The long gone Salford Docks was one of the main collection points for imported American Caterpillar heavy plant machinery.
Foden 4X2 tractor unit Reg No KDB 703, driven by Brian Daniels, pulls out of Salford Docks loaded with a Caterpillar 16 Motor Grader.
Introduced in 1963 the Caterpillar 16 Motor Grader was only ever manufactured in the USA, thus all examples found operating in the UK would have been imported from America.
Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WJA 131 is pictured here on Salford Docks along with several other of Beck's vehicles awaiting the docking of a Manchester Liners ship with American built Caterpillar equipment on board.
Beck's always had a large number of trailers available when a ship docked which saved Caterpillar a fortune in quayside storage.