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The Long Night Haul, Short Movie, 1958 IMDB

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dsl SX

2018-04-17 05:13

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19-minute orgy of trucks, taken from
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British Transport Films Volume Eight: Points and Aspects 2-DVD set. Can be seen here

Described in a few places as a history of BRS, it's more of a propaganda film about all the dynamic things BRS is doing for trucking and truckers, but it is a big budget production and well delivered. "... an ambitious and complex film celebrating the foundation of the British Road Service’s general haulage truck service.... film is notable for a range of photographic challenges in black and white – shooting at night, sympathetic portraiture without condescension and an opportunity for showing the heraldry of the highway." - from here.

So eyes down and get ready for a long night .... There will probably be some duplicates and merges - I'll leave those decisions in the hands of The Council of Knowledgeable Experts.

To note that imdb and BFi/BTF both say 1956, but there's a Thames 400E (launched Sept 57) and a roadside poster for a foreign event in 1959
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so date likely to be 1958 or early 1959. There's one July/Aug 1957 plate date as well. Shares a small clip with another BRS film from 1960, although there it's in colour, here black and white.

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dsl SX

2018-04-23 21:20

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Page abandoned for this one at 12-30 as impossible - the only views are of the load, not the truck, and it looks like the load changes so different shipments.

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dsl wrote There's also a sequence looking forward through the windscreen, but it does not help. A British trailered load (Pickfords) arriving somewhere foreign off the ferry - looks Belgian plates - so likely to now have a Belgian truck pulling it.


ingo wrote :think: which border control point?


Exiv96 wrote There's a "Boule d'Or" tobacco advertising board on the left, so this must be Belgium.

dsl SX

2018-04-23 21:33

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:hello: Wise Truck Experts - can we tidy up the stragglers?? All the nameless Seddons and a couple of ERFs??

johnfromstaffs EN

2018-04-24 08:41

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dsl wrote :hello: Wise Truck Experts - can we tidy up the stragglers?? All the nameless Seddons and a couple of ERFs??


No. Looking at Wiki, Commercial Motor and S W Stevens-Stratten, the Seddons are nameless on account of having no names, but Mark Numbers, which are not described in the references I have mentioned. ERF nomenclature involves weights, axles and engines and is similarly impenetrable from pictures.

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dsl SX

2018-04-24 14:47

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As far as I can tell from my picture books (Rinsey Mills, Michael Forbes and David Hayward), the main mid/large size Seddon range from 1940s (maybe even late 1930s) to end of 1950s was simply known as the Mk.5 - several variations and some cab evolutions (eg side window shape with level or sloping bottom line, 1956+ wrapround windscreen) etc. Our batch of early-mid 50s Seddons is pretty well all ID'd as Mk.5 apart from a small Mk.7, so I'm guessing Mk.5 would work on the 4 examples in this film.

But as usual with old trucks, I tread cautiously ... And ERFs are beyond me.

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