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John Marshall
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Chiswick Works

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Details: This single-axle step-frame dropside trailer photographed at Chiswick Works on 6th October 1970 is clearly numbered E1. This is probably the Eagle trailer that normally operated with Bedford OSS artic tractor 953B. However, 953B was new in 1951 whilst E1 was listed as being into stock in 1957. Could it be that the tractor and trailer combination was treated as a single numbered item (953B) until 1957 when the trailer was given a number of its own? It certainly outlasted the tractor unit (sold in 1965), although by how much is not known. Another puzzle concerns the tall metal tilt cover fitted to the trailer (as seen on Clive's model). This was not on in 1955 but it was in 1961. And as seen above, it was off again by 1970. The Capital Transport service vehicle book states that the cover was removable, but it appears fairly permanently attached in the one clear photo I have in my collection. So, to summarise.... um.

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