A SPECIALIST IN HEAVY TRANSPORT WORK.
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Brief Details of the Activities of an Established Liverpool Concern.
It is for this and other reasons that the
heavy-duty road vehicle has come to. be regarded as an essential mediumin cOuneetion with the conveyance of such eqUipment as huge steam boilers, heaVy castings and forgiugs, cranes and electrical transformers, which often require specialized knowledge and unusual apparatus.iu order that they can be transported safely and efficiently. A Company which has given special attention to the transport of awkward loads is Marstons Road Services, Ltd., of Liverpool, with which is associated B. Box, Ltd., which for many years has contracted for the haulage of particularly heavy weights by t,raction engines. Marstons Road Services, Ltd., claims to be the largest long-, distance general transport contractor in the Country. The company • operates nightly express services between Liverptiol, Birmingham, London, Leeds and Manchester, in addition to operating what it calls " roamer " . vehicles to and from outside districts. The fleet consists,, in the main', of six-wheeled and eight-wheeled Scammell vehicles, designed to carry 12 tons and 15 tons respectively, but in addition the company also operates a number of Associated Daimler forward-control-type lorries. Its Scammell fleet actually consists of 23 vehicles, and it has lately purchased additional rolling stock for use in the heavy section of its business so as to enable individual weights up to 100 tons to be successfully hauled by road locomotive. A recent parade served to give a very good indication of the splendid mechanical condition in which the vehicles are maintained. Apart from its own fleet, the company employs the services of a number of sub-contractors, and their vehicles are chiefly used for the transport of machinery, sugar, oil, timber, wet and dry fruit, metal and manufactured goods. Marstons Road Services, Ltd., has its maintenance shop at Warrington, whilst the bodywork repairs and painting sections are controlled from a depot at Bootle. The company has offices in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Warrington.
The comprehensive scope of the company's activities will be judged from the fact that its vehicles on only longdistance work deal with over 15,000 tons per month. The organization behind the operation of the fleet is well systematized and, from a tyre order form which we have had an opportunity for perusing, we note that records are kept of the whole of the equipment of this kind used on every vehicle in the fleet. In tbis and other ways are efficiency and economy secured.