for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Electric Supply Company Ltd for use on the North
East England Electricity Scheme, which standardised electrical frequency
in the North East of England. Two cross-country rigid 6-wheelers from
Scammell Lorries with demountable bodies were purchased in 1929.
to the remoteness of some of the localities, the Pioneer 6x4 chassis
was used, albeit with the 'coffee-pot' radiator and coachwork replaced
with civilian styling.
small wooden-sided truck bodies were built for each chassis. Small wheels
served to locate them to the chassis rails and to allow them to be rolled
on and off the lorry. A winch was fitted behind the cab to drag the
amounts of materials and electrical components could be loaded into
each truck, enabling three remote sites to be serviced with one journey.
Loaded trucks were delivered in the morning and collected later, with
any surplus or spoil returned to depot.
By leaving the trucks on site, the lorry could service more sites instead of staying on site for the entire day. Most of the remote sites only required small amounts of material and had no unloading facilities, making the little trucks ideal.
Abridged from my article in Vintage Roadscene, Vol 16, 62 - March-May, 2000.