Conveyancer-Scott Truck 3
A Potted history
Scott Electric Vehicles was a small family concern which started manufacturing in Kidderminster in 1952 making electric vehicles mainly for the railways. (However, the G.W.R. had a Scott truck on trial prior to Nationalisation, a few years earlier, which may have been a prototype or pre-production model. A photograph of this vehicle on trial appears in the book 'Great Western Road Vehicles' by Philip Kelley and shows a truck similar to ours but with a demountable body).
The company was taken over in 1957 by Electro-Hydraulic of Warrington (a subsidiary of Rubery Owen) calling the product Conveyancer-Scott. The parent company continued to make material handling equipment still using the Conveyancer trade name.
(I have in my possession a photograph of Tommy Cooper driving a Conveyancer-Scott forklift truck! Editor).
The vehicle the 'Friends' are restoring is No.124 / BR No.B45.
No.124 was made between 1952 and 1957. It was in a sorry state, rusting away in the 'Friends' compound and I remarked to Steve that it would be a good idea to get it working and I would like to do something with it (BIG MISTAKE). Mick said carry on and get it done. The work started in August 2017. The state of No.124 was worse than I expected, worn tyres, broken wheels, rusty all over, damaged panels, seized electrical controls, missing lights etc.
The Strip Began
All parts were removed and the chassis power washed, wire brushed and primed ready for painting. New parts were made and old ones repaired if possible. Wheel rims were straightened and painted, new tyres and tubes fitted, brakes overhauled leaf springs de-rusted and oiled, Electric contactor freed up and new covers made. The main motor was checked over by Steve.
The Rebuild Started
Chassis painted, Side Panels straightened and painted (Bob, Mick and Charlie), new Steering Wheel, chains and lighting were purchased and a partial rewire completed.
By June 2018 we can see the end of the tunnel - just final fittings and rear wooden floor to do. A few more days work we hope. Not bad for a few O.A.P's working 1 day a week between other station jobs!
(Graham doesn't do himself justice here. His was by far the greatest input in the restoration, and he made parts at home in his workshop during the week, and took home many pieces to be prepared and painted ready for reassembly at the weekend. Editor).
This G.W.R van body was rescued by the 813 Fund and was restored about 4 years ago by Mike Walker, necessitating some new structural timber to be spliced in, the doors rebuilding and a new roof canvass. Mike also built the brick piers as a copy of those formerly under a very similar van body at Aberystwyth, and the body was craned onto these for its new life as an authentic storage shed.
Originally built in the 1880's (an illustration of a similar van No 37517 appears in the GWR Goods Wagons book by Atkins, Beard and Tourret page 363), when restored the first coat of paint appeared to be the early G.W.R wagon brown. When installed on its plinth Mick Yarker painted and lettered it in this livery, but as it needed a repaint and at the request of Paddy Goss of the owning 813 Fund, we have painted and lettered it in standard wagon grey with the large 'GW' lettering. As before, the side nearest the platform is not lettered as this would not be done to a 'shed' and looks authentic when viewed by passengers. However, to retain the vehicle's identity, and make an eye catching display it has been lettered as shown above on the main line car park side.