Category Archives: Friendships

Could things really get worse?

On a very cold, snowy and windy Sunday morning in January 1985, a scaffold at the Rabone Chesterman site was blown over just as we were about to leave site. After the cleanup, we had the remaining scaffolds inspected to … Continue reading

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Doors close – Doors open

After the shock and disappointment of not being awarded the Birmingham Airport contract, we gathered our senses, once more then we were off again. A Laing subsidiary EPL International Ltd Midlands Depot was based in our premises at Stechford, needless … Continue reading

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The things that we have to do.

The Packington Land Fill Site near Coleshill, formerly a sand and gravel quarry, I remember as a boy going with my Father when he would collect materials from the quarry in the 1950s. Now as a Land Fill it was … Continue reading

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Playing away from home

The next Hypermarket was in Bristol, meant that additional Plant was required to cope with the work. Cat D8H tractors c/w 463G and 435F towed scrapers, were purchased, larger Low Loaders were required to transport the ever increasing fleet. D8H … Continue reading

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My first acquisition

In 1971 we decided to replace our AEC Mercury Tractor Unit with a new heavier Tractor Unit. I found such a vehicle at Commercial Motors, Clay Cross, an Atkinson Borderer powered by a Rolls Royce Eagle diesel engine, David Brown … Continue reading

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Something’s Burning?

The 955F`s were updated with Cat 951`s, Case 750`s, 850`s also Case 1000`s and Komatsu D50s tracked loaders being purchased as business continued to flourish and expand. A large contract with the Ministry of Public Works at Whittington Barracks near … Continue reading

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Floods, friends and a diesel Land Rover!

One evening in the spring of 1967 we received a phone call from Peter Rowe, who owned a motorboat, which he moored on the River Severn near Tewkesbury. There had been a period of exceptionally heavy rain that had caused … Continue reading

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