Garrett 34841 at Otley, 2017

 Works Number: 34841

Registration Number: RT1940

Date: 20th May 1926

 

Garrett 34841 at Holmwood Brickworks - c.1926-1927

Garrett 6 tonner 34841, shown above, was sold new with Garrett trailer number 17294 to C.W.Packard & Co., Haulage Contractors, Dorking, Surrey. Charles Packard had been employed as a demonstration wagon driver by Garretts and it is possible that he is the gentleman driving the demonstrator wagon shown on the trailer page. The wagon was based at the Holmwood Brickworks in Dorking.

In 1927 Mr Packard moved to Welwyn Garden City where he used the wagon on contract work for the newly opened Herts Gravel & Brickworks Co., who acquired their own fleet of Garrett wagons in the same year. The work involved the transport of sand and gravel from the Twentieth Mile Pit to building sites in London. The deliveries required two 40 mile round trips per day. The wagon was taken out of use in 1934 when the vehicle excise duty was changed, severely penalising wagons with a high-unladen weight and on wheels shod with solid rubber tyres. Mr Packard was loath to scrap the wagon and it lay unused in his yard until the 1939 - 45 war when it was disposed of.


Chassis at Pritchard’s Nursery, Loughton, Essex, with Marshall Sterilising Boiler

The wagon was not scrapped but the boiler and engine were removed, the rear end of the chassis was cut off and a large locomotive type boiler was mounted on the chassis. This mobile boiler was used for the sterilising of soil in market gardens in the Lee Valley, Essex. It was discovered in 1976 at Pritchard's Nursery, Loughton, Essex from where it was purchased. Although the boiler had latterly been used in a stationary position, and had been out of use for some time, a condition of sale was that the boiler should be mounted on a trailer to ensure that it remained mobile. After some haggling, agreement was reached whereby the chassis could be removed and the boiler could remain propped on blocks. The remains of the wagon were extricated from beneath the boiler on August Bank Holiday Monday 1976 and are shown below when delivered to Yorkshire. It is appropriate that the lorry's first public appearance was at the Leeds & District Traction Engine Club's Harewood House Rally, in 1997 exactly twenty-one years later, albeit still under restoration.


Chassis on Harry Parkin’s low loader when delivered to Cutsyke, Castleford in 1977. The pit stacks behind are now covered in trees.

The wagon has been subject to a long-term restoration, details of which are shown on the Restoring 34841 page.

 

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