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by Forster
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Scrapers
Topic: TS14 Single and Twin.
Replies: 6
Views: 393
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TS14 Single and Twin.

Just browsing through some of the old posts on scrapers and particularly the Twin TS14. In fact Blackwells had a TS14 Twin on the first section of the High Wycombe By Pass (Now the M40) from Marlow to Stokenchurch in 1964. It was the first and, only one in the country at that time. Operated by Jack ...
by Forster
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Companies
Topic: Dick Hampton
Replies: 194
Views: 30619
Flag: Mauritius

Re: Dick Hampton

This was 1970 to 1971, Lymm Corner to The Royal Thorn Pub together with a spur into Manchester Airport. Site agent was Peter the German.
by Forster
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Companies
Topic: Dick Hampton
Replies: 194
Views: 30619
Flag: Mauritius

Re: Dick Hampton

Forster, in fact Wilson is my middle name, no connection to Charlie Wilson. I am more commonly know as Joe. I worked for Blackwells on and off from 1964 until 1972. Periods away included a couple of years in the Middle East and 2 years in Canada together with time in Belgium. My travelling pal in th...
by Forster
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Scrapers
Topic: ts 24
Replies: 24
Views: 3897
Flag: Mauritius

Re: ts 24

Shellabear Price had TS24s back in the early 60s without cabs. In fact I don't remember any of Shellabears scrapers or dozers having the luxury of a cab. I worked with them on the Tinsley Park, Sheffield site in the winter of 1960. On that site there was a dozen or so 24s some of which were on hire ...
by Forster
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Companies
Topic: Dick Hampton
Replies: 194
Views: 30619
Flag: Mauritius

Re: Dick Hampton

Re your post Feb 16th 2017. Not sure if it is the same Frank Ward I knew on the A500 in Stoke circa 1971 however, names such as Uneedus and the McGeady's I did know. Gypsy Smith I believe worked for Shellabear Price in the early 60s. I would be surprised if any of these people are still around. Fors...
by Forster
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Tractors
Topic: World Ploughing Championship 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1360
Flag: Mauritius

Re: World Ploughing Championship 2016

A very very interesting set of photographs, I particularly liked the older stuff. I don't know whether or not we have any old plough men on this website,if we have then does anyone remember Tom Forster, he came from Northumberland (Wallington Hall) and took part in championship ploughing from the ea...
by Forster
Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Scrapers
Topic: Box Scrapers
Replies: 8
Views: 1562
Flag: Mauritius

Re: Box Scrapers

Hamptons probably had the largest fleet of D8 model 22A with box scrapers in the UK in the 60s. The M1 in Liecestershire in 1963 was the scene of a lot of these. If my mind serves me correctly, most of the operators were of a good standard, obviously they had moved up from D8 Rs with roller (that,s ...
by Forster
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Companies
Topic: Shellabear Price/ Biwater Plant
Replies: 4
Views: 1883
Flag: Mauritius

Re: Shellabear Price/ Biwater Plant

It was still Shellabear Price in the mid 60s. I worked alongside the company in Belgium (Verviers) in 1964. Peter Price ran the firm at that time. They were basically muckshifters with maybe 10 TS24 motor scrapers together with the usual backup dozers. they generally had excellent plant operators. U...
by Forster
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Scrapers
Topic: driving scrapers on road
Replies: 36
Views: 8580
Flag: Mauritius

Re: driving scrapers on road

Moving scrapers from site to site by road was the "way it was done" in the 60s and early 70s. Prior to 1963 the TS24 was probably the biggest scraper in use, having an air activated power shift and brakes one had to be careful not to exhaust the air supply otherwise you were stuck in gear....
by Forster
Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: Dozers
Topic: 90 D9G 's !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2949
Flag: Mauritius

Re: 90 D9G 's !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not quite of the same magnitude as the Indus however, I worked on the W A C Bennett dam in British Columbia (800 miles north of Vancouver) in 1966 / 1967. We ran 30 D9Gs on a 3 x 8 hour shift system 7 days a week. Total volume of fill was 100 million tons over a 5 year period. This was a massively i...

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