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One of the UK's leading independent logistics firms servicing some of the biggest blue chip companies in the world, including Dyson and Magners Cider, Downton began life in 1955 when Conrad Downton invested £16 in a gravel-carrying tipper lorry.  The owner of a small Gloucestershire farm, Conrad started delivering small loads around the county in an attempt to supplement his family's modest living. Starting with hay and straw he soon moved onto gravel and construction materials.  Before long Downton was involved in major projects such as the construction of the M5.

By the end of the 1960s the company had built up a fleet of tipper vehicles and become well established in the construction industry.  By 1975 Downton had purchased its first articulated lorry and with some major brewer contracts under their wing they soon acquired a fleet of 16 articulated vehicles.

Sadly, in 1985 at the age of just 52, Conrad died suddenly leaving his three sons – Andrew, Richard and John to continue their father's vision of turning a flourishing but small haulage company into a major logistics firm.

DOWNTON MOVING HAULER
COR-14116

$99.99
LIST: $119.99

From a one man operation with a single lorry to a multi-million pound transport business, Bill Bowring of Bowring Transport has come a long way since starting up his small livestock transporting business in 1951. Based in Warsop, Bowring Transport is now one of the largest privately owned transport fleets in the East Midlands area. At its beginning the business began moving livestock for farmers to the markets of North Nottinghamshire before progressing into general agricultural haulage, carrying loads such as fertiliser, corn and sugar beet. Bill’s wife and two sons formed Bowring Transport Limited in 1974 branching out into the transportation of building waste and materials for road reconstruction. The company purchased its first articulated vehicle in 1976, expanding the fleet of eight wagons and fifteen staff. Today Bowring Transport has a fleet of over sixty vehicles that cover all aspects of specialist haulage.

MAN TGX LIVESTOCK TRANSPORTER
COR-15210

$104.99
LIST: $134.99

Established in 1970 with just one tractor unit, the privately owned Montgomery Transport Group is part of the Ballyvesey Holdings Group. Having grown significantly in recent years, the company now provides a diverse range of logistic services through the UK, Ireland and Europe. The group’s success has secured them many major contracts with well-known brands such as Nestle, Walkers, Ikea and P&G to name but a few. Montgomery Refrigerated Limited formed in 2003 and has become Ireland’s fastest growing Refrigerated Distribution Company. With operating locations in Portadown, Dublin and Preston, they provide chilled and frozen transportation across the UK and Ireland for some of their biggest customers including Tesco, Asda and Cadbury Trebor Bassett.

MERCEDES ACTROS FRIDGE TRAILER
COR-13826

$104.99
LIST: $134.99

Norman Lloyd started Lloyds of Ludlow on May 12th 1937. Norman played an active role in the business until his death in 2007. His son Tony joined the company in 1955. Most of the work was agricultural which included milk and livestock. After de-nationalisation the company started to carry more general haulage, throughout the country. During this time a number of different sorts of vehicles were purchased including a 1946 Maudslay Mogul II, Seddons and Bedfords. By 1970 it was realised that there was international work available. The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the first purchases of Volvos and Scanias. These were used on regular trips to countries across Europe. During this time and into the 1980s the company continued to expand. PNT 968R was the first Scania 111 purchased by the company. In its heyday the company was running over sixty vehicles. Unfortunately Tony passed away in 2011, but the company continues to be run by his surviving family.

LLOYDS OF LUDLOW TRAILER
COR-15306

$89.99
LIST: $109.99

In 1946, David Wilkie Haig acquired an ex-war department Thornycroft lorry after returning to his home town of Bellshill and decided to set up a transport business.  With the British economy struggling to recover from six years of war David was swamped with an increasing amount of customers and workload which would soon lead to the expansion of his one waggon fleet.   By the 1960s he had acquired a fleet of over 40 trucks.

The opening of Coatbridge's Freightliner terminal proved a valuable source of work for the lorries and remains so today.  The green, red and cream Haig vehicles are a familiar site as they travel across Scotland and the North of England.  By 1969 the firm started its weekly Italian service which continues to this day.  

Trips to Europe in the late 60s were often quite challenging for the drivers, with a lack of motorways and bypasses and inevitable customs delays, though nowadays the Italian runs can be done slightly quicker.  The company's reputable and longstanding international services earned them 'Scottish European Haulier of the Year' at the 2002 Transport news Scottish Rewards.

In 1985 David Haig retired after 39 years in the industry which included being a founding member of The Road Haulage Association.  Now in its third generation the Haig family fleet operates from a purpose built depot at Reema Road in Bellshill.

DAVID HAIG SCANIA 141 TILT TRAILER
COR-15308

$89.99
LIST: $109.99

George Beatty began trading in Ballinamallard in 1979 in the backyard of his father’s grocery and confectionery business. The early days of the business were before the arrival of the fork lift which meant that fuel products such as coal doubles and peat briquettes were delivered directly to the customer’s door on the Coalman’s back. Since its humble beginnings, Beatty Fuels has become one of the largest family owned businesses that remains independent of the international oil and coal businesses that dominate today, employing over 40 people from Ballinamallard and the surrounding area. With a fleet consisting of nine Artic Tractor Units, including Scanias, DAFs, Volvos, MAN and Mercedes, four Rigid Oil Tankers, two Rigid 6 Wheelers and a wide range of Rigid units for supplying Gas and Coal to domestic customers, including the Scania R Curtainside modelled here.

BEATTY'S FUELS CURTAINSIDE HAULER
COR-13755

$104.99
LIST: $134.99

Jerry Harris and Sam Miners formed Harris & Miners in 1946 with a fleet of two Ford trucks and one Commer tipper. Within one year the duo were offered a contract to haul ‘Devon Grate’ Candy fire surrounds to Glasgow. By 1960 Harris & Miners was nationalised and secured the acquisition of Blue Waters as a new company depot site. Jerry Harris’s son, Brian, began driving for his father in an Albion Chieftain and when his father passed, Brian bought out the Miner’s family with the company becoming Brian Harris Transport Limited. Throughout its history, either as Harris & Miners or as Brian Harris Transport Ltd, the company has operated a large quantity of vehicles, including this Strato Flatbed with steal chain load.

BRIAN HARRIS DEVON STRATO WITH LOAD
COR-15405

$104.99
LIST: $134.99

EDDIE STOBART VOLVO F10 TRAILER
COR-15508

$99.99
LIST: $129.99

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