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THE MELLOR BROTHERS IN WHARFEDALE

 
     
  In the three images above and two below the Mellor's eight wheeled Foden FG flatbed carrying a load of plywood for R.H. Cecil of Lydney was about to meet one of Tom's four axle rigid chassis flat bed HGVs. In the first picture too, the magnetic guide on Tom's tarpaulin loaded red lorry is just visible underneath the front fender and radiator grille.  
     
  Most model railway layouts that appear at the Cheltenham GWR Modeller's Exhibitions have trains that move and road vehicles that do not. The April 2009 Exhibition at St Margaret's Hall however featured not only a diorama from the South Wales Model Bus Federation where the buses moved and the trains stayed still but Tom Couling's magnificent Poole in Wharfedale layout - where both road and rail vehicles ran on an East-West axis. Like the South Wales Model Bus Federation diorama - and Tom's much loved earlier Carlton layout - the model HGVs and PSVs on Poole in Wharfedale each had battery powered motors inside their bodies and were guided along a magnetic track buried under the road. However, traffic was not so heavy on the morning of Sunday 4 April that some of the Mellor Brothers lorries from the 1950s - too early to readily fit with either River View Cafe or Layby dioramas - could not find a place among the millstone grit walls and buildings.  
     
   
     
  In the three images above and two below the Mellor's eight wheeled Foden FG flatbed carrying a load of plywood for R.H. Cecil of Lydney was about to meet one of Tom's four axle rigid chassis flat bed HGVs. In the first picture too, the magnetic guide on Tom's tarpaulin loaded red lorry is just visible underneath the front fender and radiator grille.  
     
  In the three images above and two below the Mellor's eight wheeled Foden FG flatbed carrying a load of plywood for R.H. Cecil of Lydney was about to meet Tom's four axle rigid chassis Leyland Octopus. In the first picture too, the magnetic guide on Tom's tarpaulin loaded flat bed red lorry is just visible underneath the front fender and radiator grille.  
     
  In the three images above and two below the Mellor's eight wheeled Foden FG flatbed carrying a load of plywood for R.H. Cecil of Lydney was about to meet one of Tom's four axle rigid chassis flat bed HGVs. In the first picture too, the magnetic guide on Tom's tarpaulin loaded red lorry is just visible underneath the front fender and radiator grille.  
     
  In the three images above and two below the Mellor's eight wheeled Foden FG flatbed carrying a load of plywood for R.H. Cecil of Lydney was about to meet one of Tom's four axle rigid chassis flat bed HGVs. In the first picture too, the magnetic guide on Tom's tarpaulin loaded red lorry is just visible underneath the front fender and radiator grille.  
     
  In the two images below another eight wheeled flatbed - this time made by Atkinsons - owned by Richard Read of Longhope lifts its tarpaulin covered load past 63420, an 0-8-0 design of Sir Vincent Raven introduced by the North Eastern Railway in 1913 as Class T2. These locomotives became LNER Class Q6 after Grouping in 1923 and 63420 is seen wiht the early "lion on a bike" British Railways crest.  
     
  In the two images below another eight wheeled flatbed - this time made by Atkinsons - owned by Richard Read of Longhope lifts its tarpaulin covered load past 63420, an 0-8-0 design of Sir Vincent Raven introduced by the North Eastern Railway in 1913 as Class T2. These locomotives became LNER Class Q6 after Grouping in 1923 and 63420 is seen wiht the early "lion on a bike" British Railways crest.  
     
  In the two images below another eight wheeled flatbed - this time made by Atkinsons - owned by Richard Read of Longhope lifts its tarpaulin covered load past 63420, an 0-8-0 design of Sir Vincent Raven introduced by the North Eastern Railway in 1913 as Class T2. These locomotives became LNER Class Q6 after Grouping in 1923 and 63420 is seen wiht the early "lion on a bike" British Railways crest.  
     
  Last on the road out of Wharfedale was this Leyland Comet two axle flatbed with another tarpaulin covered load.  Although owned by Harold Read of Longhope it is still in its previous owner's livery.  
     
  Last on the road out of Wharfedale was this Bedford OS two axle flatbed with another tarpaulin covered load.  
     
  Last on the road out of Wharfedale was this Bedford OS two axle flatbed with another tarpaulin covered load.