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Restored 1965 Thames Trader Tipper Lorry
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No: 3684   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 2017
Restored 1965 Thames Trader Tipper Lorry

The photograph is courtesy of Jimmy McKenna, New Galloway, who started restoring this lorry after purchase in 1999.
Jimmy has used a later date logo of the Forestry Commission as it was more easily available. The restoration is in many ways a tribute to his father William Caig McKenna known universally as ‘Wag’ who started working in1964 as a tipper lorry driver with the Forestry Commission Road section at (St John’s Town of ) Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway and in later years operated a self propelled drilling rig before retiring in 1998.

Jimmy explains;

‘‘Yes, my dad (nicknamed Wag from his school days) started with the FC in September 1964 with the Dalry Roads as it was then in the South West (it changed name a few times I think ended as West ACE roads) and he retired in May 1998.

His first job was as a tipper driver on a Mk 1 Trader and then he got a new Mk2 in 1965 progressing to a very modern Bedford KM tipper in the late sixties.
He then moved to the plant side drilling and blasting rock for most of his career working latterly with a self propelled drilling rig.

My dad liked a wee dram at the weekends and could spin a good tale in the pub about his escapades at work. What would Health and Safety say now!!

My first driving experience, at age five or six, was in my Dad’s Mk2 Trader was I when sitting in it by myself on a Saturday ‘broom brooming’ away merrily. I let the handbrake off and it ran across the car park just missing a parked car, bounced off the kerb and stopped.

I jumped out (according to my mum) and ran away. Mum then had to go to the pub to get my dad to move it and unblock the road into our scheme.

I was well warned after that not to touch the handbrake!!’’

‘‘When I got this lorry home I wished I never seen it as the work on it increased by the week as did the detection of rust. But it has been mechanically sound and not had anything apart from an odd oil seal here and there. I have had the lorry at Kirby Stephen at the Easter weekend where it created a lot of interest and won a prize at Lockerbie last weekend.’’

Check out the attached PDF (small text button on bottom right of picture) to see the Trader is various stages of restoration.

Any memories of driving these tippers in the FC Road Squad would be very welcome.
Picture added on 11 May 2017 at 09:59
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