1. SD Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter Winter 2017.
ERNIE HARMES MEMORBILIA.
in July a package arrived from Michael Harmes containing memorabilia
collected by Ernie Harmes, a former SD demonstrator driver and
chauffeur, I had no idea that it would contain such a fascinating and
interesting collection of material with some dating back to the early
years of Shelvoke & Drewry.
the most interesting items were two booklets measuring 8 ins x 5 ins.
The first dates from 1925 and has the title: “The Two-Tonner with the
One-Tonner’s Running Costs – The S.D. Freighter.” We have become
accustomed to thinking of S&D as primarily the manufacturers of
refuse collection vehicles. This booklet is a reminder that Harry
Shelvoke and James Drewry originally thought that their ingenious
invention would sell as a conventional lorry. The booklet only contains
two photos of dust carts, but includes a Worthing Tramocar and numerous
clever designs for the specific needs of customers as for example the
demountable body for Thomas Allen shown above. A testimonial from that
Company reads: “We had to discharge a ship-load of grain in sacks, and
deliver to one of our warehouses. The Freighter hauled 220 tons a
distance of 300 yards in twelve-and-a-half working hours, on a petrol
consumption of about four gallons, making approximately 110 journeys.
We believe such a performance is unequalled.”
The price quoted
for a standard chassis is given as £445 with £15 extra for a driver’s
cab with side and back curtains, a metal windscreen and rainguard.
code on the back of the second booklet suggests that it dates from
1950. To my surprise it includes versions of the Freighter despite the
advent of the ‘W’ type in 1946/47. Clearly Harry Shelvoke had yet to
accept that the days of the ingenious Freighter were over.
little N type was bound for the Borough of Erith and carries an 8 cu.
Yd. Chelsea type body. No less than three pages are devoted to the NN
freighter with a Fore & Aft body for Stockton on Tees shown below.
[We believe that this Freighter survived into preservation but have been unable to discover its whereabouts.]
booklet states that its purpose is to illustrate some of the vehicles
that the Company has made for Public Cleansing at home and abroad
including numerous vehicles specially designed to meet unusual local
conditions. It notes that except for a few proprietary items every part
of these vehicles, chassis, engine, hydraulic equipment, body and cab,
is made in our own works.
include Chelsea and Newcastle type side loaders, barrier loaders, gully
emptiers and cesspit emptiers often referring to the eventual customer.