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Leyland Torque 2010

Details of the issues of Leyland Torque which were published in 2010.


Leyland Torque 47 - Spring 2010

 

Cover Picture - A 1965 PD2A/27 of Burnley, Colne & Nelson JTC with a "St. Helens" front.
Editorial - Photos of Blue Circle Cement Lorries. More contributions required for Food For Thought, and Odd Bodies.
Leyland Society News - Distribution problems with Leyland Torque. 2010 Leyland Gathering. Spare Parts & Technical Queries service.. The Transport Trust Awards 2010. Portsmouth Titan. What Leyland's Doing. Steve Whelan. Order from Royal Mail for 277 trucks, including the basic spec.
Ashok Leyland - Bhutan School Bus A short article and photo from John Bishop's son, Ian. John Bennett, Croydon. John Bennett. An interesting well illustrated 6 page article which traces the history of this southern coach company from 1932 until 1958. Lots of technical information of individual coaches.
In The Bleak Midwinter - Michael Plunkett. A schoolboy's winter journey on an open staired 1928 TD1.
The Leyland Lorries of Blue Circle Cement, Part 2. - 11 photos with text starting with a 1938 Beaver up to a Bison 2 of 1981.
Food For Thought - Allan T. Condie. 178. C.A.Wells. from Paul Lacey & Windy Gale. 188. Leyland DD bodies rebuilt with late type windows. 181 T.E. Short of Halifax. 182. When is a lion not a Lion?. 183. What is it? CEL 994.
Sheffield's "Gearless Buses" Part 2. - Keith Beeden. Problems with slipping torque converters solved and a detailed account of driving a gearless bus on route No. 3, Outer Circle.
Pochin And The Leyland Tigers - Mike Fenton. A short account of the 6 bodies built by Pochin's on PS1 chassis. (NB Pochins also owned a twin engined Morava aircraft, which I had the pleasure of flying, often with "Mr. Arthur" on board. DLB).
Centerfold - 4 Leyland Bodied Titans of Barton.
Odd Bodies - Bob Kell. Argosy Coaches, Leyland Tiger TS8 FLM 429. Stevenson, Uttoxeter, Leyland Tiger TS3 WG 37. G W Austin Ltd, Woodseaves, Beadle-Leyland, 968 ARF. Smalls, Birmingham, Leyland Royal Tiger, LOH 854. New Items. Four Leyland Cubs. Corona, Sudbury, No 16 Leyland Cub, KP, GV 883. Hawkey Newquay? Leyland Cub KP, BAF 453. LCW, Landeilo, Leyland Cub KP, TH 4330. (Operator?) Leyland Cub SKP, RJ 9631.
The 11th. Year In Preservation - D C G Vine. An account of the restoration of an ex Sussex Coastline Leyland National 2, Fleet No. 123.
Leyland, BUT, And The DMU - Allan Condie. A detailed account of the Company's involvement with Diesel Railcars, which began in 1938 with the LMS.
Letters To The Editor - Leyland Cub, RG 8576 From Jim King, Billericay. Puzzle Picture, Torque No. 46, page 47, From Peter Greaves. Australian Leylands From Phil Dixon, Down Under. Lancashire Cotton Corporation From Denis Kay. Southampton Olympian From Neil Wilson. Titan/Tiger Transmission Noises. From Chris Nelson, Chorley. Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, From Michael Williams, Gloucester.
Sales & Wants - Adverts.
Tailpiece - A photo of The Leyland Body Shop at South Works full of Trolley Buses for London.
The rear cover - A photo taken in 1933 of an early forward control Beaver. Belonged to A. Whittaker of Burnley.

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Leyland Torque 48 - Summer 2010

 

