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Leyland Torque 2008

Details of the issues of Leyland Torque which were published in 2008.


Leyland Torque 39 - Spring 2008

 

Cover Picture - Plaxton bodied Royal Tiger in Empire's Best livery at a Thames oil refinery. Photo from the BCVM Archive, No.L075716.
Editorial - by Mike Sutcliffe.
Leyland Society News - More on the coming Annual Gathering at Crich in July, and information on the BCVM Anniversary Transport Show in May.
Warrington Corporation PD2/1s - A long illustrated article from Trevor Taylor with memories and history of the vehicles involved.
Two pictures - from Charles Jones, Chester, of Stirling registered 14B/10 Beavers.
Food For Thought - Edited by Wilf Dodds. Leyland Llama GTS4 PSV; Leyland Lion PSR1/1; Leyland Shunter; 8.6Ltr oil engines; Opposite handed O.600/O.680 engines; 1947 Leyland industrial engine at Shildon; Leyland Retriever; Cessation of Fire Engine production; 1930s timber quality; Leyland Tiger PS1 Trolleybus?!; Military mystery; Leyland Marketing Centre; Balmoral / United Automobile / City Coach Co. Leyland Lions.
Thomas Petrol-Electric Transmission - from Neil D. Steele: more on the subject, continuing from Journal No.6 and items in Torque 27 & 38.
Centerfold - A picture taken in April 1932 of a Leyland Badger TA4 in Pickfords Removals livery.
Odd Bodies! - Edited by Bob Kell. East Midland - TS7/TD4 or TD5? BAL 606; Samuelson's New Transport - Tiger TS7, JG 5439; Hardings of Birkenhead Tiger TS7, BG 9065; Empress - Leyland Tiger TS4, WN 4370 and Tiger TS2, DF 8186; Griffin Brynmawr / Red & White - Titan TD2, EV 6692; Greatrex, Staffs - Leyland Tiger PS2, TRF 44; J C Easton, Pitcalpe - Leyland Tiger PS1, GTF 576; Queens - Leyland Tiger TS1, WM 6120; and C G Hill, Tredegar - Leyland Lion LT1? HE 4761
Quicker Ballast Tamper - An extract from the May 1950 issue of the original Leyland Journal on the Matisa two-axle on-track tamper machine.
The B.U.T. Story - Part 4 of a series by Ron Phillips. (Part 3 was in the Torque 38 winter issue last year.)
Letters to the Editor - Contributions from Graham Martin-Bates, Perth; Tony Hall, Birmingham; Simon Ryan, by e-mail; Richard Peskett, Grayshott; Bill Acton, Malta; Robin Hannay, Crewe; Fraser Clayton, Baynards; Bill Thorneycroft, London SE; Mike Worthington-Williams, Newcastle Emlyn; Adam and Eleanor Auditori, Echuca, Vic., Australia; Phil Dixon from "Down Under"; Bob Kell, Durham; John Bennett, Loughborough; David Harvey; Peter Tulloch, Derby; Alan Townsin, Steventon; and Bernard Ashcroft, Preston.
New Leyland Society Title - A reminder of the "Leyland Buses of Burnley, Colne & Nelson" publication first mentioned on the web pages on 26th March.
Sales and Wants - One contribution this time.
Tailpiece - A slightly battered 7-year old EMT Madrid No.697 on a wet day in 1964.
The rear cover - A picture used by Leyland for publicity of the 2-ton model designed by Standard. Photo from the BCVM Archive, No.L075149.

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Leyland Torque 40 - Summer 2008

 

