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DAYS GONE BY

HeavyTorque Issue 7: Days Gone By

THE WONDER YEARS (PART TWO)

FORMER TRAFFIC OPERATOR JON HARLE PROVIDES THE SECOND OF HIS TWO ARTICLES LOOKING FONDLY BACK AT HIS TIME WITH PICKFORDS HEAVY HAULAGE.

It was in the middle of the 17th century that Thomas Pickford started using packhorses to carry stone from his Cheshire quarry, so by the time I joined Pickfords Heavy Haulage more than three hundred years later in 1976, the company had a long tradition and a good reputation. So I was a little surprised to be accused of stealing a 60-ton lowloader by the manager of Hams Hall Power Station in Warwickshire soon after.

I’d dispatched a Scammell Contractor from our Birmingham depot to Hams Hall to collect an empty Scheuerle trailer which had been used to deliver a 43-ton rotor to the power station. This particular trailer had a 35ft load deck, as opposed to the standard length of 25ft. The driver phoned me to tell me that he’d found the trailer but told me it looked like an ordinary 25ft deck. I assured him it was the longer version.

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