Cover Picture - A Leyland Constructor lightweight model of the late 1980s
Editorial - Lorry photos and Haulage Firms. 50th issue of Leyland Torque, possibly with some colour photos of Jersey Motor Transport.
Leyland Society News - Charitable Status. An update. 2010 AGM-Sunday 7th November, at Coventry Museum, 1 PM, please note, Gathering of Leylands at the BCVM, on 10th/11th July 2010. Full details of this event.
What Leyland's Doing - Leyland Trucks- Innovation for the future. Steve Whelan. In conjunction with a key customer, Ryder, the Company has developed a new lightweight variant of the current in-house body constructed from honeycombed composite panels. Following on from this the Company has developed a lightweight aluminium body sub frame option. Also, the Company's 1000th factory bodied vehicle to Ryder PLC.
The Leyland Torque Converter - Neil Steele. Neil was fortunate enough to own a 1930's single decker "Gearless Bus", as the lettering on the radiator told us. First of all a description of the cab and what it was like to drive the bus, followed by an in depth look at the Torque Converter itself and some problems experienced by operators. All very readable.
Leyland Platform Lorries - Peter Davies. A set of 11 photos taken by Peter from the late 1950's onwards. All with detailed accompanying texts.
Food For Thought - Allan T. Condie. 180, Leyland DD bodies with late type windows. 181, T.E. Short of Halifax. 182, When is a Lion not a Lion? 183, What is it? 184, Worldmasters Wanted.185, A Wartime Exercise. 186, Mystery Rear-engined Chassis.
Post-War Lions PSR1/1 & LPSR1/1 - Steve Palmano. A very interesting and detailed look at Leyland's development of their underfloor engined buses.
Centerfold - An Interim Beaver 12.1B belonging to T E Short & Sons Halifax, loading up at a mill.
Odd Bodies - Bob Kell. Stevenson, Uttoxeter, Leyland Tiger TS3, WG 37. Smalls, Birmingham, Leyland Royal Tiger, LOH 854. Chinery, Acton, Suffolk, No. 16, Leyland Cub KP3, GV 883. Webber, Blisland, Bodmin, Leyland Cub KP2, BAF 453. LCW, Landeilo, Leyland Cub KP2, TH 4330. J Martin, Salford, Leyland Cub SKP2, RJ 9631. J Robbins, Easington Lane,Co. Durham, Leyland Tiger TS7 MNY 96. Scottish Motor Traction, Leyland Titan TD5, CS 7024. Bere Regis & District, Leyland Tiger, LMG 734. Blue Bus Service Ltd, Slough, Leyland Tiger, JXT 492. Bizarre Bodies. 2 extremely odd looking Leylands.
G. J. Rackham & Leyland Motors - (Also Incorporating Six-wheelers, Karrier & Sheffield). Geoff Lumb. In 1926, Rackham was appointed Chief Engineer. The author unearths some facts surrounding Rackham's wanderings in the mid nineteen twenties.
For Sale - O.600 Engine Oil Filters, and a 1933 Beaver.
Letters To The Editor - Tiger/Titan Transmission Noises, Malcolm Margetts. Lion in Tasmania, Steve Milner, Lincoln. Octopus Tankers in Jersey, Derek Vivian. Lancashire Cotton Corporation Livery, Denis Kay. Comet in Australia, Phil Dixon. Whiteleys' Leyland RAF Type, Alan Lambert. Brewery Lorries & Cabs, Alan Townsin. Sheffield/Bennett, Croydon Peter Geaves. Holdsworths, Robin Hannay. Tesco Leyland Olympians, Ken Davis. Wartime Coach Operations, Ron Phillips.
Tailpiece - A photo of a cream coloured Liverpool Corp. PD2/20/Alexander.
The rear cover - A Maidstone & District PD2/12 at the Festival of Britain in 1951.

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Leyland Torque 49 - Autumn 2010

 

Cover Picture - A Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Co Leyland Titan PD1A.
Editorial - Two obituaries, John Bishop & Wilf Dodds. Food for Thought, and Torque No. 50 will be in colour.
Leyland Society News - Society Magazine distribution, to be done by a mailing house. Charitable Status making good progress. Leyland Society AGM: Sun 7th Nov. Society Gathering, Leyland, 11th July 2010.
John Darbyshire Bishop & Wilf Dodds - Obituaries.
What Leyland's Doing - Steve Whelan. For the second year running, Leyland Trucks has been the overall winner in the Manufacturing Awards. Includes some production facts and figures over the last 30 years.
Food For Thought - Allan T. Condie. 179, Mystery Leyland Six-wheeler. 180, Leyland DD bodies with late type windows. 181, T.E.Short of Halifax. 182, When is a Lion not a Lion?. 183, What is it?. 184, Worldmasters Wanted. 185, A Wartime Exercise. 186, A Mystery Rear-engined Chassis. 187, Liverpool PD 2's. 188, Pegaso Leyland?. 189, Surviving Royal Tigers.
The Dromedary and the Thompson BP Autotanker - Neil D. Steele. In 1959, BP Trading Ltd together with Thompson Bros and Leyland were trying to solve the problem of the high unladen weight of the 8 wheel fuel tanker. Leyland's part was the Dromedary chassis. Neil gives an in depth look at this interesting vehicle, which included the driver's entrance door on the front face of the cab below the windscreens..
An Errant Lion is Captured - John Shearman. A rare Spanish bodied coach, one of just 5 Lions, 2 in Israel and 2 in New Zealand. A short account with a photo from Ron Phillips.
Centerfold - A Midland Red LD8 by the entrance to the South Works in May, 1953.
Odd Bodies - Bob Kell. Webber, Blisland, Bodmin, Leyland Cub KP2, BAF 453. J Martin, Salford Leyland Cub SKPZ2, RJ 9631. J Robbins, Easington Lane, Durham, Leyland TS7, MNY 96. Scottish Motor Traction, Leyland Titan TD5, CS 7024. Bere Regis & Dist., Leyland Tiger TS8, LMG 734. Blue Bus Service, Slough, Leyland Tiger PS1/1, JXT 492. New Items. McLennan, Spittalfield, Perth, Leyland Badger TA4, GS 2157. London Transport, Leyland Tigers, AG 4145 & VA 8890. McLennan, Spittalfield, Perth, No. 39, Leyland Tiger PS1, CGS 293. Pilot Coaches, High Wycombe, Leyland Royal Tiger, PBH 18. "Blackpool Tower", Leyland Royal Tiger, LCD 201. "Royal Iris", Leyland Titan PD1A, AHF 365.
T.E. Short & Sons Ltd, Halifax - Mike Sutcliffe MBE. A short history of this Yorkshire haulier who commenced operations in 1916 and was forced to go out of business in 1982 due to the decline in the woollen industry. Many photos and a chassis list.
Letters To The Editor - Lincoln LT1 Lions. Steve Milner, Lincoln. Sheffield Leyland Nationals, Richard Lukey, Malton. More Leyland Nationals, Richard Lukey, Malton. Sheffield Titans, Keith Beeden, Sheffield.
Various Sales Items
Tailpiece - A 1939 Manchester Corporation Leyland Bodied Titan TD5, with a streamlined paint scheme.
The rear cover - A close up taken from above a 1953 Octopus new to Jos. Sumner & Co, Chorley, Lancs.

