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Kaleidoscope of Shelvoke & Drewry.
Nick Baldwin & William Negus.
Marshall Harris & Baldwin 1980
ISBN 0906116 17 1
This is the definitive history of the Company up to the end of the 1970's. Using the unique collection of glass negatives from Clutterbucks, Commercial photographers of Letchworth, who recorded every vehicle that left the works from the day they started until 1952.
Richly illustrated the book details both municipal vehicles from the first freighter, through the Fore & Aft tipper, Pakamatic and Revopak models, and includes details of Fork Lift Truck manufacture and the Special Vehicle division created in 1979.
Vintage Lorry Annual.
Edited by Nick Baldwin.
Marshall Harris & Baldwin 1979.
ISBN 0 90116 07 4
This Annual contains an article by Nick Baldwin about the 1927 S & D Freighter restored by apprentices in 1968 to the 1922 specification. Nick is taught how to drive the vehicle by Jack Hubbard the company's chief demonstration driver for forty years from 1936.
The vehicle carries the livery of the Borough of Folkestone. Preserved Vehicles.
An article about Motor Panels (Coventry) Ltd. refers to S & D's use of their Mark III cabs.
Municipal Refuse Collection Vehicles.
Barrie C. Woods. Trans-Pennine Publishing Ltd. 1999.
ISBN 0 9521070 4 X
Barrie Woods is an ex-employee of Shelvoke & Drewry and Norba and he gives an informative history of British Municipal Refuse collection vehicles. Hardly surprisingly the largest descriptions are of S & D and Dennis vehicles.
The Vintage Commercial Vehicle Magazine.
Volume 6 No. 31 March/April 1991.
This issue contains an article by Bill Aldridge entitled "Municipal Workhorses - Refuse Collectors." The vehicles produced by Shelvoke & Drewry naturally feature prominently in this article.
Volume 8 No.45 May/June 1993.
An article "Bringing the Bricks to the Builder" by Bill Aldridge mainly concerns the road fleet of the London Brick Company. However reference is made to the fact that S & D supplied over 150 Fork Lift trucks to the company, and that some of these lasted in service for more than twenty years.
Penguin Books 1986
ISBN 1 85471 164 4
This small volume contains three photographs of vehicles produced under the Shelvoke Dempster name:-
A PN Revopak.
A Route Chief 623 with the American designed Dempster rear loading system.
An SPV fire appliance chassis with Angloco bodywork.
CLASSIC and VINTAGE COMMERCIALS Magazine.
The May 1999 Issue, (Volume 4 Number 9) carries an article about the history of S & D by Alex Kermotschuk with photographs of a number of the company's products.
The July 1998 (Vol.3 No.11), March 1999 (Vol.4 No.7),August 1999 (Vol.4 No.12) and September 19999 (Vol.5 No.1) carry an account of the restoration of the Bradford TBN Pakamatic under the title 'Common as Muck', by the same writer.
The author of this website was able to purchase these as back issues in March 2003. Kelsey Publishing Group 01959 541444
The January 2006 issue has an article about Clive MacDonald's preserved Newham recovery vehicle, along with a brief history of S&D.
The May 2012 issue reports on Peter Johnston's restored SD Freighter first registered on 1st March 1929 to Irish agricultural machinery maker Pierce of Wexford. The article also carries a brief history of the SD Freighter. [In the July 2011 issue an article features the restoration work of Jimmy McAleer of Fintona, near Omagh, who restored Peter's Freighter to superb condition.]
BUSES EXTRA 49 October-November 1987.
I'd been looking for this magazine for a very long time then at last I found a copy on E-bay for a very reasonable £2.50 plus postage and packing.
Over fourteen pages David Kaye gives an exhaustive account of the fifty or so Freighter chassis that were fitted with bus type bodies. He gives an account of all the undertakings that employed SD Freighters and reports on their use when they were sold on.
The article also features the low entry bus chassis from the SPV Division that appeared at the 1980 motor show. Subsequently it was bodied by Reeve Burgess with a centre entrance either side. At first used at Gatwick Airport as a car park bus by 1983 it had been reallocated to Heathrow for internal staff transport. Regrettably no further orders followed.
For anyone interested in this aspect of the history of Shelvoke & Drewry this article is a mine of information. So I hope you have as successful a search as I have.
THE LONDON BRICK COMPANY.
Not only does Bill give a fascinating account of brick production but he also tells the story of handling and transporting the London Brick Company's products. Shelvoke's Freightlifter and Defiant forklift trucks feature in the story. So too do the Refuse Vehicles as the brick pits were used for landfill and L.B.C. became engaged in the waste disposal business. A thoroughly recommended read.
An Anthology of The Worthing Tramocars.
The Southdown Enthusiasts' Club.
This book was published in 2002 by The Southdown Enthusiasts' Club. It tells the fascinating story of how, soon after the formation of Shelvoke & Drewry, W.R. Gates recognised the potential of the chassis as a passenger vehicle. The low entrance height made the Freighter suitable for sea front operations in Worthing. Gates gave his vehicle the name 'Tramocar', and built up to a fleet of eleven, before selling out to Southdown in 1938.
The book contains 92 pages of text, with 12 black & white photographs with colour card covers.
One section is a reproduction of an article from the November 1st 1924 edition of 'Modern Transport' in which the new S & D Freighter is described. Time Tables and Fare Tables are reproduced, and a full account of the Tramocar operation is given.
