Scriv

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  1. 2 hours ago, denshaw said:

    Hi Steve, I did some agency work for H &S mid seventies, bathroom supplies to West Midlands. Not much fun delivering a cast iron bath on your own, it took four of us to lift it.

     

    The trick is to put it on your back and walk along like a turtle, whilst bent double. Takes a bit of practice to get the balance right though; I learned that one at Randalls. You need someone to guide you too cos you can't see owt but yer feet!

     

    Can't imagine anyone letting you do that nowadays!

  2. 3 hours ago, Brew said:

    Those boards were called 'greedy boards'. My drivers used to pinch a barrow full of coke for home then spray the load with water to make up the weight. Dozy boggers thought I didn't know...  They soon found out when they saw their wages docked if they took it too far.

     

     

    My old man worked for Hoveringham Gravels; when they were building the M62 the lorries used to run ballast up there and backload coal for Staythorpe, so they had greedy boards fitted. If the drivers were too late back they couldn't tip at the power station so they'd park up in Hoveringham yard and go back in the morning.

     

    Dad got wind of this and decided a bit of free coal might be just the thing. One evening he "stayed on to finish a job" and once the coast was clear, bagged up some of the slack and took it home. No big lumps of course because it was blown in at the power station; however what he didn't know was that because it was high sulphur coal it was adulterated with slate or some other muck to slow the burn down, so when he banked our stove up that night it set in a crust and it took him ages to  dig it out!

  3. On 5/5/2019 at 11:58 AM, philmayfield said:

    An old farmer friend, Peter Woodward, was an avid, lifelong County fan. He even once drove his tractor down to Meadow Lane to clear the snow of the pitch for an evening match back in the days of Big Sam. He used to keep the team and staff supplied with pork and beef. Sam probably ate it raw! He didn’t like Brazil though - he lived on a chicken and fish diet! All the team turned up to the village church for his funeral a few years ago.

     

    I knew Pete  well, as you know he was a regular for Thurgarton Cricket Club. Great character and a tragic loss to the community.

     

  4. 11 hours ago, IAN123. said:

    Cheers Scriv...never forgot Mayday Agency!

     

     

    Kevin was a bit of a lad wasn't he? Mind you, the pay rates might have been rubbish but they were always better than Staffline, and Mayday always kept me in work.

     

    Used to do a lot for BRS,  Carrington Street , Langley Mill and even Melton Mowbray; Randalls, Fords, Parceline, Clearway and a load of others.

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  5. 20 hours ago, Waddo said:

    I don't think many new lorry drivers know how to tie there shoe laces never mind sheet and rope a load. My father in law, took pride in his skills of securing his load. He also taught three of his sons to do the same. But like has been said, curtain siders and the likes have taken over. Strange though, i see a lot more ratchet straps lying on the roads than I ever did with sheets and ropes, and curtain siders with loads bulging out of one side. Still i suppose that's progress for you!!

     

    Some of you will probably not be aware that roping and sheeting has effectively been outlawed by DVSA. The excuse being that ropes cannot be load tested and are therefore unsuitable as a method of restraint.

    I agree about the roads being littered with ratchet straps; and as a motorcyclist I'm also seriously concerned about it.

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  6. On 2/3/2019 at 10:18 PM, IAN123. said:

    Didn't keep them spanking though like Stirlands..the boss must have been in the Army..gaffer came on the ashes when i was yard man at Island st.

    Starts tossing fag packets and wrappers out the shunters ERF!

    Jack Stirland was alleged to be fanatical about his lorries going out of the yard spotless.

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  7. On 6/12/2018 at 7:16 PM, swe62 said:

    I,ve always fancied a Harley 45  ,foot clutch hand changesounds like a bit of a challenge,there used to be a ladcalled mick who used to ride one around Beestoni in the late 60s

     

    Great bikes, i've had my current one ten years and had another from 1995 to 2000.

     

    Unfortunately the permitted file size on here won't let me post any of my pics.

     

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  8. On 10/18/2018 at 8:21 AM, Commo said:

    Rainbows used to offer a holiday luggage service to east coast destinations at least in the 50`s. We used to take our cases to their depot a day or so before our journey, but can't remember where that was, perhaps somewhere around Huntingdon St bus station, and the cases were then collected by us at their depot in Skeggy or Mablethorpe offices when we arrived the next day off the train.

     

    They were still doing a little bit of that in 1987 when I started working there. There were no depots at the resorts by then but we still took a few cases; growing car ownership and package holidays killed that job off.

