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Aberdeen Banffshire road – Gale 1953
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No: 2539   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1953
Aberdeen Banffshire road – Gale 1953

This Aberdeen Journals Photograph is courtesy of Aberdeen Journals and Forestry Commission, Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District who hold the image.

This slightly amusing photograph shows the scale of the road blockage problem following the gale on 31 January. The precise location is not stated and the broken road sign is unreadable.

Note the telephone pole trapped in the middle of the devastation with something close to 60 separate wires, the stay pole across the road, the interlocked trees and the great difficulty of getting access to the stems and enough room for two men to cut with handsaws. The little breakdown truck pressed into service is now doubt an example of what was tried in thousands of instances to help try and sort out and clear the mess.

Can anyone name the type of truck?
Picture added on 11 June 2014
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The truck looks like one of the Canadian Military Pattern variants?

Added by Will Anderson on 11 June 2014.
The Truck is a Guy 'Quad Ant', ex War department.

Added by Jimmy Thain on 13 June 2014.
Either a Foden or International

Added by Hamish Kemp on 26 January 2015.
Safety last back then, try the winch rope lower down the truck.

Added by Leslie Phillip on 25 January 2016.
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