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Thornyerofes Latest Refuse Collector.
We publish on this page an illustration of one of three refuse collectors recently delivered to the repeat order of the City of Westminster Highways Department by John I. Thornycroft and Co., Ltd.
'The vehicle has a capacity of 13 cubic yds., and the all-steel body, which is equipped for only end loading, is an Eagle product. An interior partition is used, which, in its first position, is locked about 3 ft. 3 ins, from the front of the body. The bins are emptied and the refuse piled up in front of this barrier by a loader, who remains inside the body and receives the bins at the rear.
When the first division is full the partition is moved to its next position, which is approximately 3 ft. nearer to the back. As the loading continues the partition is moved until its fourth position is reached, this being about 1 ft. 6 ins, from the rear. Finally, it is fixed at the end of the body and the loading takes place from ground level.
The body is built with an opening roof. The tipping gear employed is of the double-extension, single-ram type.
Fire-brigade t Conference Exhibits.
Further to the paragraph appearing in our issue for last week, we now learn that, at the recently held conference of the Professional Fire Brigades Association, a Simonis-equipped 250-300-gallon Fordson fire-engine, with first-aid equipment, was exhibited.
At this event Leyland Motors, Ltd., showed three interesting machines. The first of these was the smallest in the company's range, being an example of the FK1 400 g.p.m. pump, destined for service with the Birkenhead Brigade. A larger model was the FT1 700 g.p.m. fire-engine shortly to be placed in service by the Twickenham authorities. This model has the pump mounted amidships, with controls and deliveries on each side. The third machine—a Leyland-Metz—was a combined fire-pump and turntable escape for Stoke-onTrent. This outfit has an 85-ft. escape and a 400 g.p.m. pump amidships.
After the conference concluded a party of 260 people paid a visit to the Leyland works at Charley, Lanes, to see aspects of the production of Leyland fire-fighting appliances.
Northumberland's Big Works Scheme.
Northumberland County Council is to complete Haddrick's Mill Bridge, at an estimated cost of £34,887; Seghill bypass, at a cost of £17,205, and the widening of the Great North Road, between Morpeth and Felton (£119,933). Essex Bridge to be Restricted?
When Essex County Council objected to a licence application by a coach operator who proposed to use, in connection with a tour, a privately owned bridge on the unclassified road by Audley End Mansion, the Traffic Commissioners suggested that the council should seek an Order from the Minister of Transport, restricting the bridge to certain types of traffic. It is possible that such an Order will be made.
The bridge is said to be unsuitable for modern traffic, being only 12 ft. 6 ins, wide and haying a hump back, and it is proposed to limit its use to vehicles weighing under 2 tons (laden or unladen). It is stated that two optional routes are available.