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23rd September 1915
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

(Extracts from this journal of the 24th September, 1914.)

"Alternatives for Users."

"Commercial owners who must have motor transport will do well to follow our repeated advice in respect of their purchasing smaller units, and mane of them. We are quite aware that this will not satisfy every demand, nor enable the purchasers to handle to the best advantage loads which were' before the war, carried by means of three-ton, four-ton, and five-ton lorries. Thatis so far as petrol goes. They have the alternative, and a good one, of using the high-speed, rubber-tired, steam-driven three-tonner to do some or all of their work. There is no more economical unit than this size of steamer. It is admitted to work at, a lower 'all in' cost per mile run than any three-ton petrol-vehicle. . . The heavy-motor industry has never been so busy as it is at the present time It will continue to remain in that state for months to come, if not for a couple of years."

"Government to Employ Steam Wagons."

"Amongst the most interesting developments to be recorded during the past week are the preliminary stages of the Government's intention to make extensive use of steam haulage. As we go to press, we hear that the output of at least one important steam-wagon works has been impressed on similar lines to those adePted in connection with the petrol-driven commercial-vehicle factories. The War Department is also shortly to proceed with a modified form of impressment in connection with steam wagons of approved design belonging to private owners. As we write, the full intentions of the Government as to the nature of such employment cannot be made public."

"How to Disable a Chassis."

"The interesting problem which we put to our readers a fortnight ago, as to the best means to be adopted, taking all tho circumstances into consideration, to render a motor lorry useless as a capture by the enemy, while on active service, has aroused a great deal of discussion, and has brought to us a very large number of letters. We have carefully considered all of these,' and a considerable proportion of those received have raised points which, we must confess, had not occurred to us when we first propounded the question."

"One Hears—"

"That the present is a good time to make coal contracts." "That the Germans counted their hickens too early on account of the Kluck under 'the right wing."

"That 'War Material—Urgent' is labelled on many parts in transit just now." " That a ehassisless char-à-banes body is another exampie of the white elephant." "That the two 'M.'s, left to themstives in the fire-engine business, are having a merry time." "That one wise commercial-motor maker has been collecting steel wheels from Belgium and Switzerland for two years past." " That the new Leyland pressed-steel disc wheels will be popular in the field as affording better cover than any of the spoked type."


Organisations: War Department

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