South Wales Lowloaders from 1960s / 70s

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South Wales Lowloaders from 1960s / 70s

Post #1 by FOWLER MAN » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:42 am

Hi,
I struck gold here, came across some great old pics.
It was great great to find the DMD and Cambrian Scammells from my old firm.
I rebuilt that Highwayman DUH 974C and trailer in 1969 for the new regs. Engine rebuild,upgraded the braking system replacing the multipull hanbrake with an air system and piped her up to replace the single line braking with a new tripple line system. Made up a subframe and replaced the Scammell coupling with a York 5th. wheel too.
Took her out when they were short of drivers, she had a 9ft 6in Wide bed.
Fred

DMD scammell.
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Cardiff Plant Scammel.
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Ryan Scammell.
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Ryans with 33 RB.
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South Wales Plant Trader.
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Ryans Scammell.
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Andrew Scott Scammell.
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Cambrian (Cardiff Plant) DUH 974C
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Post #2 by Jeremy Rowland » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:38 am

Nice find Fred :claphands:

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Post #3 by Neversweat » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:49 am

Jeremy Rowland wrote:Nice find Fred :claphands:

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Post #4 by martyn williams » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:47 pm

Its great to see these old photos :thumbup: Just shows how much bigger lowloaders and machines are these days.
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Post #5 by gah1950 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:03 am

hello fred.
nice to see some local low-loaders,a real good find of the 33-rb that would have been one of the last machines to have been made, a rare collection of good photos i must say.
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Post #6 by Renaultman » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:47 pm

Amazing picture, was SCOTTS Scammell painted in that horrible Browny Green paint.

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Post #7 by FOWLER MAN » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:07 am

Renaultman wrote:Amazing picture, was SCOTTS Scammell painted in that horrible Browny Green paint.


Hi Geraint,
Short answer. Yes.
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And heres another couple of pics,
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Post #8 by MGI » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:43 pm

Really interesting photos Fred, thank you! Wasn't Cambrian part of R & W? I seem to remember being on a site (Tarmac - Michaeldean) in the early seventies and we had three 22's on the site, two of them BCHC & one of them was Cambrian, all driven by guys out of the Tyseley depot. One was a standard machine (10 ton?) one was a long & wide & mine was an air ICD, 20 ton on a short stick I think!


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Post #9 by Julian » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:43 pm

That's similar to a Taskers 'knock-out' axle one that I went to look at once. I have a friend who had one for his traction engine, on the level and with a hard surface the axle was manageable with one man, on grass it needed more than one man power to move! And 'clicker' jacks to raise the thing - not sure how many wagon drivers would be happy with that nowadays?

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Post #10 by FOWLER MAN » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:46 am

MGI wrote:Really interesting photos Fred, thank you! Wasn't Cambrian part of R & W? I seem to remember being on a site (Tarmac - Michaeldean) in the early seventies and we had three 22's on the site, two of them BCHC & one of them was Cambrian, all driven by guys out of the Tyseley depot. One was a standard machine (10 ton?) one was a long & wide & mine was an air ICD, 20 ton on a short stick I think!


Hi,
The Cambrian name came from Cambrian Plant of Tetbury Glos., who were bought into the Cardiff Plant group allong with at least six other companys in the 1960s. They adopted the Cambrian name for the crane division and the crane and plant hire side of the group was eventualy swallowed up by R&W, (late 1970s I think).
Richards & Wallington came to Cardiff about 1960 when they took over South Wales Plant, (mostly navvys and tractors), from The Bond Brothers.
Howard Bond continued in plant hire with about 30 Cats. under the name E.A.Bond which had been his fathers building company.
I was working for him when Cardiff Plant took them over, it was about 1968, and I was transfered to Cardiff Plant to modify the braking systems on the lowloaders and trailers to comply with the new regulations.
Howard Bond set up again, continuing to suply Cats. to the Coal Board. With the demise of the NCB he sold out the Bond Business to the Bailey Plant Group who were based at Caerphilly.
Fred


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