Cover Picture - Leyland FT4A (Chassis No.11120) outside Preston Town Hall, March 1939.
Editorial - Mike's recent meeting with the new Managing Director of Leyland Trucks Ltd. and the Society's relationship with the Company.
Leyland Society News - Membership Renewals, 10th Annual General Meeting, Leylands at Crich, 10th Annual Gathering.
What Leyland's Doing - A detailed account of today's operation of production at Leyland Trucks Ltd.
The Leyland Tigress TBI - Mike Sutcliffe, MBE. The story of the development of a late 1920's single deck bus chassis.
An Early Agricultural Co-operative - Neil Mitchell. In 1911, a group of farmers in Cumberland formed a Co-op, West Cumberland Farmers Trading Society Ltd, which survives to this day. A potted history and an account of present day operations.
Food For Thought - Wilf Dodds. 130, Leyland Bodies on Titan PD1 and PD2. 136, Leyland Lion PSR1/1. 139, Engine Colours. 147, Opposite handed O.600/O.680 engines. 152, 1930s Timber Quality. 153, Military Mystery - Leyland "Brontosaurus" FV1003. 154, Leyland Marketing Centre. 155, Balmoral/United Automobile/City Coach Co. Lions. 156, Unusual Cub radiator. 157, Richardson of Bucklet, Clwyd. 158, Fire at Leyland.
Odd Bodies - Bob Kell. East Midland Motor Services- Leyland Tiger TS7/TD4 or TD5?! BAL 606. Empress-Leyland Tiger TS4, WN 4370. Queens- Leyland Tiger TS1, WM 6120. C G Hill, Tredegar-Leyland Lion, LT1?, HE 4761. Leyland Tiger PS2/3, MTF 700. New Items. Boughton's Leyland Tiger, TL 2965. Excelsior, Bournemouth, Leyland Tiger, CK 4090. Leyland Cub KP, TF 8367. Hillside, Markyate, Leyland Tiger TS, JB 7497.
Centerfold - A fine photo of a new 1938 Octopus Shop Wagon being loaded with a Flat Engined coach chassis.
My Life Driving- Part 1 - Lawrence Macduff. An interesting story of one mans lifetime interest in Leyland Buses who became an owner in 1989.
Letters To The Editor - Trolley Bus or Royal Tiger?- Tony Hall, B'ham. The Silver Plate- Stan Haydock, Leyland. Burt Bros- Sandy Stewart, Victoria, Australia. Cheetahs and Titan TD7- Neil Pollard, Wolverhampton. Titan TD1, CH 9289- Allan Condie and John Bennett. BUT Trolley Buses- Irvine Bell, Lytham St. Annes. Leyland Terrier WLW- John C Thompson, Doncaster. Leyland T244- Gary Dwyer, Sompting. Farington Bodies, and Oil Engines- Allan Condie, Kinnoull. Warrington PD2s- Peter Greaves, Hook. Leyland Cub KP3, ABH 358- Gerald Emerton, Acton, Nantwich. Bush Rail Tractors and "Lokeys" - Bill Cowan, Dunedin NZ. Dunedin 6-Cylinder Fire Engine- Sandy Stewart, Australia. Windover Body Numbers- Neil Steele, Cheadle, Staffs. Adjustment of Regulators- David Griffiths, Australia. Finally, a Leyland Lion LSC1, found on eBay.
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Tailpiece - a picture of Fishwicks yard in 1939, featuring a Leyland bodied Lion, against a background of the saw tooth roof of The Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Co.
The rear cover - Manchester Corporation Titan TD5 FNA336 (Chassis No.301993) with 54 seater Leyland "Hybridge" body after an unfortunate rear-end accident.

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Leyland Torque 41 - Autumn 2008

 

Cover Picture - First production Atlantean which after it's first appearance at Earls Court went to join the rest of the Leylands at Wallasey Corporation.
Editorial - Material relating to Leyland Motors, death of Lord Stokes, Crich Gathering, our Website, and various other topics.
Leyland Society News - From the Chairman. Leylands at Crich. Membership Renewals. Subscriptions. AGM. Back No's of Torques. Leyland Motors Social & Athletic Club.
What Leyland's Doing - A further article on the present day activities at Leyland Trucks Assembly Plant. Now in it's 30th year, a ceremony to celebrate production of the 300,000th truck at the plant. Also, a visit from HRH Prince Michael of Kent to mark the Company's Environmental Achievements.
Lord Stokes - An obituary which was published by The Daily Telegraph.
Food For Thought - Wilf Dodds. 130, Leyland bodies on Titan PD1 and PD2. 158, W.G. Richardson & Son, Buckley, Flint (now Clwyd). 159. Manchester Atlanteans. 160, Leylands in South Africa. 161, Cuba Leylands (and AEC). 162, Unusual Leyland badge. 163, Emergency door windows. 164, Fuel tanks on Ribble buses.
Leyland Service Vehicles - Ron Phillips. The factories all had a fleet of these Shop Wagons as they were known, to bring supplies and parts in and out of the various plants. A short and well illustrated account.
Leyland Double Deck Bodies With Doors - Allan T. Condie. An in depth look at the subject of doors on these buses which was a feature on some buses since pre war days. Includes a table detailing known Leyland bodies fitted with doors either from new or rebuilt with the original owners
Leylands At Crich - Mike Sutcliffe, MBE. An illustrated account of this years very successful Gathering at The Crich Tramway Museum.
Centerfold - Photograph of the 8 Leyland Buses belonging to Mike Sutcliffe at this years Gathering at Crich.
Odd Bodies - Bob Kell. East Midland- Leyland TS7/TD4/TD5? BAL 606. OK Motor Services- Leyland Tiger TS8, HL 9078. Empress- Leyland Tiger TS4 WN 4370. Queens, Southport- Leyland Tiger TS1, WM 6120. C G Hill, Tredegar- Leyland Lion LT2 or LT3, HE 4761. Walls of Wigan- Leyland Tiger PS2/3, MTF 700. Boughton's- Leyland Tiger TS6, TL 2965. Excelsior- Bournemouth, Leyland Tiger TS2, CK 4090.The Great Levante. Leyland Cub KP, TF 8367. Hillside, Markyate, Leyland Tiger TS 7JB 7497. New Items. J Docherty & Sons Ltd.- Leyland Tiger TS, ATE 808. Bulls Head Coaches (of Portsmouth?).- Leyland Cub KP2, RV 6717. Healing's Tours Ltd. Oldham- Leyland Tiger, EK 8771. Tiger, Tigress, Lioness & Lioness Six. Various Responses resulting from the article on the Tigress TB1 in Torque No. 40. From Allan Townsin, Mike Sutcliffe, and Bernard Hayes.
My Life Driving Leylands. Part 2. - Lawrence Macduff. A very interesting and easy to read article by someone who only started to drive professionally after he retired. He tells us all about driving the later models, Nationals, Atlanteans, and others.
Letters To The Editor - Ex WCF Buffalo- Charles Jones, Chester. WD Hippos- Alan George, Hastings. Shop Wagons and Australian Buffalo- John Battersby, Bristol. Shop Wagon in Torque 40- Eric Muckley, Warrington. First War RFC/RAF Super Float Lorry- The Editor. Leyland Trucks- Robin Hannay, Crewe. Manchester TD5, 864 (Torque No. 40, rear cover), Peter Greaves Pollard Titan TD1- Michael Plunkett, Ashurst. Ribble TD5 & Pneumocyclic Demo, NTF 9- Bernard Hayes. Buses in Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia- Kathryn Heathcote. Mystery Wagon- David Pilcher, Felixstowe. Premier Line Tigers- Jasper Pettie. Greene King/Premier Tigers-Maurice Doggett, Purley. Journal No. 10, Accrington Tram- Philip Groves, St. Leonards on Sea. Journal No. 10, Trams again- Stewart Brett, Chesterfield. Worldmaster in Israel- Jacky Bar-Lev.
The rear cover - A Shell Octopus making a delivery to the South Works at Leyland.
Tailpiece - A line up of 8 pre war coaches belonging to the fleet of W. Robinson & Sons of Great Harwood and Blackburn. April '39.
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Leyland Torque 42 - Summer 2008

