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Owen Owen/Louis Reece,Fruit Market   Views: 947
First Ever Tautliner   Comments: 10
Photo: Ray Smyth   Item #: 29365  
First Ever Tautliner

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  This is the first ever "TAUTLINER",built by
Boalloy in Congleton,Cheshire,in the late 60s.
After many years service with Louis Reece at
Wigan Wholesale Fruit & Vegetable Market at
Worthington Way,Wigan, it was returned to
Boalloy for restoration. The nearside is restored to original condition,and the offside
is to a more up to date specification.
I believe it is now in The Science Museum.
Photo courtest of Angela & Craig Pickering,
the owners of Boalloy, Congleton.

 [<< Back] 10 user comment(s) below:-  [Leave a comment]

Comments by . Ozymandias ., 17th May 2017  
Although probably meaningless to the vast majority of people, this example of engineering genius ultimately revolutionised, albeit over a period of several decades, the way that merchandise, foodstuff in particular, would be transported around the U.K. The first one that I ever came across close up was a forty footer. The year would have been 71 and It was in Jolyons in Greenford. It's a bit like remembering where you were when they shot J.F.K. I'd rolled the sheets over the top of my load and was preparing to rope up when this curtainsider rolled in. Everything stopped as we all went over to examine the thing. Well, colour me impressed, but another few years of calloused hands would come and go unfortunately before I finally got to drag one about. Great photo Ray. As a revolutionary concept, this trailer well deserves a place in the Science Museum. I'd be interested in seeing a view of the other side though.

All the best. Ozy.

Comments by Derrick Cunliffe, 17th May 2017  
IM SORRY that was not the first tautliner built ,the first
one was built on a AEC 8 wheeler for MIDWAY HAULAGE it ran between STANDISH /KITT GREEN factories during 1960 1970lots
of Drivers will remember D.C.

Comments by Ray, 17th May 2017  
Hi Derrick, I expected this sort of comment regarding the
"Tautliner" name. The 8 wheeled AEC was a curtain sided vehicle, I remember old Frank driving it round and round
Heinz. So many drivers call all curtainsiders "Tautliners".
"Tautliner" was a brand name of Boalloy at Congleton.
I have heard it spoken as "Torqueliner" and "Talkliner".
For example,Most people refer to all vacuum cleaners as
Hoovers, My mate told me recently that his wife had just
bought a "Dyson Hoover". Kind Regards, Ray Smyth.

Comments by Alf Bimpson, 17th May 2017  
Yes Derrick I do, Science Museum ?? give me strength.

Comments by Howard P, 17th May 2017  
I suspect a camera superimposed shot would be in order.

Comments by Garry, 17th May 2017  
Sugar company's had tautliners in the mid 1960s.

Comments by Ray Smyth, 18th May 2017  
I refer to the above comments from Ozymandias,His opening
9 words says what I suspected. "Tautliner" seems to be a
generic term for all Curtainsiders, irrespective of which
vehicle bodybuilder constructed them. Regards, Ray Smyth.

Comments by Alex, 18th May 2017  
They used to be called a curtain sider Derrick.

Comments by Robert Williams, 19th May 2017  
The purpose design of a curtain sider is to make loading and unloading easier with a forklift.

Comments by Alan, 19th May 2017  
Ozy is absolutely right on this occasion when he correctly say this is "probably meaningless" to most people.

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