Scammell


From the very early days, in July 1953, when Edward Beck formed Contractors (Transport) Ltd through to becoming Edward Beck & Son Ltd in 1958 Scammell was another vehicle make that was prominent in the Edward Beck fleet.


Below are a few eamples of the various Scammell tractor unit's & prime moversthe company operated between 1953 and 1970.


1954 and early days at Edward Beck saw Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GXC 466 on the outskirts of London with a large packing case on board containing parts for an English Electric built Canberra Jet Bomber.


 In the livery of Contractors (Transport) Ltd, one of Edward Beck's originally owned companies, this particular Scammell tractor unit was purchased second hand in 1953 and served the company well for many years through to the mid 1960's.


Another shot of Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GXC 466, pictured on the outskirts of London, with a large packing case on board containing parts for an English Electric built Canberra Jet Bomber.


Standing on the left is Jack Mayo who was Edward Beck's first London manager.


1955 and Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GLD 671 is seen here in the livery of Contractors (Transport) Ltd, which was one of Edward Beck's originally owned companies that concentrated on heavy haulage.


It is followed by another early Edward Beck vehicle, an Atkinson 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ABR 350, still in Pickford's livery, as they make there way through Eastleigh transporting a pair of RAF Sea Plane Tender's which were destined for the Royal Air Force in Southampton.


Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GLD 671 and Atkinson 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ABR 350, still in Pickford's livery, lay over awaiting a police escort into Southampton while transporting a pair of RAF Sea Plane Tender's.


Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GLD 671 is pictured here parked up awaiting a police escort into Southampton while transporting an RAF Sea Plane Tender.


This was one of two Sea Plane Tender's transported at the time the other one being hauled by Atkinson 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ABR 350 which can be seen parked behind.


Another shot of Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GLD 671 this time pictured nearer to home parked on Whitworth Street in Manchester while loaded with International Drott shovels.


 In those days Whitworth Street, adjacent to Central Station in Manchester, was a designated overnight parking area for heavy goods vehicles.


1956 and Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GXC 446 is pictured at the premises of Robert Watson Ltd Bolton after loading up with a large steel vessel destined for the Kellogg's cereals factory at Trafford Park Manchester.


 Taking time out for a photograph are, left to right Albert Wesley and Emmanuel (Manny) Hodgkinson.


Edward Beck's Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GXC 466 makes it's way slowly down the A56 Deansgate in the centre of Manchester in 1956 while heading a convoy of wide loads.


The Scammell is in the livery of Contractors (Transport) Ltd, which was one of Edward Beck's originally owned companies.


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Another shot of Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GXC 466 as it makes a left turn off Deansgate on to Liverpool Road in the centre of Manchester in 1956.


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Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GXC 466 is pictured here again this time at the junction of Stockport Road and Apethorn Road on the A627 in Gee Cross in 1959.


It is hauling a low-loader with a large steel vessel on board which was manufactured at the nearby factory of Daniel Adamson and Co of Dukinfield.


 The two tower wagons, a Thornycroft Sturdy from SHMD and at the rear a Bedford from Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation, were in attendance (along with their overhead line crews), for the high load to pass beneath the trolleybus overhead wiring at the terminus, with some upward raising necessary for safe clearance of the load.


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Another shot of Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GXC 466 as it leads a convoy of three Edward Beck vehicles heading towards Manchester on a winters day in 1959.


All the vehicles are loaded with steel vessels manufactured by Daniel Adamson and Co of Dukinfield.


Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GLD 671 brings up the rear of the convoy consisting of three loads of large steel vessels manufactured by Daniel Adamson and Co of Dukinfield. 


Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GXC 466 is pictured here in 1960 after under going major refurbishment which included a complete new paint job.


Pictured left to right is Stan Barker, who would later become Edward Beck's service manager, and apprentice mechanic a young Eric Bluff.


Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GLD 671, hauling a step frame trailer, is pictured parked outside the company's depot on Greg Street Stockport in 1956.


On board the trailer is a U.S. Air Force Coleman CF-55-AF Aircraft Tug which had been collected from the U.S.A.F. storage base at Burtonwood for onward delivery to the U.S. Airforce base at Mildenhall near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.


Built by two American companies Federal (F-55-AF) and Coleman (CF-55-AF) these tugs were made up of two GM cabs welded together, had 4-wheel steering and were powered by a Buda LO-525 6cyl engine producing 125 bhp


Scammell tractor unit Reg No GLD 671 served the company well for many years covering many miles even making the odd trip across the channel to Europe during the late 1950's.


It is pictured here on the 3rd of March 1958 reversing on to the Empire Baltic at Tilbury docks with a load destined for Siegen in Germany.


Flanked by a pair of König vehicles 4X2 Scammell tractor unit Reg No GLD 671 with a load destined for Siegen in Germany, is pictured here parked on the quayside at the port of Antwerp on the 4th of March 1958.


 The two König vehicles are ex -American forces International Harvester IH-542's, both of which were originally 4x2 tractor units and had been converted to 6x2 tractor units.


The 6th of March 1958 and this on the road shot of Scammell tractor unit Reg No GLD 671 shows it arriving at Siegen in Germany after covering a distance of 188 miles from the port of Antwerp.


The driver of Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HYF 623 takes time out for a photograph while parked up on Greg Street Stockport in 1961.


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Another shot of Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HYF 623.


 This time it is pictured parked in the depot at Greg Street while coupled up to a single axle trailer loaded with a huge packing case destined for export via Liverpool Docks.


A nice colour shot of Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HYF 613 pictured her parked up in the depot at Greg Street.


After being in service for a number of years this vehicle later became the yard shunter at Stockport as can be seen in the picture below. 


Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HYF 613 is seen here after it had been relegated to yard shunter in the depot at Greg Street.


