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Heritage Commercials - April 2004

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Overseas preservation is the topic for discussion this month.

Trident Tested
Alan Barnes went along to Hurstpierpoint in rural Sussex to photograph and find out more about Vic Harvey’s superbly restored Thornycroft Trident.

The Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland gets a Heritage Lottery Grant, AEC Mammoth Major is star of Jet 50th Anniversary and there’s a report on vintage buses running in Winchester.

Geared Up for War
The Government liked to keep things secret during the War, but David Haywood reveals what was happening behind closed doors at two factories operated by the LEP Transport & Depository Ltd, in Chiswick and Goole.

Moving the Millions
Max Hayles, a resident of Western Australia, introduces some forthcoming articles he is preparing charting the development of public transport in the Perth and Fremantle areas, which had quite a British influence.

Competition Page
Your chance to win £1,000-worth of professional pressure washer.

Pennine Performance Seddon developed the RU bus, a vehicle ahead of its time, as Alan Earnshaw explains, but the merger with Atkinson brought a premature halt to development.

Ask the Experts
The subject of mobile libraries comes under the ‘expert’s’ microscope this month.

A Little Tender Loving Care
Josephine Roberts wonders what happens to fire engines when they retire . . . and then finds out when she hitches a lift off one in North Wales.

Major Rebuild Makes its Debut
Keith Langston brings exclusive pictures of a rare AEC Mammoth Major that has just been returned to the road after a thorough restoration in Carmarthenshire, West Wales.

When a New Era Dawned
Firemaster looks back to 30 years ago when local goverment reorganisations throughout the country resulted in major changes to our fire service too.

Events Guide: Part 2
The second instalment in our guide to this year ís events that have interest for commercial vehicle enthusiasts.

No Seats on Top
Neither bus nor lorry, these strange ‘freaks’ of the commercial vehicle world are discussed by Martin Ingle - a real enthusiast of these lorries on bus chassis.

Readers’ Letters A bumper crop this month with a real mixture of subjects.

Flavel Postscript
You know how it is when you lose something and it turns up when it’s too late. This happened to Chris Woodcock following his two-part article about Flavels of Leamington Spa last year, but the photographs he later found are too good to ignore.

Grand Old Lady of the Road
An HGV engineer by trade, Bob Smith describes his thorough restoration of an old Foden FG which at one stage looked destined to carry an old fairground organ around following conversion by an earlier owner.

Goin Upin Smoke
Another black and white from our archive gets the ‘Tailgate’ treatment.