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mickw
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121 of 135  Sun 30th Aug 2015 6:36pm  
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On 4th Jan 2015 1:41pm, Two Stroke said:
On 18th Sep 2014 1:12pm, stevie g said: Think Ellis Greaves ended up in Siskin Drive before disappearing
Ellis Greaves ended up in Princethorpe, they were never in Siskin Drive
V J Pike transport were in Siskin Drive we used to do the maintenance on the buildings in the early 70s Johnny Reason (ex Speedway rider) was the transport manager at the time.
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Two Stroke
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122 of 135  Mon 31st Aug 2015 8:04pm  
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VJ Pike I remember well, Mousley Trucking from Siskin drive I worked for, Anyone remember H&H from Kenilworth, became BRS after nationalisation my Dad drove for them. Brady's transport, Swiftways, Masterways car Delivery, Canley Car Delivery.

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pixrobin
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123 of 135  Mon 31st Aug 2015 8:20pm  
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Does anyone remember a Wal Stevens - my Dad worked for him around the end of WWII. Did deliveries to prisoner of war camps.
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dutchman
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124 of 135  Mon 31st Aug 2015 8:53pm  
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On 31st Aug 2015 8:04pm, Two Stroke said: VJ Pike I remember well, Mousley Trucking from Siskin drive I worked for, Anyone remember H&H from Kenilworth, became BRS after nationalisation my Dad drove for them. Brady's transport, Swiftways, Masterways car Delivery, Canley Car Delivery.
You forgot Progressive Deliveries with their distinctive Sky Blue livery. Smile One of their lorries famously had no starter so the driver always had to park it on a hill. Another was a triple-decker used for the Glasgow run.
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Arthur
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125 of 135  Wed 2nd Sep 2015 12:43pm  
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My wife worked for Tommy Venn, back in 1962/3. Tommy could always be found in the Barras Heath hotel where he liked his pint. Do you remember Pointers, they were hauliers/removal company from Cook St. they also took in theatricals from the Hippodrome. I know they eventually moved to Tile Hill lane.

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Midland Red
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126 of 135  Wed 2nd Sep 2015 12:57pm  
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Pointers! Yes, we had them for a house move in the 70s
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dave owens
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127 of 135  Wed 2nd Sep 2015 8:23pm  
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On 31st Aug 2015 8:53pm, dutchman said:
On 31st Aug 2015 8:04pm, Two Stroke said: VJ Pike I remember well, Mousley Trucking from Siskin drive I worked for, Anyone remember H&H from Kenilworth, became BRS after nationalisation my Dad drove for them. Brady's transport, Swiftways, Masterways car Delivery, Canley Car Delivery.
You forgot Progressive Deliveries with their distinctive Sky Blue livery. Smile One of their lorries famously had no starter so the driver always had to park it on a hill. Another was a triple-decker used for the Glasgow run.
My stepdad Gerald Owens drove for all the above company's between mid 50s-80s plus all the coach company's previously mentioned. The triple decker was one of his routes at one time. He was also one of the first drivers to drive loads to Europe.
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covkid
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128 of 135  Wed 2nd Sep 2015 9:59pm  
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Hi Dave, here's a photo of the TriDeck you mention
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dutchman
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129 of 135  Wed 2nd Sep 2015 10:34pm  
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Thanks both Thumbs up I was beginning to think I might have imagined the triple-decker or that it belonged to a different company.
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David H
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130 of 135  Thu 3rd Sep 2015 3:54pm  
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Looking at the picture of the TriDeck transporter, I was intrigued by the description of the tractor unit's engine as a three-cylinder two-stroke. On further investigation this turned out be a very unusual design having two pistons per horizontal cylinder, working in opposition, but turning a single crankshaft. The engine was a two-stroke diesel unit, designed to be low enough to fit under the driver's cab, thus allowing a very early "cab forward" configuration.
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Potters Green Lad
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131 of 135  Thu 3rd Sep 2015 5:48pm  
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The engine was a Commer TS3 (Two-stroke, three cylinder) model and was also used extensively by Carrington fuels in Exhall. The engine was fitted with a Rootes blower (Supercharger) which gave off a screeching noise when the rotors got worn and clashed together. The engine was a pig to work on because it sat low in the frame and much of the work had to be done by lying on the cab seats and reaching down through floor plates to carry out maintenance. A while ago Coventry Motor museum had one on display in a glass case, its a little bit of a shock when you see the things you worked on in your youth in a glass case in a museum.
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David H
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132 of 135  Thu 3rd Sep 2015 9:37pm  
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I well-remember the Charringtons oil depot on Blackhorse Road, Exhall in the sixties which was near to where I lived. I also remember the steady stream of road tankers up and down the nearby main Coventry road. I have to admit I don't remember the specific tractor units, or the noise, but the mention of a screaming supercharger reminds me of the occasion a few years ago when I saw a 1930's supercharged Mercedes being driven hard up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. What a wailer that was! Incidentally I think that the Charringtons Fuel Oils depot stood on the site of an earlier WWII American military depot, which would probably have used and developed the existing rail link in bringing in men and materiel. I remember some of the buildings near the oil depot's entrance which I think were of 1940's vintage, and even today the old Methodist Church building close by looks to have been built at the same time and could perhaps have been part of the military depot.
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Potters Green Lad
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133 of 135  Fri 4th Sep 2015 11:29am  
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I was originally born in Burton on Trent and as a kid seem to remember catching a train home to Burton from the station at Exhall from where it carried on to Bedworth then on to Burton, do you remember a station at Exhall or am I imagining that?
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Midland Red
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134 of 135  Fri 4th Sep 2015 11:37am  
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Does this ring any bells? Smile
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Potters Green Lad
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135 of 135  Fri 4th Sep 2015 12:14pm  
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In a way Midland Red, I'm only 61 so the Exhall station was closed before I was born but on your enclosed site it lists Hawkesbury Lane Station which closed in 1965 so I think I may have been confused earlier and this must be the station I went to Burton from, thanks for your help.
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