WHEELS of INDUSTRY
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"The wheels of wealth will be slowed by all difficulties of transport at whatever points arising, as a carriage is by the roughness of the roads over which it runs."—John Beattie Crozier, Bodywork Ideas for Green Line Coaches.
An accompanying illustration indicates a design of bodywork for a Green Line 35-seater six-wheeled coach, this arrangement having been prepared by engineers of the London General Omnibus Co., Ltd.
Although not being used at the present time, it claims attention by virtue of
the pleasing contour. The roof top, which has a V cross-section, sweeps slightly downward towards the front, as well as falling gradually to the rear in a long graceful curve, whilst the bottom valance curves upward to merge with the rear panelling. The step-up in the waist rail enables rear passengers to be provided with higher and more comfortable seats, without unduly exposing their arms and shoulders; also it provides a valuable facility for the display of an ornamental name-plate. In this connection the broad cant-rail band, which is designed to harmonize with the waistband, affords a suitable space for a route indicator.
The design of the mudguards and panelled skirting is striking, as is the frontal aspect of the vehicle, a feature being the convergence of the roof canopy into the front panelling, which incorporates a destination box.
A similar design for a 39-seater bus has been prepared.
A Discussion on Bearing Lubrication.
A description of an elaborate study of the labrication of journal bearings, • and of the methods adopted in carrying out practical experiments in investigating the exact nature of the conditions that obtain in such bearings, was the subject of a paper entitled "The Film of too abstruse a nature to be of much practical value to any but those extremely intimately associated with the problem of bearing design. A discussion followed the reading of the paper.
Dennis Works Expansion.
At a meeting of the directors of Dennis Brothers, Ltd., held a few days ago, it was decided to carry out an important extension to the company's factory at Guildford. The contract for the building amounts to about £25,000.
Lucid Explanation of Transport Law. Butterworth and Co. (Publishers), Ltd., Bell Yard, Temple Bar, London,
Vauxhall Motors' Marketing Arrangements.
In the past 21 years General Motors, Ltd., has undertaken the distribution and servicing of Bedford and Chevrolet commercial vehicles and Vauxhall cars made at the Luton works of Vauxhall Motors, Ltd. The business has developed on volume lines and the Vauxhall concern is now arranging to carry out its own distribution.
For this purpose it has arranged to lease the premises at Hendon, London, N.W.9, formerly occupied by General Motors, Ltd., whilst the latter concern has removed its business, consisting mainly of the sale of parts for Cadillac, La Salle, Oldsmobile and Oakland cars and G.M.C. commercial vehicles, to offices and stores at 111, Grosvenor lroad, London, S.W.1.
Dock Speed Limit at Southampton.
The Minister of Transport, on the application of the corporation of Southampton, has brought in a speed limit of 15 m.p.h. over the roads which lie within the limits comprising the Southern Railway Company's dock estate at Southampton, to which the public have access. The limit came into operation on April 25th.
This Issue and the Next.
Although this issue of The Commercial Motor has been considerably enlarged to accommodate a large number of special articles on goods transport and haulage, it has been found necessary to hold over certain informative contributions, including one on important hauliers' views on the railway attitude towards road transport, and another on advances made in tanker
Lubrication of the Journal Bearing" read by Mr. R. 0. Boswall, B.Sc. (Eng.), M.Sc.Tech., A.M.I.Mech.E., at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on April 22nd.
The matter was dealt with at considerable length and the mathematical reasoning expounded in great detail. Not the least interesting part of the paper was the description of the apparatus—originally designed by Dr. Gerald Stoney, F.R.S., M.I.Mech.E.—that was employed in the experiments, and of the methods by which it was used. The conclusions drawn from the investigations, whilst of undoubted value, seem to be D22
17f.C.2, has recently published, at 7s. 6d., a book entitled "The Law of Transport," by Mr. M. E. Holdsworth, M.A., LL.B. The book is useful to those concerned in transport, not only as a work of reference but also because it explains in a commendably lucid manner how the law of transport has developed.
As a result of the way in which it is written, to read the book gives one an understanding of the law which is not quickly forgotten. In particular, the chapters on common carriers, highways, road carriers and legal conceptions arc interesting to those in the commercialmotor industry, design. These articles will be published in subsequent issues, whilst our valuable series of road tests will be resumed in our next issue, which will also contain the usual regular features.
Transport Assistant Available.
A particularly capable young man with four years in the motor trade has been systematically studying costs, etc., under " S.T.R.," who recommends him for his industry, intelligence and enterprise. He would make a good assistant to a transport manager. Letters addressed " Assistant," care of the Editor, will be forwarded.