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AEC Lorries
Bill Reid
AEC Lorries explores the story of lorry
use in the last fifty years, showing
the diverse use of the vehicles and
their configurations for many different
types of work, with a focus on one of
the great British manufacturers – AEC.
AEC lorries have always been held in
high esteem at home and abroad because
of their powerful engines and relative
simplicity. They were to be found in
many large and small fleets, capable of
any type of work.

A large proportion of AEC production
was exported, particularly to British
Commonwealth countries, where they
endured hostile climates, severe
overloading, and abuse on poor roads;
nevertheless, they remained as good
working equipment. It has been said by
many in the transport sector that if
AEC engines had been developed, rather
than other types within the British
Leyland range, AEC vehicles would have
become a range of lorries and buses
that were second to none.

Lorries are now the lifeblood of the
nation and, without them, our lives
would be much less rich. Railways have
always been of great interest, but road
transport, in its many forms and
diverse liveries, has become an object
of enthusiastic interest. This book
looks to explore one of the most iconic
and recognisable brands of British
roads, using 180 rare and unpublished
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British Tractors A History of Tractors Made or Used in Britain
Benjamin Phillips
The story of British tractors has its
beginnings a century ago and continues
to the present day. Many of these
tractors were developed by British
companies, a significant number of
which grew to become major
manufacturers in later years. The
demand for home food production
through two World Wars also gave a
boost to American manufacturers and
many of the best known tractor model
names in Britain were originally
American; some were imported but large
numbers also came to be built in
Britain. In recent years the number of
British-based manufacturers has
dwindled, although New Holland
produces tractors for the world market
from its base in Basildon, and
competition now comes from around the

This book is a survey of all the most
significant tractor types to be built
or operated in Britain from the early
years of the 20th century to the
present day. It is arranged by
manufacturer, with a short history and
survey of the tractor manufacturer and
its models. The book is heavily
illustrated throughout with examples
of significant tractor models through
the ages.

Some of these tractor names still
survive today in the form of the many
thousands of historical vehicles that
are preserved and can be seen at shows
- often in action or in agricultural

Although written by an expert, this is
a highly accessible and affordable
title which will appeal to both
enthusiasts and those...
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Massey Ferguson Tractors
Johathan Whitlam
Massey Ferguson Tractors takes up the
story of Massey Ferguson tractors from
1957, after the merger of Massey-Harris
and Ferguson, when the red-and-grey
colour scheme was used for the first
time. The author describes the early
models that were to establish Massey
Ferguson’s reputation for rugged
reliability and adaptability: the 35
and 65 models of the 1960s led to the
larger 1100, 1085 and 1155 models,
while, in the 1970s and 1980s, greater
demands for comfort saw the arrival of
the 500 and 600 series. Overall, the
range performs all tasks, from the
basic and popular to what is needed by
the tractor powerhouses of modern
industrial farming. Moreover, with all
the latest developments included,
Massey Ferguson Tractors brings the
reader completely up to date, as well
as offering a look at what the future
might bring.

With a wide range of modern photography
covering both preserved and working
examples, this is a fresh and
comprehensive view of the one of the
agricultural world’s most popular
manufacturers of tractors, considering
the tractors in relation to the time in
which they were built as well as by the
standards of today.
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David Brown Tractors
Jonathan Whitlam
This book covers the whole history of
David Brown tractors from 1939 to the
closure of the company in 1988. It
describes the models developed at the
factory in Huddersfield, Yorkshire and
how they evolved over time. It also
covers the many innovative features that
were pioneered by David Brown, including
hydraulic systems and transmissions.
From the early Type A tractor developed
with Harry Ferguson, through the
independently developed David Brown
models, including the Cropmaster, the
900 Series and the Selectamatic range of
1965, through the 90 and 94 Series and
also touching on other David Brown
inspired machinery, this book covers
every aspect of David BRown tractor

It also includes discussion of the
mergers with the US Case company and
International Harvester before the
ultimate demise of David Brown in the
face of a worldwide slump, this book is
a concise but complete account of what
was a leading British tractor

Softback, 96 pages, 147 full colour
photographs, £14.99 plus postage and
Please order below according to the
country you wish the book to be sent to
as postage and packing costs vary
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John Deere Tractors
Jonathan Whitlam
John Deere is one of the world’s
leading tractor companies and this
fascinating book brings together the
full account of production in both the
United States and in Europe. Using
modern photography and a largely
chronological account of tractor
development, the author provides an
excellent overview of the evolution of
John Deere tractors over the decades.

Starting with the early two-cylinder
tractors developed in the USA and
moving through the creation of multi-
cylinder engines after the takeover of
the Lanz business in Germany, the book
covers the 40 and 50 series of the
late 1980s and the innovations in the
1990s when John Deere effectively re-
invented the tractor with their full-
frame designs.

Bringing the reader right up to date
with the latest designs that bristle
with technological sophistication and
covering the evolution of John Deere
tractor development, this book will be
an essential read for both John Deere
enthusiasts and all those interested
in the history of tractors, old and
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Volvo Lorries
Bill Reid
Car production at Volvo began in 1926
in Stockholm with a prototype. By 1927
small goods vehicles based on the car
designs were in production at
Gothenburg, and heavier three-tonners
were being produced by 1928.