 

Cover Picture - A Simonds Brewery Leyland Beaver near Horse Guards in 1939.
Editorial - Slight change in the Editorial team, and thanks to Malcolm Margetts and other ex employees of Leyland Motors.
Leyland Society News - A summary of the replies to the recent Membership Questionnaire, and our new arrangements with the BCVM.
What Leyland's Doing - Steve Whelan, Leyland Trucks. A special occasion to mark the long service of 51 employees. An account of the event which was held at Wellington Park in Leyland.
Lunch with Lord Stokes - Mike Sutcliffe,MBE. Mike and Pat had the good fortune to be invited to Lord Stokes' home in Poole in October 2007. A very interesting account of the day out with Donald Stokes which reveals much of his life and particularly his time with Leyland Motors.
Food For Thought - Allan T. Condie. 145, Scout DRN 366. (Torque No. 37.) 147, Wrong Handed Engines (Torque No. 38). 159, Manchester Atlanteans (Torque No. 41). 160, South African Buses (Torque No. 41). 163, Emergency Door Windows (Torque No. 41). 164, Fuel Tanks on Ribble Buses (Torque No. 41). 165, Mystery Tiger Cub. 166, Five Speed Gearboxes. 167, Military Tigers.
G.J.Rackham And The Titan Lowbridge Body - Malcolm Thwaite. A detailed and well illustrated article relating to Rackhams contribution to the design of the Lowbridge Bus Body and that he in fact was the inventor of this type of body, not Michael Forrester.
Centerfold - A spectacular load of animal feed on a 1930 Leyland Buffalo.
Odd Bodies - Bob Kell. Excelsior, Bournemouth, Leyland Tiger TS2, CK 4090 (T'ques. 40,41). J. Docherty & Sons Ltd. Leyland Tiger TS7 ATE 808. (T'que No. 41). Bulls Head Coaches, Portsmouth. Leyland Cub KP RV 6717 (T'que NO.41). Healing's Tours Ltd, Oldham, Leyland Tiger EK 8771(T'que No.41) Brunt's(Hatfield?), Leyland Tiger TS2?, HJH 472. Pullman Motorways, Leyland Cub SKP,AGY 90x?. Holt, Rochdale, Leyland Tiger TS4,DK7886.
Letters To The Editor - Greene King Leylands, Maurice Doggett, Purley. Comet and Chieftain, Neil Mitchell, Freckleton. C40 Cab on Scammell, Gary Dwyer, Sompting, W. Sussex. Hardings of Birkenhead, Ron Phillips, Warrington. Scout PD2s with Doors, Peter Hesketh. Hippo Refueller, Chris Swindlehurst, Milnthorpe. Wallesey Atlantean No. 1, Colin Balls, Wrightington, Wigan. "What Leyland's Doing" etc, Andy Dingwall, Ludlow. Titan TD1 Demonstrator, T.B. Maund, Prenton, Birkenhead. Beaver Down Under, Phil Dixon, New Zealand.
My Life Driving Leylands. Part 3. - Lawrence Macduff. The author continues this series with this being the final part. Once again, we get a real and very readable insight into the technique and pleasure of driving these large passenger vehicles, including the Olympian.
Leyland Stand At Bus & Coach Show - Mike Sutcliffe, MBE. Mike took four of his Buses to this show, held recently at The NEC. The Stand attracted a lot of visitors including the Duke of Kent and The Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
The rear cover - View of the area around the rear door of an 8 ft. wide Ribble White Lady, Titan PD1/3
Tailpiece - Leyland Cub KP2 demonstrator 1931.
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