulage. The name of the trunk driver was
Johnny Diamond a Scotsman living in Manchester, he came to
McKelvie from BRS Trafford Park.
OHS 830 Foden pictured in Manchester depot. (Cheethamhill) THS 476 Leyland Beaver
THS 694 Leyland Beaver pictured at Manchester 2 Heavy Haulage tractors based at Motherwell MHS 159 MHS 344
Both normally used as ballast tractors, so to see 344 as a unit is unusual
Paul Tunnicliffe emailed me this picture of a Foden lorry his Grandad drove for Bentley's Tiles of Stoke on Trent. Registration
number YMB 527, he would very much like to know if this vehicle made it into preservation ? Any one out there know anything ?
Peter Tossell sent me these photos from Australia where he now lives. Peter worked for Charringtons Transport (Belvedere,Kent)
The first picture shows Peter on the back of the Foden unit, the guy on the floor is one Stan Swift, they are unloading cables somewhere
in the Maidstone area. Apart from cable work they also ran glass from United Glass, paper out of Wiggins Teape, drummed chemicals
out of Shellhaven and drums of lube oil out of BP Isle of Grain. Peter also included a picture of a restored Atki Borderer HYG 263N that
he found on the web, amazingly Peter drove this unit from new up until he got the Foden. Peter was made redundant from Charringtons
in 1982 and emigrated to Australia. (any copyright issues please contact me)
Any one recognise this pair, the picture was emailed to me by Graywackle ? Arthur Hubbard who drove with me At A.Brown & Sons
taken at Newark circa 1960 of Epworth in the 60's
Ian Pye sent me these wonderful pictures of Pye Transport Fleet circa 1968 pictured with some of the work force are Fred,Frank and Gerald.
The company started in 1956 and closed in 2001. In the early 80's they had a fleet of 50 trucks and 150 trailers. Most of the fleet were Atkinsons
with a few ERF's Most of them had Gardner engines (6LXB's) In later years they ran Seddon Atkinsons and ERF's fitted with 10 & 14 litre Cummins
I bought some welding shelters from Carter's of Basingstoke and got talking to their rep about lorries and he sent me these pictures, 1954 Egham Show
Many thanks go to Kevin Webb a lorry driver with 21 years experience who sent me this picture of A.Lee's wonderful fleet of British stalwarts.
His late father Gordon Webb drove for A.Lee Transport , I have tried to read the sign writing to see where they were based with no success .
A further email and more pictures from Kevin, he tells me A.Lee were based at Old Denaby and that they were a general haulage company
but they did concentrate on steel, presumably from Rotherham and Sheffield. Sadly A.Lee is no longer trading but Simon Lee the young
feller stood on his own in front of the Albion on the left is in the transport business with two artic lorries.
Kevin sent me these two pictures taken in 1988, I would hazard a guess that it is the same yard as in the picture of A.Lee's line up of Albions.
The Albion is the one fifth from the left in the first picture and I am pleased to say it is now restored and in preservation. I think the registration
number is OWW 991 any one out there know where it is now ?
Three more pictures from Kevin of lorries he has driven, being originally from near Doncaster I recognise two of the liveries. Pawson's used
to do a bit of work for A.Brown & Sons of Epworth when I drove for them . The MAN belongs to Taylors of Worksop, it is pulling Carr's trailer,
over 50 years ago we used to go into Carr's woodyard at Bentley near Doncaster and empty their scrap wood bins and sell them on as logs.
And last but not least a picture of Kevin with his son Levi in front of a Scania belonging to Simpson Bros of Northumberland, Levi is presently
serving with the Royal Dragoon Guards on a tour of duty in Iraq and I send him and all our boys and girls out there our best wishes.
Over the Christmas period Kevin sent me some more pictures ref A.Lee Transport of Old Denaby near Doncaster
Kevin gave me some details on the 5 new Roadtrains in the picture, they were bought for a steel contract running out of Thrybergh steel mills at
Rotherham to the Midlands. They had consecutive registrations E980 CFE to E984 CFE, 2 were 4x2's with 250 Cummins engines and 3 were in
6x2 format with 320 Cummins engines. Kevin tells me they were not governed and could fly, they ran day and night out of Rotherham, he describes
a typical day. Pick up trailer loaded with steel bars ex steel mills, rope down on every hook (they did not have ratchet straps or chains) Tip at
Wolverhampton storage yard then run empty back to Thrybergh. Pick up another trailer which would be dropped at Wincanton's yard Darleston
for their day men to tip, then back to steel mills drop the empty trailer and back to depot to fuel up for the day man to take over. The engines not
having time to cool down before the day man took over, what you might call a good nights work.