Photograph courtesy of the late Roger Kenney and Roundoak Publishing.


A convoy of 4x2 Scammell tractor units are seen here in 1961 on the A580 East Lancashire Road in Liverpool.


 Each one is hauling a low-loader with a large steel oil storage tank on board.


 The large steel tanks were built at the factory of Daniel Adamson and Co of Dukinfield.


Edward Beck & Son Ltd were often called upon by Daniel Adamson to transport most of the large steel structures the company manufactured at their factory.


Scammell 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WJA 131, a brand new addition to the fleet in 1962, is seen here in 1964 coupled up to low-loader Fleet No 49 while parked outside the depot on Greg Street in Stockport.


Parked in Edward Beck's depot on Greg Street Stockport in May 1964 Scammell Highwayman 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WJA 131 is seen hauling a four-in-line low-loader with a steam locomotive on board.


 The standard-gauge 0-4-0ST steam locomotive, named Hawarden, had been collected from the John Summers Globe Iron Works at Stalybridge were it had been used for more than 60 years as a shunter around the large five acre site.


Destined for the Penrhyn Castle Locomotive Museum near Bangor in North Wales Hawarden was built in 1899, rebuilt in 1948, is 24 foot long and weighs more than 21 tons.


Scammell Highwayman 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WJA 131 heads north on the A6 on the long climb up towards Shap in Cumbria in 1965 on it's way to Scotland loaded with two drums of AEI electric cable.


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Seen here on the B6266 Entwisle Road in Rochdale, en-route to Hollingworth Lake, is 1962 registered Scammell Highwayman 4x2 ballast tractor Reg No WJA 131 hauling two huge steel bridge beams destined for the Rakewood Viaduct during construction of the trans Pennine M62 motorway in 1968.


The Scammell was driven at the time by Jack Bradshaw with Ged Hardy pictured riding on the front bogie.


This particular photograph is courtesy of the late Roger Kenney & Roundoak Publishing.


Another shot Scammell Highwayman 4x2 ballast tractor Reg No WJA 131 hauling two huge steel bridge beams destined for the Rakewood Viaduct during construction of the trans Pennine M62 motorway in 1968.


 It is seen here parked up on the B6225 opposite 'The Beach' public house, adjacent to Hollingworth Lake, waiting to proceed up the single track Rakewood Road to the construction site of the Rakewood viaduct.


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This particular photograph is courtesy of the late Roger Kenney & Roundoak Publishing.


Scammell Highwayman 4x2 ballast tractor Reg No WJA 131 driven by Brian Daniels is is seen here hauling two huge steel bridge beams destined for the Rakewood Viaduct during construction of the trans Pennine M62 motorway in 1968.


Guided by drivers mate Graham Phillips it is pictured here heading up the narrow single track Rakewood Road as it makes it's way to the construction site of the Rakewood viaduct.


This 1967 registered Scammell Constructor 6x6 heavy haulage ballast tractor Reg No HJA 148F was named 'Katy' after Teddy Beck's eldest daughter Kathryn.


This particular vehicle was purchased brand new by Edward Beck from Scammell Motors and came onto the fleet late in 1967 as a replacement for the S20 Foden 6X4 ballast tractor Reg No ODB 793 'Big Bopper', which was destroyed by fire on the M6 motorway earlier that same year.


Scammell Constructor 6x6 heavy haulage ballast tractor Reg No HJA 148F named 'Katy' is seen here in 1970 after collecting a 1850 H.P Diesel Electric Locomotive from the Vulcan Works at Newton-le-Willows.


 The locomotive was destined for Ghana Railways & Ports in South Africa.


Scammell Constructor 6x6 heavy haulage ballast tractor Reg No HJA 148F heads off to Liverpool Docks after collecting a 1850 H.P Diesel Electric Locomotive from the nearby Vulcan Works at Newton-le-Willows.


The locomotive was one of many transported by Beck's in 1970 that were destined for Ghana Railways & Ports in South Africa.


Another shot of Scammell Constructor 6x6 heavy haulage ballast tractor Reg No HJA 148F named 'Katy'.


Seen here on the A49 Mill Lane, adjacent to Newton-le-Willows railway station. it is hauling a 1850 H.P Diesel Electric Locomotive from the nearby Vulcan Works destined for Ghana Railways & Ports in South Africa.


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Another cracking on the road shot of Scammell Constructor 6x6 ballast tractor  'Katy'  Reg No HJA 148F this time seen here heading home up the M6 while hauling a pair of empty dolly trailers.


Steersman John Waddle is pictured at the rear of Scammell Constructor 6x6 ballast tractor 'Katy' Reg No HJA 148F as it passes through Reddish while transporting a 'Born' process heater manufactured by William Keynon & Sons Ltd of Dukinfield Cheshire.


This superb model of Edward Beck's Scammell Reg No HJA 148F 'Katy' was painstakingly made by ex Becks driver's mate Graham Phillips.


Graham recalls "It started life as a basic die cast metal kit form scale 1-50 called a Scammell Junior 6x4 and took 6 to 8 weeks to build off and on mainly at night.


Many of the intricate pieces i made myself  for example grill bar, towing pins, mirrors, headboard (which was not easy ).


I was lucky enough to find decal of the name Beck`s but also made some myself.


It was quite hard to keep it looking like the real one but I enjoyed every second making the model as I actually did a few trips in the real one back in the late 1960's.


Happy Days.


The best part is that now this particular model has gone to Teddy Beck`s eldest daughter Kathryn who is pictured below."


Teddy Becks eldest daughter Kate Shimmin is pictured above in June 2016 holding the scale model of Edward Beck's Scammell Reg No HJA 148F 'Katy' which was made by ex Becks driver's mate Graham Phillips.






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