Len Rogers Truck Collection
Len Rogers European Truck Collection

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Austin Loadstar. Jeffrey. Jeffrey has a fleet of preserved vehicles and this Austin was produced in 1950. Austin became part of BMC, then British Leyland and eventually the name was dropped. This truck was seen at Gaydon in 2004. DAF 3600. This DAF has the Space Cab body. There were not a lot of 3600 models made compared with the 2800 and this one is seen with a tandem box trailer with side door. The truck was seen at Dartford, Kent in 1999. Once a very popular model, they are not seen as often as they once were. DAF 85. Beton. This Dutch cement mixer was seen at Rotterdam in 2004. The company has many DAF and Ginaf in it’s fleet both in rigid and articulated format.
DAF 95. Bronzeshield. This day cab flatbed has a sleeper pod for the driver when overnighting. The truck is a support vehicle for a large crane company and can be seen here loaded with railway sleepers. The truck comes complete with a lorry mounted crane. It was seen in it’s yard at Crayford, Kent in 2004. DAF 70. Cleanaway, This 3 axle refuse truck started life with Cleanaway. An international waste management company. The truck was seen un-registered at a truck sales depot at Dartford, Kent in 2003. It’s fate unknown. DAF 95XF.480. This tri-axle truck and trailer was seen at Rotterdam in 2004. The truck has the Super Space Cab body and A-frame tri-axle trailer. This is a common configuration for container work on the Continent.
DAF 95XF 430. Firwood. This timber loaded flatbed truck and trailer was seen at Gravesend in 2004. In the window of the cab can be seen Dream Catcher Feathers. These are looked upon as modern day St Christophers. DAF CF. Linde. Linde specialise in the transportation of gas and this tanker has a ribbed tank for extra strength. With it’s tag axle raised, the truck is probably travelling empty. The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004. DAF 95XF. Maritime. This new model DAF has the Super Space Cab body. Maritime work out of all major British ports and the company has just been taken over by John Williams but retains the name at the moment. The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004.
DAF 2800. P and O Roadtanks. Registered in 1988 this model was a very popular model with haulage fleets. P and O had many transport divisions and this light blue livery represents the tanker division. The truck was seen at a transport cafe at Greenhithe, Kent in 1998. Dennis. After losing a lot of it’s market in buses and trucks, Dennis concentrated on it’s core production of municipal vehicles. This fire tender is circa 1960. The picture was taken at a truck rally in 2000. Dodge Bartletts. This 7 ton model was known as the Parrot Nose and was built in the mid 50’s. Bartletts are a haulage company with several restored trucks in it’s fleet. The truck was seen at Peterborough in 2004.
ERF. Cooper. This double drive long wheel base tractor unit is displayed with a tandem low loader trailer. The truck is restored and was first registered in 1966. It was seen at a Truck Festival at Peterborough in1996. ERF. CRS. This preserved 8 wheeled box was seen at a Kent truck rally in 2004. Registered in 1971 the truck has a Luton body. This enables the haulier to use the valuable storage space over the cab. ERF ECX. Iddon. This tractor unit is the top of the range Olympic cab model. Iddon is a national distribution company based in Lancashire and the truck displays the red rose which is the emblem for that county. The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004.
ERF. Lavender. This truck is a typical British, general haulage truck of the 60’s and 70’s. With traditional coach lines, this preserved truck was seen at a festival at Paddock Wood in 2004. The truck is displayed, roped and sheeted. Nowadays with curtainsiders, this is becoming a lost art. ERF. ECS. Petroplus. This 4 axle petrol tanker was seen at Dartford, Kent in 2003. ERF was taken over by MAN in 2000 and the truck shown has a re-badged MAN cab. New ERF trucks are now fitted with the current MAN TGA cab. ERF ECX. Rank Hovis. This flour delivery tanker was seen at Dartford, Kent in 2003. Rank Hovis have distribution depots all over England and this truck was originally registered in Scotland.
Fiat 643. This old Fiat was seen at Vignola, Italy in 2000. I think it was retired because it was in a bad condition and did not have any registration plates. An unusual feature is the right hand driving position for this Italian truck. Foden 4400. Irvin. Old Foden’s and ERF’s are the mainstay of the Fun Fair industry when they are of no further use to the general haulage industry. This is a relatively modern Foden and it was seen in East London in 2004. Foden 4340. Sainsbury’s. This company is one of the big four supermarket companies in England. They have a large fleet of trucks for on time delivery. This truck was seen at Dartford, Kent in 1998.