Not strictly a haulage firm, Turriff Taylor was a Pipeline Contracting Company based in Coventry, I think this magnificent International was
driven by my mate Brian West. Are you out there Brian ?
A Turriff Reo 6x6 originally used for string pipes and later converted to a Bowser
Gerald P.Waters kindly sent me the following pictures with permission to use them on my site, his family operated a small haulage firm in
Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland up until 1971. The first one shows Gerald's grandfather Michael Waters with a railway carriage drawn by
two horse power. I think Michael is the gentleman holding the halter of the white horse.
Picture of Gerald and the backend of a Seddon 15/10 powered by a Gardner 5LW engine. The load is a crank for a marine diesel engine
destined for Copenhagen, Denmark via Grangemouth docks.
One of James Waters Foden units reg number GGM 632D loaded with a turbine casing destined for a Hydro electric power station.
This vehicle was fitted with a Foden FD6 2 stroke diesel engine, these engines made a glorious sound.
A Foden eight wheeler with a tidy load, Gerald tells me this lorry was fitted with a Gardner 6LW, I cannot help but
feel she would be a trifle under powered. I used to drive a 22t GVW 6 wheeler ERF fitted with the same engine on
a regular run to Baxter's of Speyside and felt she could do with a few more horses under the bonnet.
William Shiels sent me this picture of his family's 1937 Leyland lorry , he tells me he rode in it as a boy before emigrating to Canada. Shiels and Sons
were from Maghera, Co Derry in Nothern Ireland. many thanks William. Another shot of Shiels and Sons lorries from William Shiels.
I recently moved to a new construction site at Holford Gas Storage Ltd, Byley in Cheshire, near Middlewich. Chris May of
May Electrical wired up our new offices. Whilst Chris was in my office he commented on the pictures of my various lorries
which are up on my office wall, he told me his grandad had been a lorry driver and had some pictures of some of the lorries
he had driven in the past. So here by kind permission of John May I have reproduced them on my web site for your enjoyment.
Gregsons Motors 4 wheel Foden with draw bar trailer approx 1950
John Alcock of Bickerstaff pair of Leyland Comets circa 1952
Another shot of John Alcock's Leyland Comet LTD 500
Tam MCALEESE retireda couple of years ago after 42 years on the road, recently Tam has joined the super highway and surfs the net.
He emailed me a picture of his Volvo 86 belonging to A & J McLellan described by Tam as one of Glasgow's oldest and best haulage firms.
The picture was taken at Scrabster Caithness in 1974 prior to boarding the St Oalu bound for the Orkney, the First truck to deliver to the Island.
Unfortunately A & J McLennan closed their doors on the 5th of March 1976 a sad day for Tam.
Steve Crewe sent me this picture given to him by his brother Barry of Chadderton.
The picture of a six wheeler outside the Elk Mill, Royton, Oldham was sent to me
by Steve enquiring if I could identify the make. My first instinct was either a Maudsley
or a Leyland, my friend Simon Longdon of The Thornycroft Register confirmed he
thought it was a Leyland Badger. I remembered taking a picture at The Leyland Rally
of A & R Ainscough's Leyland and on checking found it to be the same as the one at Elk Mill.
Any more information would be greatly appreciated. The Elk Mill was built in 1926 and demolished
in 1999 to make way for a retail park, all this in the name of progress.
Steve also sent me these pictures that were given to him by John Harrison his workmate at Blue Dart
so my thanks go to both of you
Steve's Seddon Blue Dart pantechnicon (copyright Steve Crewe)
AEC Mercury pictured on the opening day of Blue Dart Depot at Stakehill Ind Estate Middleton, Manchester. Steve tells me the gent in the
picture with the damaged box van trailer went by the name of Mad Mick who was a fitter at the depot. The gent below was described to me
as Jack The fuel man.
David Kay sent me this picture of his father with his Preston Farmers Leyland lorry registration CK3454
Paul Anderson passed his HGV test in 1977 when working for Remploy based at Bough Mill, Neild Street Oldham.
At that time Remploy had 60 vehicles based at that depot. The picture of the Custom Cab Ford D500 ? was taken
in early 1978 at Remploy's Springburn factory in Glasgow. Registration number VLF 867S
Bill Stothard sent me these pictures of his families vehicles from times past along with some fine pictures of Myatt Bros of Cudworth, near Barnsley,
he kindly gave me permission to publish them on my site but copyright stays with Bill. Many thanks Bill wonderful evocotive pictures.