Already known for their robust cars,
Volvo lorries first came to British
roads in 1967 after Jim McKelvie, a
former road haulier, saw the need for
better trucks than UK manufacturers
were producing at the time, and
imported the Volvo F86 model as a
30/32 ton artic unit. The lorry was
light, had a high power-to-weight
ratio and provided incomparable
comfort for the driver. It took the UK
market by storm.

This early import was the forerunner
of later Volvo trucks across the
entire range, with various models of
bus chassis also being introduced to
the UK markets. Volvo production has
gone forward in leaps and bounds,
today being a major player on the
world stage.

Though a relative newcomer to the UK
scene, Volvos have gained a very large
following. Lavishly illustrated with
rare and unpublished photographs,
Volvo Lorries traces their history in
Britain from the early F86 imports of
the 1960s to the FH16 750 bhp fleet
flagships seen on the roads today.
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Road Haulage Archive Body Language
Vintage Roadscene
RHA Body Language

Commercial Vehicle Bodies from
Dropsiders to Pantechnicons

A pictorial survey of Commercial
bodywork from the 1920s to the 1970s
featuring many previously unpublished
photos from the archives.
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Fairground Focus No 3 Transport Through the Lens
Malcolm Slater
Following the same format as his
previous two titles the author
continues his look at fairground
transport. Chapters include towing
vehicles, four wheel vehicles, six
wheel vehicles, eight wheel vehicles,
articulated vehicles, ex-military and
buses. Lavishly illustrated with
images from the 1930s and includes for
the first time some of the more modern
vehicles used by showmen in the 20th

Photographs on every page all in Black
and White.
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RHA "Loaded!" Classic Lorries & Their Loads
Kelsey Publishing
Issue 19 in the Road Haulage Archive
Series is a pictorial review of
Commercial Vehicles operating in Britain
from the 1930s to the 1970s. Featuring
many previously unpublished archive
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New Holland Tractors
Jonathan Whitlam
This book tells the full story of one of
the newest and most successful tractor
manufacturers, which has roots in the
classic Ford and Fiat brands of years
gone by.

From 1991, when Fiat acquired Ford New
Holland, the New Holland brand tractors
have been at the forefront of the latest
tractor designs. The technical
sophistication in medium to high
horsepower tractors has changed beyond
all recognition. The book covers early
models such as the 40, 70 and 80 series,
as well as current models such as the T4
to T9 models, to provide full coverage
of the cutting edge of tractor

The author examines the latest
generation of tractors, from small
speciality tractors to giants of nearly
700hp, and also looks at the future,
including the development of tractors
powered by alternative fuels such as

As New Holland tractors continue to go
from strength to strength, this book is
a timely expert guide to one of the
world’s foremost tractor brands
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25 Years of The Ayrshire Road Run
Bill Reid
The Ayrshire Road Run was instigated in
1993 as an adjunct to the established
annual vintage rally organised by the
Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery
Club (AVT&MC). The idea was to promote
the rally by running entered commercial
vehicles around the major towns in
Ayrshire. Over the following years the
Road Run attracted more and more vintage
vehicles, from small vans and double-
decker buses to full-sized articulated

The event has continued to grow,
attracting more than a hundred vehicles
each year. Here, organiser Bill Reid
celebrates twenty-five years of the run
with a superb collection of photographs
documenting the various participants
from over the years.
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Combines around the World, Two centuries of history, engineering & passion
A.Benedetti, A Kuhnstetter, P. G. Laverda
This superb book is one of the most
detailed and well researched books ever
produced about the history and
development of the combine harvester.
Produced after years of long and
painstaking research by three most
knowledgable agriucltural historians and
journalists. The 365 pages contain a
wealth of information technical data and
wonderful images.

With an in-depth presentation of over a
hundred manufacturers from all across
the globe who have played a part in the
history of agricultural mechanization,
the book reconstructs the machine's
technical journey and the varying and
often little-known fortunes of the
various companies. Comparisons are made
between different types of harvesting
requirments throughout the world and
between various origninal and often
suprising technical and design concepts,
destined to rise to success or fade into

This fantastic book will be a valuable
addtion to any agricultural machinery,
engineering or combine enthusiast's
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The Combine Harvester
Jonathan Whitlam
This book tells the complete story of
one of the most significant
agricultural inventions of all time –
the combine harvester. Starting with
the early straw walkers and rotary
models, author Jonathan Whitlam charts
the chronological evolution of these
complex machines which soon became
indispensable to the cereal farmer.
The author shows how the combine
developed into the huge modern
machine, capable of processing
hundreds of acres of wheat in a day.

The story of the combine harvester is
meshed with the cereal harvest,
starting with the first mechanisation
of the harvest with the sail reaper,
moving through to the binder and then
the threshing drum. The book describes
the early arrival of the combine
harvester in the shape of the reaper-
thresher in the USA and then smaller,
more compact trailed versions that
were also used in Europe. The self-
propelled combine arrived in the
1940s, which is when the idea really
began to take off.