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Leyland Torque 50 - Summer 2010

 

Cover Picture - A 1954 Beaver 12.B/1 making a pub delivery in Liverpool in May 1966
Editorial - Colour Photographs in this issue for the first time, resulting in a slightly different layout.
Leyland Torque - Some historical notes by Mike Sutcliffe MBE. Mike tells us about the Company's first in house magazine, also called Leyland Torque, first published in Sept. 1919.
Leyland Society News - Society Magazine Distribution is now done by a mailing house. Charitable Status, and our next years Gathering at Gaydon on 17th. July.
What Leyland's Doing - Some information on the background of Leyland Trucks Managing Director, Ms. Andrea Paver, who has agreed to take up the post of Hon. President of The Leyland Society.
Cat Badges - Leyland's Street Jewellery. Mike Sutcliffe MBE. From the mid 1920's, Leyland named most of their vehicles after animals, and many after members of the cat family. One of the first of these was of course the "Lion". This 12 page article is well illustrated with many of the photographs in colour.
Food For Thought - Allan T. Condie. 184, Worldmasters Wanted. 190, Leyland-engined Graders. 191, Strange Leyland Artic.
Topical Trucks - Four pages of colour photos from Neil Steele & Peter Davies.
Centerfold - A rare colour photo of a Leyland bodied Royal Tiger PSU1/13 pictured in front of the Osbaldeston Almshouses in Fox Lane, Leyland in June 1952
Odd Bodies - Bob Kell. Scottish Motor Traction, Leyland Titan TD5, CS 7024. "Royal Iris" Leyland Titan PD1, AHF 365. McLennan, Spittalfield, Leyland Badger TA4, GS 2157. London Transport, Leyland Tigers, AG 4145, VA 8890. McLennan, Spittalfield, No. 39, Leyland PS1, CGS 293. Pilot Coaches, High Wycombe, Royal Tiger, PBH 18. New Items. NIRTB/Ulster Transport Authority, Leyland Titans. New Zealand Tiger Movan.
"Insist on Mary Ann" - A saga by Michael Plunkett. An account of 4 young men's visit to Jersey to sample the delights of the buses of that Island. I can only describe this as a delightful and very readable article. It not only contains a host of information on the Buses of Jersey in the late 50's, but lots of other things as well, such as the flight over to the Island in a BEA Pionair Dakota in the Summer of '57. Well illustrated with a lot of the photos in colour.
A Selection in Colour - 5 pages of colour photos of Leyland Vehicles spanning the years.
What might have been - Gary Dwyer. A detailed look at the Company's Gas Turbine Truck, which was introduced at the 1970 Commercial Motor Show., powered by a 2 shaft engine with a power turbine. The other vehicle, a demonstrator produced 10 years later, was a vision of a delivery truck of the future. A description of the many interesting features of this medium weight vehicle.
Tailpiece - The GT 11. The Gas Turbine Truck Restored by Knowles Transport.
Various Sales Items - Leyland Society Items For Sale.
The rear cover - August 1959: The editor (centre) at the age of 16 with a group of enthusiasts in Jersey, admiring the elderly Leylands.

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