Chelmsford - 1966

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Derek Tunbridge's Pictures from 1966

A 12 year old Derek looked out of his window, and saw a crew throwing fencing off an ex-RAF Matador, took his Instamatic and investigated, and has come up with some of the best pics of pipelines in those days that I have seen.

Some of you must have old pics and old memories like this : Let's be 'aving you !!!

Below : Ex Army 4WD Bedford QL, mounted with two Lincoln rigs and oxy/acetylene bottles.

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Hymac 380 and NCK crane and welding sets at a tie-in

NCK (Rapier?) Crane, the workhorse on sites without sidebooms.

Hymac 380 and a Hydrogon truck mounted crane, very early days for mobile cranes, except for the Iron Fairy.

AEC Matador and 40' Pole Trailer stringing pipe. Having driven artics for a large part of my working life, I cannot figure out how those drivers managed to manouevre those rigs down tiny access roads, no power steering in those days, and no HGV licences either!!

Cleveland Trencher

And who remembers when straw was used to protect the stacked pipes?

All Images on this page (c) 2012 Derek Tunbridge