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The following details are of the remaining "Yorkshire" wagons that I know about. If you have any information about other survivors I would be pleased to hear from you.

Click on the small photographs below to obtain an enlarged picture.

6 ton wagon no.34 of 1903 owned by the Booleroo Steam & Traction Preservation Society in South Australia believed to be the earliest survivor. The picture shows the wagon in the workshops under restoration in 2003. The wagon has since run and a video of it can be seen on Youtube. Early Yorkshire
(Photograph courtesy of
David Macloy)
2 ton wagon number 117 registration number CA170. Rebuilt from a bare chassis by the late Tom Varley in 1973. In accordance with Tom's naming policy for his fleet of steam wagons this one bore the name 'Pendle Maid'. Now owned by John Ward in West Yorkshire. Yorkshire 117
6 tonner no. unknown dated c1914. The remains of this wagon were brought back to the UK, in 2004, from a remote island in Patagonia, South America by Michael List Brain of Preston Services. It is now owned by Robert Midgley of Otley who is rebuilding the vehicle. Yorkshire WE of about 1914
(Photograph courtesy of
Michael List Brain)

6 tonner no. 652 of 1914, rebuilt by John Butler of Tonbridge and now owned by Michael List Brain of Preston Services. Yorkshire WE 652

3 ton wagon no. 940 'Pendle Queen' of 1917, the second steam lorry rebuilt by the late Tom Varley in 1970 and still owned by the family. Yorkshire WA 940

A 6 ton wagon no. 1428 survives in Australia with a bus body constructed on it.
It was supplied in August 1922 to J F Thompson as a 5/6t end tipping wagon.
Yorkshire WE 1428
(Photograph courtesy of
Andrew Gibb)

6 ton wagon no.1443 exists in Victoria, Australia.
Supplied new in July 1922 as a running chassis to the Northern Transport Service, Tasmania.
Yorkshire WE 1443
(Photograph courtesy of
Andrew Gibb)

The remains of a 3 ton end tipping wagon no. 1482, new to the Reading Electric Supply Company in 1924. Yorkshire WA 1482
(Photograph courtesy of
Roger Luck)

6 ton 1534 in Colombia, South America. This remarkable survivor is reputed to have been working in the town of Zipaquira near Bogota until the early seventies when it was abandoned. In the 1980s it was bought by Luis Fernando Hoyos in Medellin and in August 2003 it was acquired by the National Museum of Transportation

Yorkshire WE 1534
(Photograph courtesy of
Hugo Suarez Fiat)

6 ton 1535 in New Zealand, supplied new in 1925 for Lyttleton Borough Council. Yorkshire WE 1535
(Photograph courtesy of
Lyall Simpson)

6/7 ton WF 2049 in Australia. Yorkshire WF 2049
(Photograph courtesy of
Paul Pavlinovich)

Yorkshire WG flexible six wheeler 2118 of 1927, 'Pendle Laddie'. Rebuilt by Tom Varley from parts recovered by Walter Fearnley. This vehicle was supplied to the Leeds Corporation Electricity Department as a cable carrier. Yorkshire WG 2118

WG 2128 Yorkshire four wheel shaft drive wagon. This was originally a chain drive WG but was converted to shaft drive (WH model) by Walter Fearnley using a rear axle from one of the W.J.King four speed six wheel WJ models. A splitter box was introduced between the engine and the rear axle to give this wagon four speeds also. The chain drive differential and countershaft were then used on WG 2118 above. Yorkshire WG 2128

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