Foden Alpha. Waite. This new model Foden has a sleeper Space Cab that it shares with the DAF CF. The company is based in Yorkshire and is a national distribution and haulage company. The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004. Iveco 619. This Iveco has a modified old Fiat cab. In 1975 Fiat merged with other companies to become Iveco. The Fiat name was dropped in 1982. This builders truck was seen at Maranello, Italy in 1998. Iveco Eurotech. Bugler. With a flatbed trailer loaded with palletised building blocks, the trailer comes complete with a rear mounted Manitou fork lift. The driver would have to go on a course and be certificated to be able to use this self loading and unloading machinery. The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004.
Iveco Stralis. This walking floor trailer is ideal for bulk paper and woodchip and is capable of 44 ton operation. With it’s rollover sheet for easy loading access the truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004. Iveco. TLT. This Irish truck was seen at a motorway services in 2003. This tautliner trailer is fully loaded and the truck was on it’s way to the Continent after it’s tacho break. Iveco Turbostar 190-48. This tractor unit is seen here hauling a step frame tilt. The company specialise in weekly trips to Romania in South East Europe. The truck was seen at Dartford, Kent in 2000.
Leyland Octopus. Brady. This 1960’s 8 wheeler shares it’s cab with Dodge and Albion. The truck was seen at Gaydon ion 2004. The truck is displayed roped and sheeted in the old fashioned way using dolly knots. Nowadays, ratchet straps are becoming the norm. Tying dolly knots could soon be a lost art. Magirus Deutz. Toyo. This truck is a regular visitor to European Truck Festivals. The M motif on it’s grille stands for Magirus and the rocket shaped motif represents the spire of the Cathedral in Ulm, Germany, where the trucks were made. The company was merged with the Fiat group in 1975. This truck was seen at a Truck Festival at Peterborough in 2002. MAN TGA XXL. This German registered truck is hauling a fridge trailer that from it’s well drawn graphics appears to be moving fresh vegetables. A popular model in Europe, this truck was seen at Dartford, Kent in 2004.
MAN 33.442. Weghe. This truck has Belgium number plates and was seen at a Motorway service station in England in 1997. The ballasted tractor unit is towing a modular trailer loaded with a large casting. Mercedes 3235. Conway. This Kent Waste Liquid Management Company has a mainly Mercedes fleet of 2, 3 and 4 axle chassis‘. This 4 axle twinsteer model was seen at Gravesend in 2004. Mercedes Actros. Hill. This trailer has been converted from a tautliner for steelwork operation. The tandem spread axle trailer is also now fitted with super single wheels and tyres. The truck was seen at Westminster, London in 2004.
Mercedes. Ruber. This old model Mercedes is a common site in third world countries but they can still be seen working in most parts of the world. This tanker bodied truck was seen in Pforzheim, Germany in 1994. This builders truck was seen in Rome in 2002. After early links with Saurer the company was finally absorbed into the Fiat group and the OM badge was eventually phased out in 1975. Renault Premium 420. This German registered tanker unit was seen in Dartford, Kent in 2003. Most European tractor units are the 4 x 2 format whereas most British units have 3 axles. This is because the government likes the vehicles to spread their weight over more axles to save road repairs for the weights that they carry.
Renault Magnum. Buffalo Grill. This working truck has a cowboy theme and both the tractor and refrigerated trailer has full artwork. This company’s trucks are regular exhibitors at European Truck Festivals and this truck was seen at Peterborough in 2000. Renault G340. Radford. This Renault cab was also shared with Volvo’s F6/7 series. Hauling a bulk trailer the unit is seen with a donkey engine used for tipping and blowing it’s load. The truck was seen at Dartford, Kent in 2000. Rotinoff Super Atlantic. This model had a 16 litre Rolls Royce engine and was capable of a G.T.W. of 300 tons. The truck is seen in the livery of Parnaby, one of the leading heavy hauage companies in England in the 1980’s. The truck was seen at Gaydon in 2004.
Scammell Handyman. This truck with step frame trailer is seen carrying a Scammell Crusader tractor unit. With a Rolls Royce 265L engine the truck was seen at a Scammell gathering at Paddock Wood, Kent in 2004. Scammell Contractor. Econofreight. Econofreight is one of the major heavy hauliers in Great Britain and had several of these prime movers in it’s fleet in the 80’s and 90’s. Each one was capable of hauling 250 tons and much more when working in pairs. The truck was seen at a Kent truck rally in 2004. Scammell Crusader. Mortimore. This old, heavily used truck is now in retirement along with it’s owner. The owner now organises truck festivals and uses the Scammell to transport his exhibits to them. This combo was seen at Paddock Wood, Kent in 2004.
Scammell Crusader. Wynns. This is the same truck that is shown on page 4. It has now been painted in the resplendent colours of Wynn’s. This company, now long ceased trading, was a major Heavy Haulage player in England alongside Econofreight and Sunter amongst others. This truck was seen at Gaydon in 2004. Scania Vabis LB 76. Blomfield. This truck was registered in 1967. The vehicle was a major force in Europe and when it was imported to Britain, sales really took off. Scania Vabis was merged with Saab in 1968 and the Vabis name was dropped. The truck was seen in South East London in 1975. Scania 114L 340. De Rijke. This Dutch company with a Dutch registered P cabbed Scania is unusual because it has right hand drive. It was probably bought to work in the UK. The company mainly hauls ISO tanks and this one is hauling the tank on a 30ft multi pin trailer. The truck was seen at Dartford, Kent in 2003.