The book looks at the various
different makes of combine harvester
such as those produced by Case, New
Holland, International Harvester, John
Deere and Massey Ferguson and
discusses what the future holds for
the combine harvester, including
advanced designs and driverless

Accompanied by a wide variety of new
colour photographs, this book will
appeal to farm machinery enthusiasts
and those interested in the
development of modern industrial
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William Davies - Stoke on Trent
Kevin Scrivens & Stephen Smith
A really interesting fairground book
with lots of research into the Davies
Family history including the Family
Tree. Well illustrated with colour
black and white photographs of various
fairground rides such as the
Mountain Ponies, Racing Motors, Steam
Yachts, American Jazzina Cake Walk,
Dolphin Cars, Wallis Steam Tractor

A must read for any fairground
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Vintage Roadscene Archive 'On the Buses' Volume 1
Vintage Roadscene
Memories of bus operators and their
vehicles around Britain from the 1930s
to the 1950s.

Municipals, Big Company Operators,
Independents, Coach Rally, Motor Show,
On Test.
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Road Haulage Archive - Here's One We Sold Earlier
Vintage Roadscene
Dealers' Sales Aid Pictures of
Customers' Lorries

Parrs of Leicester and Ford & Slater
of Leicester and Grimsby, ERF, Dodge,
Thornycroft, Bedford,Leyland and

ISBN 9781912151097
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The BRS Reference Book
BRS expert John Mollett has compiled
this unique reference work detailing
the history of the UK’s nationalised
haulage industry, British Road
Services, from its inception in 1948
up to privatisation and its eventual
acquisition by DHL in 2005. 'The BRS
Reference Book' is essential reading
for any transport enthusiast or
historian as it provides the most
detailed account yet of fleet
numbering and organizational
structures, making it an invaluable
source of information. The BRS
Reference Book
Number Of Pages: 238
Publisher: Huge Jam
Author: John Mollett
Publication Year: 2018-03-13
ISBN-10: 1911249258
EAN: 9781911249252
Size: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
RRP: None
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Title/Series: The BRS Reference Book
Format & Map Type: Paperback Book
Year: 2018
Product Group: Book
Subject: Transport
Subject 2: Reference
Subject 3:
Format: Paperback
Brand: Huge Jam
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Tractor Legends
Jonathan Whitlam
This book covers the tractor models
that have stood out, from the early
twentieth century to the present day,
either because of their innovative
design and engineering features or
because they set new standards in
reliability and popularity.

Beginning with the background to the
development of the first tractor,
Jonathan Whitlam takes us on a
fascinating journey through a variety
of tractor types, both large and
small, and their stand-out features.
This includes the Fordson F, the first
mass produced tractor which set the
pattern for future tractor design; the
Field Marshall, which introduced
diesel engines for tractors; the
Ferguson TE20 with its novel three-
point linkage; the Massey Ferguson 35
and later 135, which stand out for
sheer popularity; and the John Deere
3640, with its powerful six-cylinder
engine and advanced cab. The book also
describes the computerised systems
featured in many of the latest

Accompanied by superb colour
photography of all the tractors, this
book has something for every tractor
and agricultural machinery enthusiast.
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British Tipper Lorries
Tipper lorries have been part and
parcel of road transport since the
beginnings of the age of motor
vehicles. In fact their roots are in
horse-drawn carts, which were built to
tip by balance and gravity. For many
years, and probably still today, the
tipper lorry was seen as a dirty,
well-worn, poorly maintained and
overloaded example of road haulage,
not particularly beloved by the
general public.

As they are used in all forms from
lightweight four-wheelers to maximum
capacity artics, carrying almost any
commodity that could be loaded in
bulk, tipper lorries could be said to
be the backbone of British industrial
requirements. All makes of lorries
have been used as tippers, with no
exceptions, providing a great variety
for the road transport enthusiast.
Many endure short, hard-worked lives,
while others soldier on to greater
longevity, perhaps engaged in long-
distance work. As time has passed,
lorries have been allowed to carry
more weight and become larger and, as
a consequence, more powerful. For the
transport enthusiast this brought an
even bigger variety of types, up to 44
tonnes gross weight, which Bill Reid,
with nearly 200 unpublished images,
shows in this fascinating book.
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West Country Trucks Cornwall
David Lee
David Lee’s homage to Cornwall’s road haulage industry past & present features over 500 colour photographs of the vehicles of more than 100 of the county’s hauliers – from owner/drivers to large undertakings – operating over the past 35-40 years from the 1970s to today. As well as famous names of the past – including ECC’s Heavy Transport & Western Express Haulage, Suttons Fish, Stevensons, Richards & Osborne, N J Grose, Sid Knowles, Trendale, Bugle Transport and many others plus marques now long gone such as Foden, ERF, Leyland, Seddon Atkinson (a much favoured marque in the county) – the book also features many images of today’s operators – both large and small – and their vehicles that support the county’s current day commerce be it agriculture & livestock movement, aggregate industries, readymix and block operations or general and heavy haulage. All the photographs – presented in four sections: West, Mid, North and East Cornwall – are supported by informative captioning. This limited edition book featuring 240 pages, 500+ colour photographs.
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