     

    Rainbows of Southwell were one of the biggest carriers in the area; even in my day, after they became part of the Nightfreight group, there were daily runs to Norwich, Kings Lynn and Hull, and up t'other end we went as far as Glossop, and down to Hinckley. The fleet was predominantly Bedfords (they had a franchise for some years) though I was told by some of the older drivers (many of whom had gone there straight from school) that in earlier days they had Vulcans and other exotica. Their breakdown truck was a real beast; Bedford TM 6-wheeler with a Detroit diesel two-stroke in it. The original V6 blew up and turned into a V3; David Rainbow, who ran the garage, couldn't source a replacement so instead fitted a V8 which necessitated the bonnet being adapted to make it fit. The fitter who collected it from the local engineering firm reported that if you booted it in third it would pull a wheelie!

     

    As with many long-established family firms of that era, there were inevitably a few real characters.  They still employed drivers' mates for some of the runs, especially in Lincoln where there was a lot of barrowing to be done with all the small shops. The regular mate for this run, Dennis Johnson, was a notorious boozer and was once found by the transport manager (who lived on the same street) fast asleep sprawled across his front hedge on a bitterly cold morning, having stumbled back from the Reindeer blind drunk after closing time and failed to negotiate the front gate. If you went out with Dennis, you could guarantee he'd have you park up by Lincoln racecourse for dinner break, and he'd go off gathering mushrooms. Drunk or sober, though, he knew every shop and street in most of the towns and cities, and he was a real grafter too, though slightly lacking in the finer points of diplomacy!.

     

    The company still exists, managed by Andrew Rainbow today who was at the same school as me (Minster Grammar) though a couple of years senior. The yard, though, is now in Newark and the historic Burgage Green site in Southwell is now housing.

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  9. On 10/9/2018 at 5:08 PM, chalky57 said:

    Hi i have just come across this post i worked for bill kelly when he had a place on northgate with derek hayman bob rutter and mick roth.

     

     

    Knew 'em all Chalky, but they were at Langley Mill when I worked for Bill. Bob has passed on, but as far as I know Derek is still alive. Mick Roth was living with Johnny Knowles' ex, the red-headed girl; was her name Lynn?

  10. They had depots all over the UK.... did overnight parcel delivery long before  TNT and the like. They were bought out by United Carriers and closed down in the late 1980's.

     

    Found this video from the early 1960's;

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvd5Y_maKQc&feature=youtu.be

     

    The "cross-docking" system was still pretty much the same when i worked for Rainbows in the late 1980's. Barcodes and mechanisation swept that all away.

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  11. Weren't a bad little job that; used to do a lot of crates up to East Mids Airport for the exporters.

     

    Another one I remember well from my days at Mayday was Randalls, the plumbers' merchants on George Street. And Fords, just round the corner; once you got in with them and could remember where all the shops were, they'd always ask for you to come back. Only downside was the crap hours, never any overtime; but it was a doddle of a job.

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  12. The end result is that roads are now littered with broken ratchet straps, the hooks and tensioners of which are lethal to motorcycles.

     

    Everything now has to be secured to the loadbed; internal straps on curtainsider trailers are pretty much banned. VOSA, or DVSA as rhey're now called, are self-financing and much depends if you get pulled on how well you pass the attitude test.

     

    I got my first lessons at BRS Langley Mill about 1984; I was FLT driving there for Mayday.Liverpool trunk used to roll in 20 ton of John West tinned goods all stacked on pallets. Driver used to reload with Hammonds sauce and after I'd watched him sheet up in awe a few times he started letting me help him. That bloke was an absolute master, at the back of the trailer two fins went down to the corners inch-perfect and you could swear he'd ironed it.

     

    Trust me you'll be glad you don't drive HGV these days.As we both know there was no finer sight to an experienced driver than to stand back from roping and sheeting a load and seeing every fold, crease and dolly perfectly positioned. Horrible job on a cold wet day I admit but it certainly separated the drivers from the steering wheel attendants.

     

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  13. On 4/2/2018 at 9:39 PM, NewBasfordlad said:

    Lost art these days Ian I would take a bet not many of todays drivers could rope and sheet a load.

    They're not damn well allowed to!

     

    Some great genius a few years ago decreed that roping and sheeting was no longer suitable for securing flatbed loads because (you're not going to believe this) the ropes haven't been individually strength tested.

     

    Anyoner who's done it (I could but would not claim to have ever mastered the art) knows that if it's done properly, you can tip the damn lorry upside down and shake it and nowt will  move!

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