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DAYS GONE BY

HeavyTorque Issue Six: Days gone by

FROM MODEL TO METAL (PART ONE)

IN A WAY SOME OF US CAN ONLY DREAM, JON HARLE SCALED UP…

Did you ever have a toy that determined the direction of your career? I did! Like any small boy growing up in the 1960s I had a collection of Matchbox cars and lorries. But my favourite was a Pickfords lowloader. The trailer had two 3-axled bogies, and it was pulled by a Scammell Constructor in that evocative dark blue and white livery. From the moment I was given it, I knew I wanted to work for Pickfords Heavy Haulage.

Sure enough, several years later I left school after my A-levels and successfully applied for a job with Pickfords as a trainee traffic operator. I started at the company’s Park Royal depot in London in May, 1976. The biggest wagon we had was a Scammell Handyman with a 20-ton lowloader. But it was Pickfords. And it was a Scammell!

It was during that time that I first came to know one of the stars of the fleet: TM1277, the 12-axled 300-ton capacity girder trailer. In those days, all abnormal load movements through London had to take place at night: one summer’s evening I climbed up the ladder into the steersman cab on the rear of the empty trailer. I was astounded that even the empty trailer needed a police escort! But the outfit was about a hundred and thirty feet long, and weighed over a hundred tons!

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Announcement

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It is with regret, that the HeavyTorque team have decided to take a stand based on an industry-wide ‘blind eye’ to the waste in the magazine and periodicals business.

HeavyTorque (#15, July 2018) was the final issue to grace the shop shelves, both on the High Street and across the travel network. As part of our onward strategy to adapt, HeavyTorque will now be distributed exclusively through controlled circulation and available through printed subscription.

Please note, this change will only affect newsstand purchasers. There will be no change for our loyal print subscribers.

Why the newsstand change? Quite simply, we can no longer (in good conscience) participate in a distribution programme that creates such an inherent waste of our precious natural resources – and money.

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