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Lighting Engineers to See Bedfords

29th August 1952, Page 35
29th August 1952
Page 35
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FOUR Bedford-Eagle tower wagons 1 will be exhibited at the forthcoming Harrogate conference of the Association of Public Lighting Engineers. Three of them will be mounted on the 3-ton long-wheelbase chassis and the fourth on a 4-ton long-wheelbase chassis.

The three-stag:: hydraulically operated tower, with a permanently fixed telescopic ladder, is similar on all four vehicles, the extended height of the tower is 5 ft. and the lowered height 13 ft. On the lowest-priced model, shown by courtesy of Walthamstow Borough Council and costing £1,116 complete, a bench and vice are fitted at the rear. On another 3-tonner, lent by Haslingden Borough Council and costing £1,236 complete, an enclosed allmetal workshop with bench and linesmen's seat is fitted.

A different type of workshop is mounted on the third 3-tonner. It is built of hardwood framing and steel sheeting and has a roller shutter on the near side. This vehicle, exhibited by courtesy of Stalybridge Borough Council. costs £1,240 complete.

The 4-ton model has a linesmen's fully enclosed cab. integral with the driver's cab, and is fitted with a workbench, lockers, a 20-gallon water tank and a sink. This model also has jib and winch equipment for lifting loads on to the platform. It is lent by Coventry Corporation and costs £1,692 complete.


COMMENTING in his annual report upon the company's " excellent " relations with Government Departments, Mr. W. F. Spurling„ managing director of Spurling Motor Bodies, Ltd., referred to the Coatbridge factory where Service vehicles were reconditioned for the Ministry of Supply.

"Up to the present time," he said, "we have acted as managers, and have received a nominal fee as remuneration, while the Ministry has reimbursed the whole of the outlay incurred in running the factory. This arrangement was made for our protection during the build-up period.

"It is now considered that production has reached a sufficiently high level to allow us to enter into a new contract, appointing us as contractors on our own account. As such, we should be able to earn a fair commercial profit on our work."

The new arrangement came into force almost at once. The company's claims on the Ministry for reimbursement for the past financial year exceeded £120,000, almost entirely excluding the value of materials used.


A SECOND order for seven Helecs battery-electric vehicles has been received by Hindle, Smart and Co., Ltd, from its Canadian agent, A. Cross and Co., Ltd., Toronto.

The vehicles ordered are Tough Ten and Intruder models and will be sent to Canada in chassis form. Bodies will be built locally. The vehicles are intended mainly for delivering bread.

A Helees Tough Ten bakery van is on show at the Canadian National Exhibition at Toronto, which opened last Friday.


THE 'next instructional course for welding engineers, supervisors, inspectors and foremen to be held by the Quasi-Arc Co., Ltd., Bilston, Staffs, will start on October 27 and will occupy three ' weeks.

About half the course is allotted to technical and theoretical work and half to practical welding. Applications for enrolment should be sent to the company either at the Bilston address or at

THE committees of the five Omnibus

HE Protection Associations have set up a central committee comprising their chairmen, with an office at 29, Buckingham Street, London, W.C.2.

In notifying the Minister of Transport of the creation of this body, the chairman, Aid. W. G. Green Armour, states that occasions might arise when the committee's local knowledge and experience might be of assistance, or the committee might think it desirable to make representations on behalf of the local Associations.

Mr. Ralph Erskine Hill is secretary of the central committee..


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