FG Foden S18 Reg No HGB 631
Originally built and registered new to Pickfords on the 12th of January 1950 FG Foden S18 6x4 Reg No HGB 631 was purchased second-hand in 1955 after de-nationalisation.
With 6x4 drive, an unladen weight of 14 tons and a top speed of 12 miles per hour it served Beck's well for many years.
As can be seen in this gallery the vehicle was at first operated in its original Pickford's livery for a time before being given a Contractors Manchester livery in 1956 finally receiving an Edward Beck & Son Ltd livery in 1958.
Click on any image to view full size.
Foden S18 6x4 ballast tractor, Reg No HGB 631 makes it's way up Liverpool Road towards Deansgate in Manchester in 1955.
Today the building on the right houses Manchesters 'Museum of Science and Industry.
Pictured on the Foden are from left to right Len Etherington, George Holloway (driver) and Jack Daintey.
To see this exact location today click HERE
Foden S18 6x4 ballast tractor Reg No HGB 631, still in it's original Pickfords livery, is seen here hauling one of the many purpose built trailers that Edward Beck built in house at their own extensive workshops in Stockport.
With a large steel tank on board it is negotiating a right turn at the junction of Liverpool Road, Deansgate and Great Bridgewater Street in the centre of Manchester in 1955.
Another shot showing Foden S18 6x4 ballast tractor, Reg No HGB 631 negotiating a right turn at the junction of Liverpool Road, Deansgate and Great Bridgewater Street in the centre of Manchester in 1955.
To view this exact location today click HERE.
FG Foden S18 6x4 ballast tractor, Reg No HGB 631 is now on the outskirts of Manchester hauling the wide load seen in the previous pictures.
The driver is George Holloway, mate Jack Dainty and wearing the white cap is another of Beck's drivers Len Etherington who had previously worked with Edward Beck at Thomas Nield & Son Ltd until 1948.
A young Teddy Beck takes time out for a photograph in FG Foden S18 6x4 heavy duty tractor Reg No HGB 631.
Seen here in 1955, later that same year it would go into the company's paint shop and receive the familiar Edward Beck & Son Ltd livery as can be in the picture below.
Fresh out of the paint shop, after receiving its striking Beck 'Parsons Primrose Yellow' livery in 1955, ex Pickford's FG Foden S18 6x4 heavy duty tractor unit Reg No HGB 631 is seen here parked on Whitworth Street in Manchester.
Destination Port Talbot
Below are series of photographs taken in 1958 showing FG Foden S18 Reg No HGB 631 hauling a load through the centre of Manchester destined for Port Talbot in South Wales.
The 110 foot long 33 ton steel vessel was manufactured by R & J Dempster of Manchester.
In this second photograph we see FG Foden S18 Reg No HGB 631 making a right turn off Great Ancoats Street on to Newton Street in the centre of Manchester.
The building in the top left of the picture was the Daily Express printing works.
At the bottom of Newton Street HGB 631 turns on to Piccadilly in the centre of Manchester.
In those days there was no alternative route for heavy vehicles to avoid Manchester city centre as the M60 orbital motorway and A57 (M) Mancunian Way Manchester by-pass did not exist at that time.