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Vintage Roadscene Archive

Vintage Roadscene Archive

Volume 11

Vintage Roadscene Archive is a series of one-off publications taking a comprehensive look at key aspects of road transport history from lorry manufacturers, operators and industries. These publications are featured in a largely pictorial presentation, using the resources of well-known photographic archives, backed up by the memories of enthusiasts and industry professionals who were there at the time. Vintage Roadscene Archive provides an unrivalled wealth of information and period pictures go to make up an ongoing series which will build into a library of interest to all transport enthusiasts. With each issue you can be assured of interesting and informative reading, enhanced with top-quality pictures of various aspects in road haulage.

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8 min.
shelvoke & who?…

So’, I’m thinking to myself, staring at a blank computer screen at six in the morning. ‘What’s the problem?’ I’ve never suffered from ‘Writer’s Block’ before. Nor have I ever been known to use just fifty words, when five hundred would tell the story just as well. So why is the screen still blank? After a second cup of tea, I managed to come-up with a reason - being close to something is as much of a problem as it is a blessing. I loved most of my fourteen years at Shelvoke & Drewry. But there were also times when I started to look for employment elsewhere, such as Boss Forklifts, ERF and even BMW. And there were several occasions when I was probably close to getting the sack, anyway. But…

31 min.
‘purpose built’ for specialist applications

It doesn’t take much working out does it? The founders of Shelvoke & Drewry were… Harry Shelvoke and James Drewry. But what is less well known is the reason (or reasons) why they decided to breakaway from their then-employer, Lacre Lorries, to form their own company. It was a brave move, so why, just a few years later, did James Drewry leave the company he co-founded? A company that arguably was created on the back of his design expertise? Quite what the original market for the Freighter was, still isn’t as clear-cut as previous articles on the history of the company suggest. Judging by the number of early chassis photographed in the company archives – and backed-up by James Drewry’s original ‘artist’s impression’ – the Freighter was seen as a compact…

1 min.
the elusive ‘e-type’

First introduced in 1937, the ‘New Type’ which was also referred to as the ‘E-Type’ (the ‘E’ may have stood for ‘Edwards’, the new chief engineer who replaced James Drewry) continued to use the Freighter’s SD-built transverse petrol power unit, but this was flipped through 180 degrees and mounted ahead of the driver to create space for a three/four man crew cab although tiller steering was retained. But as we see from this street washer tanker supplied to Paddington Borough Council in 1939, this was soon replaced by a conventional steering wheel. Only a limited number of E-types were supplied prior to the outbreak of war. These included Chelsea side loaders, Moving Floor refuse collectors and municipal tankers - customers included Manchester and Southend BC. The Paddington BC Street Washer has…

1 min.
the end

The arrival of a Conservative Government with a privatisation agenda in 1979, sent shock waves through the suppliers of equipment to local authorities like SD, as if the waste contract was lost as a result of ‘Competitive Tendering’ there was a very good chance, the commercial contractor that took over the service would operate cheaper refuse collectors based on ‘proprietary chassis’. Uncertainty in that ‘core business’ was soon reflected in fewer orders, so the lack of any substantial SPV orders after more than four years of sales effort was a double blow. The financial situation resulted in the American Dempster company taking over the Butterfield Harvey Group towards the end of 1983. Everything changed. After a further botched management buy-out by 1991, the company that Harry Shelvoke and James Drewry founded…

9 min.
“oi mister, where’s yer steering wheel?” sd - the tiller years

It’s a tribute to the soundness of James Drewry’s unique design that the ‘Freighter’ stayed in production for as long as it did - a run spread over four decades, in fact – when many other advanced designs didn’t even make it into series production. Perhaps we should remember that the Freighter was designed to replace the horse and cart as an urban transport solution? And that it’s subsequent success as a refuse collector seems to be as much a result of luck than any preconceived idea, as James Drewry’s initial drawing depicts the Freighter as an urban load carrier. Freighters were easy to drive (although ‘kick-starting’ the engine with your foot on the low-mounted starting handle takes some practice), rugged and at around £450 in the late 1920s, was highly…

11 min.
“ding ding, hold very tight please!” freighters on the front.

It’s interesting to note that back in 1963, David Kaye was already lamenting that no complete SD Freighters had been preserved. And it seems that he would have known, as he tells us that he had travelled to a Welsh farm, a holiday camp, a laundry and the lawn of a Hotel to view (we assume) various remains. There was, he adds, one remaining Freighter that had survived intact until 1961, but he was too late to save it. I think we can assume he’s only talking about Freighters used as passenger carrying vehicles here, as there were several Freighter dustcarts in various states of disrepair but still save-able right into the 1970s. Indeed, there are still a few awaiting preservation today. As the preservation of an early Freighter by…