13 thoughts on “Large Load c1984

  1. THIS WAS A NITRIC ACID COLUMN FOR ICI IT STARTED OUT FROM HEAD WRIGHTSON’S IN TRAFALGAR STREET EARLY ON THE MORNING AND ARRIVED AT THE CAR PARK OF THE ICI OFFICE BLOCK ON BELASIS AVENUE JUST PAST THE SYNTHONIA CLUB ABOUT TWO OR THREE O’CLOCK WITH A CROWD OF PEOPLE SOME WHO HAD FOLLOWED IT FROM THORNABY. IT WAS TAKEN DOWN THE SLIP ROAD AT NORTON TO THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE A19 THEN ONTO THE SLIP ROAD OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE A19 THEN UP BILLINGHAM BANK FOLLOWED BY A MASSIVE CROWD OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE FULL WIDTH OF THE ROAD. THE ROUNDABOUT AT THE RED LION HAD A TRACK MADE RIGHT THROUGH THE CENTRE SO THAT IT COULD GO STRAIGHT THROUGH.

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  2. I was looking at this photo and thinking to myself “I’m sure I was stood in Norton Road that day when it went past, when I expanded the photo there’s me stood on the middle intersection with my daughter Sara 13, and son David 8, we are stood closest to the the passenger cab door of the Sunters towing artic. This load was from Heads and came from there often on the wrong side of the road, this was to make it easier to get around roundabouts. It was making for ICI, Billingham.

    My older brother John Wilson (decd) worked for Sunter Transport, Northallerton, as a look out man for 3 years, his job was to watch out for road bollards, tree branches, overhead wires etc, most trips he made were to the south east, it took them 4.5 days to get to London at about 5 ground MPH, there was 6 men in the cab, with 5 of them playing cards all the way down the A1 dual carriageways and having to stop the game and jump out at roundabouts to guide the driver around obstructions.

    The Old A1, was the main route for Sunter large loads, (motorways were banned) Commenced in 1921 the A1 was the King of A roads, 410 miles long connecting Edinburgh with London, it originated as a Roman Road connecting York (Eboracum) the *Capital of England*, to a dismal backwater known as London (Londinium). The A1 was called the Ermine Road, later the Old North Road, then following road improvements “The Great North Road”. Our Scotch Corner Junction was famous in its day as the turn off for the A66 west, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands.

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  3. This looks like a very large Pressure vessel that could have been fabricated at Ashmores or Head Wrightsons, Did Riley Boilers fabricate Pressure vessels for the Petro Chemical Industry ?.

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  4. Similar large loads would also have been transported by Pickfords heavy haulage. They were based in Church Road just near the junction with Portrack Lane. Some of their loads were boilers from Rileys boilers and it was not uncommon for the traffic lights and bollards at the junction of the High Street and Yarm Lane be removed to allow such large loads to turn the corner. Most of the tractor units used by Pickfords were Scammell Contractors with the occasional Thornycroft Antar.

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  5. Super picture, Sunter Bros were based in Northallerton, just over the railway crossing at the station, now a housing estate. I used to deliver stationary to them in the 70’s, when I worked for F.H Stevens in Thornaby. I would always fly around the rest of my jobs to make them my last drop so that I could spend as much time as possible there simply taking in the immense size of these incredible titans. I remember being blown away the first time that I saw a 64 wheel Nicolas trailer that was parked in the yard, close to a Scammell Contractor, what an outfit that was.

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  6. Strangely I have a similar set of photographs of a load like this going up Billingham Bank and along Belasis Avenue. But it is a different cylinder, with lots of pipework on the outside, so I assume there must have been more than one of these loads.

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  7. I might be wrong but I think this was at the time the largest load ever moved by road, one of the last jobs that Head Wrightson completed before I.T.M took over the business I believe it was destined for the ICI, Norman Skirving and his team were responsible for that job being completed on time and on budget, I remember we all had a big celebration in the Swallow Hotel afterwards.

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  8. Is this the load that was going to Russia from Hartlepool & tipped over at about Wolviston, then the Russians would not have it repaired.

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  9. This picture is taken at the end of Keithlands Avenue opposite Plants the butchers and Keithlands Pet shop. The large load must have been heading towards Billingham on the wrong side of the road.

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