British Livestock Lorries - pr_177622

British Livestock Lorries

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Long before motorised transport, movement of animals was by means of walking individual beasts, or by herding, or droving. Much of the road system around Britain was evolved from the routes taken by the drovers and their herds. With the coming of the railways, animals for market went by train. This type of traffic was a good income for the railways, with their mass or bulk transport facility. In the early twentieth century livestock haulage was slow in starting, mainly because the lorries of the time were small and couldn't compete with the railways. However, by the 1930s larger and stronger lorries were available and local livestock haulage became a viable proposition, eventually taking over entirely from the railways. Livestock road haulage was usually done with a basic platform lorry and a demountable livestock container. These could be anything from home-built to coach-built types by specialist builders. The construction was usually in hardwood, until the advent of steel and aluminium. In more recent times much larger and powerful vehicles have evolved to cater for animal welfare, and driving time. With the diverse range of appearances and colour schemes seen on these vehicles over the years, Bill Reid's terrific array of photographs will fascinate lorry enthusiasts and agriculture enthusiasts alike.

Product code: 9781445672229

ISBN 9781445672229
Publisher Amberley Publishing
No. Of Pages 96
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW165
With the diverse range of appearances and colour schemes seen on these vehicles over the years, Bill Reid's terrific array of photographs will fascinate lorry enthusiasts and agriculture enthusiasts alike.