Powdrell Bros Trucks

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‘Powdrell’s Corner’ – Eastbourne and Nelson Streets – Ernest, Jack Powdrell, Tom Lawton, Frank Powdrell Phillip Lowe, Harry Powdrell, Harry Powdrell jnr.

From article –

“Fortunately at this new time, the Government wanted a costing on transport and through the figures given, we were able to increase our rates and receive a fair profit as all rates has to be Government approved. Again, too, the other carriers realised that cutting the rates did no good to anyone. The year 1933! The Dunlop Tyre Company gave us a quote to change our fleet from solid tyre to pneumatic tyres. This was very good in theory, but in practice we struck problems, especially in the steering – to obrain [obtain] sufficient lock, we had to turn the front wheels the other way! and this upset the steering geometry.1937-1938. In 1937 we bought two Morris Equi-load six-ton trucks and these were the pride of the fleet. My cousin Jack Powdrell, who had always driven Thorneycrofts, said “Goash, they are just like a car to drive! Self starter, a 6 cylinder motor, developing 80 horsepower, and a top speed of 40 miles per hour; two-decker crates carrying 144 lambs.”

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Powdrell Bros

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Newspaper photograph - Country People

Date published

January 1984


  • Tom Lawton
  • Phillip Lowe
  • Frank Powdrell
  • Harry Powdrell
  • Harry Powdrell Jnr
  • Jack Powdrell

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