We start off with one of Bill's grandfather's Lorries WX 9922 he thinks it is a Commer Centaur from around 1930
Next HWW 767 a Fordson Thames 7V SWB tipper new around 1950, Bill is pictured here with his younger sister Anne (note the phone number 46)
VHE 616 Commer Superpoise along with Bill's notes regarding these pictures
Commer Superpoise, Chromebore 6 Cyl. Petrol Engine, New to my Fathers Builders Merchant Company name Stothards Limited, around 1960? As I recall the Gross Vehicle Weight was 10 Tons. I was always given to believe that this engine was a derivative of the engine fitted to the Humber Super Snipe saloon car – or vice-a-versa – it certainly lacked power, speed and 'guts'
Interestingly the Commer had an unladen weight of 3 ton 10 cwts, however at the time of its acquisition it was licensed at 2 tons 19 cwt. 2 Qtrs. This 'false' weight was not intended to be a means of paying reduced road tax, which was calculated from the unladen (perhaps I should say tare?) weight at that time. It was simply because no one under 21 years old was allowed by law to drive a lorry with an unladen weight of 3 tons or more. I was working for the company as a driver and was only around 18 years old at that time, and this 'deception' was a means of contriving to make it 'legal' for me to drive this lorry.
Stothards Ltd. Commer with TS3 Diesel Engine. I am tempted to call this a 'Maxiload' - However I think that the Maxiload was to come later as a 16ton GVW model. The one in the picture was of 13 ton GVW with an unladen weight of around 5 tons (8 tons carrying capacity), and was the successor to the Commer Superpoise in the family business.
Myatt Brothers. AEC Mammoth Major (8 'legger') GWW 578
VWU 249 + VWU 250 + VWU 251
Myatt Bros. Line up of Austin Loadstar? & 2 Morris Commercials? (Fleet No's 23, 24 & 25)
Registration No. Not known.
Myatt Bros. Thought to be an AEC – (Axle weights were not important in those days!)
Myatt Bros. Albion Year & Model not known – but lamps and front mudguards suggest wartime livery. Fleet Number of '4' makes it earlier than the AEC Mammoth Major (als006) which was No. 10
Myatt Bros. Operated a Cudworth (Barnsley) Based Haulage Company until the 1970's, which specialised in a daily service between London and Yorkshire. The son of one of the proprietors gave these pictures to me in the 1980's. My knowledge of this company is limited, however I do know that they had a London Depot (see the photo of the Albion (als010) with the 'Mansion House' exchange accompanying the phone number). I can also recall – as a boy during the British Road Services era – that their depot was invariably filled with Red Liveried BRS Lorries with the Barnsley I/D preface of 65D or alternatively Green Liveried vehicles with the 5A Bermondsey I/D. (Bill's notes)
Morgans Brewery? Albions. RF5084 & RF4189
I was certain that the Albion on the right was probably an Albion Model 24, and at that time I was restoring a Model 24LC Albion 2-ton hydraulic tipping lorry.
W S Shuttleworth Albion Model 24. This photo given to me in the 1980's by a descendant of the Shuttleworth family who was seeking to obtain a model 24 Albion for restoration and preservation. Close inspection appears to reveal that the company had a Slough phone number.
Thank you Bill Stothard I am sure these pictures will provide much pleasure from the viewers as well as evoke pleasant memories of a past gone for ever.
I recently received this email from Viv Higgins in New Zealand reference her relations in Middlesborough, thanks Viv. The Gallifant's seem to have been Leyland men.
Greetings Al, from NZ!!
My grandfather's 1/2 brother, James Alan Gallafant (or Gallifant!) hitched his way up to M'boro' about 1868-ish, aged about 12 I believe, from a village near Colchester, Essex.
He set off with presumably his father's blessing and a gold sovereign, and after working for various people, he set up his own successful transport firm. I believe he was involved
in transporting materials for the famous bridge. I have his obituary which shows him as a local personage! I've attached a few old photos a distant cousin I discovered sent me.
James had 2 sons, who carried on the business after James died, but I think they separated and so the Leyland trucks all belonged to Fred's firm. I sent these pix to Leyland,
but never heard anything back! I thought they might have had a passing interest, though I realise the company is not what it was. Ah well!
I hope I haven't rambled on too long here, but James was clearly a staunch Leyland man! Loved browsing your pix of the trucks (lorries), great to see them....in any condition!
Cheers, and thanks for bearing with me!!
The first pic shows granddad's 1/2 brother James on the left, next is son Arthur plus 3 employees.
Second pic is Fred Gallafant's lorry - it says `largest lorry in the district!
Third is `an historical line-up', Fred's fleet of assorted vehicles, one steam powered.