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Pickfords' Diamond T by Mike Jeffries


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The Diamond T 980 was designed originally for the British Army during World War 2 as a ballast tractor to pull tank-transporter trailers and as such did sterling service in almost every theatre of the conflict except the Pacific where such vehicles were not needed.

After the War many Diamond Ts soldiered on for a futher 30 years with the military but many surplus vehicles found their way onto the civilain market where hauliers at the heavier end of the business found them ideal for their purposes.

One such concern was Pickfords, now Nationalised, who had 12 Diamond Ts after having had experience of using them during the War on vital war work with examples given to them by the Ministry of Supply from the R.A.O.C. Slough.

Here we see reg.No EGG 160, a vehicle acquired in 1949, moving a 60-ton boiler from Greenock in 1954 just one of the numerous heaviest and spectacular loads handled by these venerable lorries up to the late fifties

R.A.O.C.? Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 5 years ago

    Complete with Police escort Velocette Motorcyle too Mike. Another excellent painting. Pickfords also had some Scammels too didn’t they? – Ted

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 5 years ago

    Love the detail and if you are like me enjoy doing the research of a bygone era.
    I’m into WW2 aircraft.
    Cheers Neil

  • Thanks Woodie, but I hardly need to research because unfortuneatly I am from a bygone age!

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 5 years ago

    I’m glad your memory is still up to scratch Mike!!!
    Cheers Neil

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAabout 5 years ago

    love the police motorcycle. I’m guessing it would have been a BSA?

  • Most likely or even a Royal Enfield!

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Diamond04
    Diamond04almost 4 years ago

    Dear Mike. Have just seen the Pickfords Diamond T, would like to add this to my colelction of Rothbury Greetings cards colelction, is this a new Rothbury card?.

  • Mike Jeffries
    Mike Jeffriesalmost 4 years ago

    Rothbury hasn’t purchased the rights to this one yet so perhaps the redbubble version might do?

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