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1959 Karrier Gamecock Baggage Conveyor Truck [E]

1959 Karrier Gamecock [E] in Look at Life: City of the Air, Documentary, 1964 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Simple truck — Model origin: UK

1959 Karrier Gamecock Baggage Conveyor Truck [E]

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


dsl SX

2021-06-01 14:19

Mail handler?? Or currency/security valuables??

Sunbar UK

2021-06-01 14:39

More general purpose baggage handling. edit: However the bags do have "Royal Mail Great Britain" on them

Something tells me it could be a 1959 Karrier Gamecock 3-4 Ton [E] Baggage Conveyer, rather than the smaller Bantam [F]. It could be earlier than 1960 but nothing specific found in the way of photographs. By 1963 possibly replaced by Commer VA 4-Ton on 16" wheels?
[Image: vehicles-commerspecialisedairport-19662.jpg]

Also seen in British Airways colours in the comments here London Airport - Heathrow 1940s to 1970s, Documentary, 2019

-- Last edit: 2021-06-01 16:13:13

Sunbar UK

2021-06-01 14:52

[Image: cityoftheair.jpg]
This looks to be the other side of the truck (two seen here).

Suggests the longer 144" wheelbase for the Gamecock not the 122" wheelbase of the Bantam.

Sunbar UK

2021-06-01 16:20

[Image: baggageconveyor.jpg]

Found the front in a slightly later scene, also just possibly with the radiator cap in the grille (for Gamecock).


2021-06-02 07:53

At first when I saw these vans I was stumped , then realised it was the other side of the half cabs ( LHD for some reason)-

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-- Last edit: 2021-06-02 08:10:57

Sunbar UK

2021-06-02 12:45

As a guess, the LHD layout could be due to routine engine servicing.

Access was normally by lifting the cab seats. With the oil filter high on the left side and the air-cleaner on the right (as standard) it would be probably easier to relocate the air-filter to the same left hand side. This would leave the right hand side clear for the pivot area on the conveyor. The Perkins flat (actulally 26░ inclined) C.305 diesel is mounted well back in the chassis frame.

I also think that the forward mounted Gamecock radiator filler cap is probably seen from the side in the main picture.

-- Last edit: 2021-06-02 13:02:52

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