Page 2.   Shelvoke & Drewry Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter - Spring 2019.

By Robert Crawley.

This picture shows one of the six Freighters operated by Plymouth Corporation under the transport manager of the time, H P Stokes. The first three (numbers 22-24) had Hickman bodies and were introduced in June/July 1922 and the second three (numbers 45-47) had similar Vickers bodies and arrived in May 1926. All six were withdrawn and sold in 1929/30.

 The disposal history we have on these is as follows:

No. 22 was converted to a gully cleansing vehicle in November 1929, withdrawn by December 1941, believed converted to an ambulance (!) by May 1946 as fleet number 7521 and sold in 1948 to unknown buyer (probably scrap by then).

No. 23 was converted to a crane by the Corporation transport department in March 1930 and scrapped in 1932

No. 24 was scrapped in 1932 by the Corporation after a period of no use.

No. 45 Sold to C J Dowell, Sidmouth in January 1930 (possibly via Leyland Motors acting as a dealer) and withdrawn by them in December 1930

No. 46 was converted to a lorry for the Corporation transport department in December 1930 and withdrawn 1939

No. 47 was transferred to Plymouth Corporation health department and converted to a lorry in 1932

 None of these vehicles have survived into a museum as far as I know. However, at the Chalkpits Museum at Amberley in West Sussex they do have a Freighter once owned by the Southdown Company. It is restored and run up on open days.

 Two SD Freighters once operated along the sea front at Exmouth. Both were acquired second-hand by a local operator in the town. They had come from two different owners, one of whom was at Penarth near Cardiff. Both these vehicles were sold for scrap to a breaker in Honiton (year unconfirmed) and the story goes that the Penarth vehicle broke down on its way to Honiton and was simply buried at the roadside in Clyst St George. I was told this by a man living in Thorverton, who has since died, who used to live at C St G and saw it happen. At the time he said he could direct me to the very spot – so could this be an exhumation job?

 Thank you for contacting us and I hope the above information is helpful.

Yours sincerely, Robert Crawley

Chairman  May 2011.

West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust 2011.

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