AROnline : Delivering the goods

Mike Humble

Following a recent discussion with our Editor, Keith Adams, it has been mooted that AROnline would benefit from expanding into the realms of commercial vehicles. Initially, the plan is to take a look at the 1980s era and cover the well-known T45  range of trucks. I have plenty of technical information about these vehicles, but I’m somewhat short of pictures, especially of inside the cab.

T45 Leyland Cruiser With Leyland TL11 Power Unit

The 1980s was a very important and fascinating era for Leyland following a huge capital investment in new production facilities, proving grounds and product. If anyone out there can help with pictures or anecdotes on these good looking machines, please contact me via the e~mail address below.

If you like what you see, tell us. We may even expand into Leyland Bus & Coach as well as it’s all related to British Leyland and the Austin Rover Group.

Many Thanks!

nightfire620@yahoo.co.uk

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Mike Humble

About the Author:

Upon leaving school, Mike was destined to work on the Railway but cars were his first love. An apprenticeship in a large family Ford dealer was his first forray into the dark and seedy world of the motor trade. Moving on to Rover and then PSV / HGV, he has circumnavigated most departments of dealerships including parts, service and latterly - the showroom. Mike has owned all sorts of rubbish from Lada to Leyland and also holds both Heavy Goods & Public Service Vehicle licences, he buys & sells buses and coaches during the week. Mike runs his own automotive web site and writes for a number of motoring or commercial vehicle themed publications

10 Comments on "AROnline : Delivering the goods"

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  1. Andrew Elphick says:

    Mike, I will mail you some nice stuff!

  2. Mike Humble Mike Humble says:

    @Andrew Elphick
    Many thanks, Andrew.

    I have just received it all – brilliant stuff.

    Here’s to opening a can of worms!

    Mike.

  3. Steve Weblin Steve Weblin says:

    I would like to hear about more from the BL empire.

    You did a feature on the Leyland National bus a while back which I particularly enjoyed. It brought back memories of busing to school.

  4. Will says:

    A history of the Leopard and Tiger buses would be interesting.

    Oh, and a RoadRunners update, too! 🙂

  5. Peter Westley says:

    An excellent idea Mike. Trucks and buses are another chapter in the BL empire worth exploring.

    I have some T45 pictures from my days at Tesco’s at the Crick RDC – will send them on if I can find them. I look forward to another interesting read.

    Pete.

  6. Dr Bobby Love says:

    I was at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum just last week:

    http://www.bcvm.co.uk/

    Surely these guys would help… They’ve got the T45-based Popemobile (!) as well as a few other Leyland examples.

  7. Adrian says:

    You could include Fodens as well – another lost British lorry brand…

  8. Kev Mills says:

    Mike – a friend is driving a T45 for harvest work at the moment. I’ll get him to take some snaps.

    Oh, and by the way, Heritage Commercials mag have a feature on T45 Landtrains in their current issue.

  9. KWH says:

    Hi Mike,

    Great idea! The T45, especially as the heavy Scammell, is the most beautiful truck ever. Do you know that there are even pictures of the T45 with “DAF” instead of “Leyland” or “Scammell” under the windscreen? These pics were taken just before Scammell closed on Tolpits Lane. I think they are in a 1986 or 1987 issue of the Dutch Truckstar monthly magazine.

    I have all the brochures of the T45, so I could make some pictures of the interiors from these brochures if you like (but only if you really do proceed).

    Kind Regards,

    Karel Hupscher
    Netherlands

  10. william taylor c\o W & G Taylor ltd says:

    we bought a TL12 engined T45 low cab roadtrain in 1980 and ran to
    the death we never touched the engine or gear box it had a new clutch
    fitted only because the spicer ajuster ceased up it was areal work horse . I can recall in the winter months doing 6 loads of coal up to scotland ( perth, stirling, edinburgh, glasgow, & loaded back with scrap engines to keighley. we were based at skipton.
    leyland workshops were very interested in this truck in its early
    days as it did such a high mileage. it used to go in to there workshop on occasions for them to have alook at her and one weekend
    stripped the engine down just to see how it was doing what a machine

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