|WEB NEWS 11|
In this issue of WHOTT Web News we take a brief look at the fish merchants - Suttons, the retiming of Royal Blue routes and the regular Pangs of Nostalgia.
the Catch - In this newsletter we look at the Wholesale fish
merchants Suttons (Cornwall) Ltd. Suttons used various vehicles
including AEC, Bedford, Karrier, Foden and Albion lorries. In the
1960 a bold decision was made to revolutionise the method of
transporting fish to Billingsgate and other more distant markets.
The newly developed idea of a refrigerated container affixed to the
flat platform four-axle lorry was chosen. For this eight AEC
'Mammoth Major' Mark V were purchased. Suttons were proud to boast
of both Suttons and AEC that their vehicles ensured delivery of the
fish within 24 hours of arrival at Newlyn Harbour. Want to read the
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For local deliveries in West Cornwall in latter years, Suttons used Karrier 'Bantam' lorries, also maintained in immaculate condition.
Retiming of Royal Blue Routes in 1962 - After much lobbying by
Goods and Passenger vehicle operators, in 1962 the government of the
day increased the maximum speed for goods and passenger vehicles
from 30mph to 40mph. The increase had significant impact on the
timetables operated by companies running express and limited stop
services. Colin Morris (Friend 61) took part in the retiming of many
routes and travelled some 8,000 miles in four months on the Royal
Blue network between London and Penzance and Southampton to
Liverpool. Colin explains the method used to retime the routes. The
full story and revised timetable can be found in the current copy of
LS 1299 (OTT 98) negotiates a tight turn in Milverton on the WHOTT Royal Blue Run 14th September 2002.
of Nostalgia as Bert Looks Back -
In newsletter 11, Bert looks at Western National's unusual
replacement for the light weight SU and medium weight MW, as these
vehicles were being replaced by the Bristol RE. Western National
consider both Ford and Bedford vehicles as a replacement, selecting
the Bedford VAM with a ECW body. The body was based on a modified MW
bus body. Thirteen of these vehicles were purchased and once fitted
with their ECW bodies went into service in 1967. They were allocated
to Dartmouth, Plymouth, Newquay and Truro. Bert follows the vehicles
through until they were withdrawn in the mid 1980.
WNOC 709 (KDV 139F) on route 623 to St. Mawgan.
Life on Route 42/47
Anniversaries of Man and Road Machine
The Future (events and activities for Trust friends)
A rare view of a vehicle actually on Route 47. Devon General AEC SR955 (955 HTT) at Exeter Bus Station in August 1966.
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