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  WEB NEWS 15  

In this issue of WHOTT Web News we take a brief look at the vehicles used for the transportation of local goods, Drive-a-Bus Day and Pangs of Nostaliga.

  Pangs of Nostalgia ... as Bert looks back - In this issue Bert looks at the skills of the employees and the expansion of the company William Mumford Limited, which was established as a motor and carriage building works at Glanville Street in Plymouth in 1900. Turnover in the first year was £500. Four years later, and now expanded to new premises at Ebrington Street, the turnover had leapt to £2500!  By 1913 further expansion was necessary and Mumford's orchard in Salisbury Road was used on which to build an up-to-date garage and showroom. In March 1923 a week-long motor show was staged there, demonstrating the vast range of makes and models Mumford could supply both to the private and commercial customer. Among the commercial chassis advertised were Leyland, Durant, SPA, G&J, REO, Daimler and Overland, but Mumford grew to become the recognised dealership for a host of other makes too. Want to read the full story, then become a member and receive our quarterly newsletters

Main entrance to the Billacombe factory circa 1934 with about fifty employees, most wearing flat caps, about to leave work. This site is now occupied by Fairway Furniture.


General view of joinery bay where wooden patterns and body sections were pre-assembled. Seat frames, roof sections and door frames can be seen. The date is c.1931 and a new Leyland Lion LT chassis can be seen in the centre carrying a wooden crate.
  Forwarding the Load - Richard Wills (friend 217), reflects on the time he spend hauling goods, working out of Temple Meads and other Bristol rail freight forwarding depots. The yard was home to a variety of vehicle types including the Thornycroft Nippy 3-ton van, with Swindon safety cab with a sliding door; also some Austin 3-ton vans, articulated tractor units of various types, Scammell 3 and 6-ton Scarab mechanical horses, Karrier Bantam, Bedford OSS, Austin Series 3, plus several older 3 and 6 ton Scammell MH (Mechanical Horse) units used for yard shifting duties. The full story can be found in the current copy of WHOTT News.  
It was in the 1920s & 1930 that the Railway companies began a programme to replace horses with small lorries for the local deliveries of goods from the nearest stations. This photo shows a Scammell 3-ton Mechanical Horse. Three Scammell Scarabs 34675-7 (885-7 ELK) and an unknown Karrier taken at Exeter St Davids in March 1967.

Drive a Bus Day - Friends of WHOTT turned up at Westpoint on 9th May to sample the controls of five different types of bus from a Ford Transit to a Bristol LDL, a Bristol VRT, a Leyland National and an Albion Nimbus. Colin & Vi Morris have recorded what happen during the day. Colin has produced some very fine colour A4 landscape photographs of the vehicles taking part, and another of the delegates standing in front of the vehicles (see right). If you would like a copy of any of these, they can be ordered through WHOTT at £5 each, plus 50p for P&P. For every copy ordered, Colin has kindly offered to donate £1 to WHOTT. For further pictures of the event click here. To order you print please contact Colin Morris on 01202 732986 or email him at morris@vic-col.freeserve.co.uk.


Devon County Show

Points of View

Western National 1221's First Year in Preservation

The Culture of the Royal Blue Driver

Archive update

Summer Holiday

The Future (events and activities for Trust friends)

A recent photograph of WN 1121 together with Tim Robbins' ex-Plymouth all-Leyland PD2 No. 397 taken at John Barley's 'base' in West Sussex.


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