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1955 Austin K4 Loadstar 6-8 Ton Tractor British Railways MkII

1955 Austin K4 Loadstar MkII in The North Eastern Goes Forward, Short Movie, 1962

Class: Trucks, Trailer truck (tractor) — Model origin: UK

1955 Austin K4 Loadstar 6-8 Ton Tractor British Railways MkII

Position 00:13:25 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


dsl SX

2017-07-09 00:34

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If KVY 614 = York, early 1955.


2017-07-09 08:41

Loadstar , I wonder why BR vehicles were generally presented in such bad condition , seemed to be no pride in the fleet at all.
Nationalised industry run for it's workers not it's customers ?

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johnfromstaffs EN

2017-07-09 08:59

I have seen many scruffy BR vehicles in pictures over the years, usually with captions mentioning shunting damage through operating in tight goods yards and city locations. The steam engine fleet got into a similar position before withdrawal, common user equipment needs decent management, if you aren't financially or emotionally connected to an object you have little incentive to take care of it.


2017-07-09 09:20

I wonder if the pre-nationalisation GWR LNER et al vehicles were similarly badly kept.

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johnfromstaffs EN

2017-07-09 12:21

GWR had its own bodyworks at Swindon and bought chassis or chassis/cabs which it bodied and then recycled as they got older. Buses became panel vans became flat trucks then yard shunters then sold off. I don't know if the others did this, but the post 1923 pre 1948 companies were all image conscious until WW2 put a stop to such fripperies.

Post 1948 the whole thing became a shambles, successive governmental lack of interest put a line under the return of any pride, the railways going from sought after employment in Victorian times to, by the 1950s, a job you were forced into by circumstance and only stuck with until something better came your way. At that time the son of our neighbours was fireman on the West Coast main line, in his twenties and firing on the top link duties like the Royal Scot. Rather than convert to driving he left the railways completely for better employment conditions outside the industry.

For the non Brits or the non railway enthusiast:-

fireman = stoker, driver = engineer
1923, the many small railway companies were forced by government action to amalgamate into four large, regionally based, but still privately owned, groups.
1948, the four groups were nationalised.

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the sad biker UK

2017-07-09 13:02

Start as an engine cleaner mucking out fireboxes and boiler tubes and after a few years you might progress to the fireplate as a Fireman, another few years diligence and ruined health due to ash dust and back problems shovelling tons of coal per shift, you might progress to Driver.

johnfromstaffs EN

2017-07-09 13:08

Quite, but my friend left just as he'd completed that and the diesels were coming in, followed pretty quickly in this area by electrification. Maybe his getting married had something to do with it!

Sunbar UK

2017-11-03 20:52

1950-1955 Austin K4 Loadstar Series II 6-8 Ton 115" wheelbase tractor also here in use by British Railways /vehicle.php?id=562956

Link to "www.flickr.com" from JCB's flickr site.

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