Leylands for the Iraq Pipe Line
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SEVERAL references have appeared
recently in this paper to vehicles, tractors and trailers ordered by the Iraq Petroleum Co., Ltd., for transport work io connection with the laying of a pipe across the Syrian Desert. Leyland Motors, Ltd., Leyland, is sending out several lorries, the first consignment comprising a number of Beaver TC4type machines.
Few alterations from the standard specification have been found necessary tu equip these four-cylindered fourspeed chassis for use in the Near East. Such extras as additional petrol and oil tanks, 30-gallon water tanks, etc., are incorporated, and the chassis have specially large tyres of 9.75-in. section. Thus equipped, it is expected that they will be able to run from one end of the pipe line to the other without taking on fuel, lubricant or water.
An auxiliary gearbox—a standard Leyland fitment—has been specified so as to provide eight forward speeds with an extremely low bottom gear. Particular interest attaches to the bodywork chosen. Some of the vehicles, for general haulage, have all-steel bodies made in the form of fiat platforms with hinged sides, covering being afforded by canvas sheets supported on steel bows.
The other vehicles are for the conveyance of fuel supplies for the lorry fleet, or water for human consumption. They have 1,000-gallon tanks, incorporating special arrangements with regard to galvanizing and draining to enable the tanks to be used for either petrol oi water without unnecessary delay in
cleaning out, etc. Special cabs for tropical service have been fitted.