PNEUMATIC TYRE ERA

 

A year or several ago, logistics meant simply picking it up and carrying it. Efficient and environment friendly, this worked well until loads grew bigger and distances longer, which began to wear out the wife, who became more and more dissenting in her thoughts.

The prospect of a revolting wife spurred the ever-innovative haulier into action and the wheel was invented. From there it was but a simple step to invent three more and fix them to a box, thus giving the wife something to push and lean against in times of fatigue.

Loads grew bigger and heavier, distances longer and before long horses, donkeys and oxen were used to pull carts in preference to a second wife to help push. For centuries this peaceful, sedate carriage of goods continued. Horses pulled carts, oxen wagons and the clock was still for the future.

Then an engine replaced the horse. Hesitantly at first, but increasingly the cart became, for a short while, a lurry then the lorry. Motor transport had arrived.

Loads grew heavier and heavier, journeys longer and time shorter. A hundred years of helter-skelter development followed and in the confusion, words like 'truck' and 'just in time' began to be heard. Goods began travelling at break-neck speed over huge distance, always 'just in time'.

Just in time for what? The start of the next long wait? The start of the journey back? The end of the world? More trucks to fall off the railway? Who knows, but that's for the future and this site is about roads and lorries not railways, so don't expect too many 'trucks'.

CONTENTS

Hooves v Wheels

Early Demountables

Scammell Scarab 4

Scammell 8x6 Gritter

Cross-Country Tanker

Scammell Contractor Tank Transporter

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