2. SD Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter - Winter 2017.
THE PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION.
addition to the two fascinating booklets described on the previous page
the package included 45 photographs on range of SD topics. Twenty-five
of these are of a 5 ½ x 3 ½ inch format and feature SD Freighters of
which six are on solid tyres with the remainder on pneumatics. I
imagine that Ernie will have carried these with him when demonstrating
the restored “1922” Folkestone Freighter.
selection of the photos show this restoration in progress as the
Company sought to create a reminder of the origins of S&D as a
manufacturer. The only colour photos feature the Folkestone Freighter.
Just three of the photos show the Freightlifter fork lift truck which I
recalled was a part of Ernie’s working life in our previous Newsletter.
small number of photos are from sources other than Clutterbuck’s usual
factory photos. The one shown at the top of the page has a back stamp
from Manchester but otherwise I am unable to give any details about the
incident or the date. Clearly the front apron of the Freighter gave
little protection to the driver in such a collision.
the driver’s point of view the mishap to St. Helen’s gas department
Freighter was less serious. It demonstrates, I believe, the dangers of
driving on landfill sites as the ground appears to have given way under
this Freighter. A second photo gives more detail of the damage caused.
aspect of the smaller freighter photos was the extent to which the
designs shown reflected a desire by the various local authorities to
demonstrate the careful use of ratepayers’ funds. An example shown
below is in making the Chelsea type shutters removable to provide
a dual use vehicle.
The example below for Hamilton shows a dual pupose Chelsea type /gully emptier.
are several examples of these types of design as well as a number of
solutions for bulk handling of refuse from blocks of flats. A
I am very grateful to Michael Harmes for allowing me to share the contents of this collection with you.