Scania 144G 530. This 4 axle twinsteer tractor is hauling a 5 axle Nooteboom trailer capable of carrying a load in excess of 60 tons. The truck was seen parked in Dartford Docks in 2001. Scania 124L.420. Impulse Plants. This Dutch tractor and draw bar unit is delivering flowers from Holland to England. It has low profile tyres so that the carrying volume is increased and still remains under the 4 mtr running height that is standard in Europe. The truck was seen in Dartford, Kent in 2004. Scania 144L 460. Lockyer. This is the same truck as seen on page 5 but viewed from the other side. The truck has been much modified since the first picture as can be seen by the addition of alloy wheels, stainless steel lockers and diesel tanks, new lights and revised paintwork. The truck was seen with it’s trailer hitched up at it’s yard in 2004.
Scania 124L.400. T Cab. This French registered tractor unit has many custom features including a stainless steel bull bar, Australian type stone guard and 4 outlet exhaust pipe. The truck was at Peterborough in 2003 but with less custom features and a lighter blue paintwork instead of the dark colours it now has. Seen in 2004 the model still has it’s American theme paintwork. Scania R380.Verhoek. This new model Scania is a face lift of the 4 series. This Dutch registered truck is seen hauling a 45 ft container. These containers usually have doors at both ends of the box as can be seen in this picture, The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004. Scania 164L. 480. Verwey. This top of the range T-Cab Topliner was seen at Rotterdam in 2004. It has an A/C unit on it’s roof which runs separately from the engine so allowing a quiet, comfortable night’s sleep.
Scania 124L 400. Walker. This tractor is pulling a walking floor trailer for quick bulk unloading. This Worcestershire based company specialises in household waste and paper and works all over the country. The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004. Seddon Atkinson. This 4 x 2 boxed rigid is a support vehicle to a circus that was seen on Blackheath, London in2002. It appears to have had a hard life before being bought by the circus. Seddon Atkinson. This modern refuse vehicle belongs to the waste management company, Cleanaway. Seddon Atkinson was taken over by Iveco in 1992 and since then the company has used the Iveco cab with their own styling. The picture was taken at Dartford, Kent in 2003.
Unipower Hannibal. First produced in the late 40’s this 4 x 4 tractor was designed for use in forests and had an 85 bhp Gardner engine. The truck was seen at a Kent truck rally in 2004. Volvo FH12.460. DFDS. This Danish new model Volvo is hauling a fridge trailer and was seen in Gravesend, Kent in 2004. It is seen with long range fuel tanks and yellow Continental lenses on it’s headlight assembly. Volvo F7. This tipper bodied day cab Volvo was seen a transport cafe at Greenhithe, Kent in1996. The paintwork is original factory livery and because it became quite popular the factory made it an optional extra.
Volvo FM7 290. Kingstown. This truck and trailer unit has demountable box bodies. On the return from a days work they simply exchange bodies for the next day‘s work. The truck has a Marsden sleeper unit fitted for overnight accommodation when working away from the depot. The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004. Volvo FM12 420. Rugby Cement. These trucks are mainly owner operated and work as sub contractors to Rugby Cement. The company has a national network of depots all over England. This truck has a front angle mirror fitted to aid reversing in tight spots. The truck was seen at Gravesend, Kent in 2004. Volvo FM12.380. Sammans. This truck has the top of the range Globetrotter cab which is a little unusual for tippers. With it’s added lighting the truck was seen at a Festival in Peterborough in 2004.
Volvo FL6 180. Skylift. This Manchester based Aerial platform company has depots all around England boasting a 5 axle Volvo FL10 in it‘s mainly Volvo fleet. This English based and registered truck is unusual because it has left hand drive. This truck also has built in side lockers and a full checker plate infill. The truck was seen in Dartford, Kent in 2003. Volvo FM12.420. D.S. Smith. With it’s tautliner trailer in excess of 4 mtrs high this is a national delivery vehicle as most of the Continent has a 4 mtr running height. Most distribution depots are near motorways so taller trailers do not have to worry about low bridges once they are off the motorway network. This Globetrotter cabbed Volvo was seen at Gravesend in 2004. Volvo FH16.520. TransCo. This vehicle has a 5 axle Nooteboom trailer and has a G.V.W. of 80 tons. It was seen at Dartford Docks on it’s way to the Continent in 2002 loaded with a large machine covered with a tarpaulin.



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