Anyone with an interest in S & D will find a fascinating insight into a more unusual role for the Freighter within the pages of this book.
For ordering details see: www.southdownenthusiastsclub.org.uk
First Garden City by Mervyn Miller first published in 1989 by
Phillimore & Co. Ltd. Second Edition 2002. ISBN 1 86077 213 7|
Several references to Shelvoke & Drewry appear in this comprehensive history of the Garden City.
|'On The Dust'|
A Pictorial History of Municipal Vehicle Development
Edited by Malcolm Bates.
Kelsey Publishing Group 2016
Former SD Publicity Manager, Malcolm Bates, naturally gives a very prominent
place to the vehicles produced by Shelvoke & Drewry in this lavishly illustrated
98 page 'bookazine'. Included is a chapter on preserved vehicles and
reproductions of sales brochures. The publication is part of Vintage Roadscene's
Road Haulage Archive.
In 2010 Malcolm Bates, former SD employee, where he managed the sales publicity, was commissioned to write a series of articles about Municipal vehicles for Vintage Roadscene Magazine. Naturally Shelvoke & Drewry products featured prominently in these articles.
Issue 123 February 2010
In the first of these articles Malcolm looked at the early days of the SD Freighter and showed examples of the 'W' type with a moving floor type body and the Fore & Aft tipper.
Issue 124 March 2010
In the 1960's compaction type bodies were introduced such as S&D's Pakamatic and Revopak and the Eagle Compressmore.
Issue 125 April 2010
For this issue Malcolm turned his attention to the effect of 'competitive tendering' under the Margaret Thatcher led Conservative government. Also in this issue Ron Henderson wrote about S&D's SPV fire appliances.
Issue 126 May 2010
The growth of commercial waste companies was the theme for this issue.
Issue 127 June 2010
Standard commercial vehicles used by municipal operators were featured in this month's article.
Issue 128 July 2010
Liquid waste collection utilising gully emptiers and cesspool emptiers occupied Malcolm's mind for this issue.
Issue 129 August 2010
Roadsweepers were this month's subject. Appropriately in a separate feature a Drewry designed Lacre
Issue 130 September 2010
The bulk loaders that deliver waste to the landfill sites are the subject of Malcolm's article for this issue. We've
come a long way
Issue 131 October 2010
Prototypes that never made the market are the subject of this article. Included are photos of SD's ill fated
Model 25/30 Fore &
Sketches of Malcolm's ideas for future SD products
give a glimpse of what might have been. The less than successful Freighter
Issue 132 November 2010
How did all those foreign designs take over the British market? In his inimitable style Malcolm recalls how Heil got a foothold in the U.K., and others such as Norba followed.
He laments that even Dennis are now Spanish owned. It's a long way from the time when SD exported world-wide.
|FURTHER ARTICLES IN VINTAGE ROADSCENE.|
|Issue 147 February 2012||Whilst writing about Guy vehicles Malcolm Bates managed to sneak in a picture of a Defiant 26 fork lift truck loading a Guy Warrior truck.|
|Issue149 April 2012|| in a series entitled 'Top 10 Life Changing Commercials', Malcolm turned
his attention to S&D once more, principally featuring the |
Special Purpose Vehicle Division.
|Issue 168 November 2013||Malcolm
Bates visits McCreath Taylor in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and drives
the newly restored 'W' type Fore & Aft tipper. |
The 'W' features on the front cover.
|Issue 170 January 2014|| Once again a Shelvoke graces the front cover. This time it's a
Defiant fork lift truck loading a London Brick Company's AEC with
Inside over eight pages Malcolm Bates relates the story of the early days of mechanical handling. And as we'd expect the article
mainly focuses on SD's Freightlifter and Defiant fork lift trucks.
Also on the letters page there are two photos of an unusual water tanker on a 'T' type chassis.
|Issue 172 (171?) February 2014||Under
the Title 'Binwagon History BC' Malcolm Bates writes about refuse
collection before compaction and features |
the introduction of SD's Fore & Aft tipper.
A further article by Steve Jones reveals his desire to see an 'N' series repatriated from Malta into preservation.
|Issue 172 March 2014||In this issue MalcolmBates relates the introduction of the Pakamatic on chassis designed under the leadership of Tom Tillson.|
|Issue 173 April 2014|
In Part 3 of 'The History of the Bin
Wagon' Malcolm Bates relates how the SD Revopak was designed in response
The Revopaks rotating tines made short work of plastic sacks as it did of discarded fridges, wardrobes etc.
his exhaustive knowledge of Shelvoke & Drewry Malcolm relates how as
local authorities realised the advantages of wheelie
The era of British manufacture of specialised RCV's was almost at an end.
|Issue174 May 2014||
Bates came to
S&D in 1969 having been appointed publicity officer in the
by Jack Wilkinson, where
Magnette in the space
reserved for the Finance Director; he then said he thought SD sales and
literature was “awful” only
sombre grey suited management of S&D found the young graphic
very different ideas from their own.
this article Malcolm Bates reports on the SD vehicles supplied for
non-refuse collection duties. Throughout its history S&D attracted
customers requiring a rugged chassis and often the ability to provide a narrow body.
this article Malcolm Bates explores the range of vehicles produced from
1978 by the SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) Division to which |
he had design input.
Johnston comments on two photos taken in 1929 where an SD
Freighter is utilised in road surfacing work in County Down in
preparation for the RAC Tourist Trophy race.
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