BeeDee & Road Route Ltd

Funny how you get talking to folk. I first spoke to Dylan Wren about a truck he was looking to buy, then we crossed paths again recently as he is an ex Centurion owner (#067). It took a little while for all the cigs to work but we soon realised we had spoken before. Having had a few text chats and a few telephone chats now, I could sit and listen to Dylan all day, plenty of tales from a long life transport and soon to be back in it too. Having sifted through 1000’s of photos, Dylan sent me a few over from where he started and where he ended up. Always great to see those who started on a 7.5 tonner, not quite a #littlebigcabclub member but at least he had the big trucker flags in the windscreen!

“Hello Ben its Dylan here found some serious memories today. My first truck D371DFA a Ford Cargo 31 years ago. Also you can see G930FSM a blue Volvo F12 on the net asking who owned it, we did. It’s on the net now in Stobart colours looks fab. From Bee Dee I changed it to Road Route Ltd. Remember the big tanks I told you about? you can see them on N392FWT & N391FWT – 1550 litres on a tag axle.”

“So many memories, you can see my big red Scania Topline and the other big Scania F600FKH which I bought from DS Walker with an Estepe high roof conversion.”

Now Dylan doesn’t mind me saying so, as the demise of Road Route Ltd is on the internet and was the same demise as many hauliers from the same period who were busy trying to make money from a tough industry with ever rising costs. Anyway, I love old tales and one such story Dylan told me involved one of the tag axle Volvos, 3 men in the cab, including Dylan and a rather quick run to Spain. Over to Dylan….

“It was with N392FWT, one of the Volvo FH420 tag’s. A full load of extremely urgent parts to take to the SEAT factory at Barcelona. Their were 3 of us in the cab and we left the yard on Sunday and were back in the yard by Tuesday evening. Boat out and train back in. We tipped Barcelona and collected a return load of fruit from Perpignan back to Lincolnshire. Even had time to fill up in Belgium on the way back, 1000 litres plus!?”

Well I reckon that’s pretty good going, Yorkshire, Barcelona, Yorkshire in just over 48 hours. Now don’t all start making comments and saying it can’t be done. We all know back then, there were ways and means and plenty of you will have similar stories. Thanks to Dylan for sharing these photos and details, hopefully more photos to come judging by the amount of albums full of photos I know he has!

Those who are happy enough to tell us you crazy run stories please do, just keep them believable!

Liquid Sunsets

I often put out requests, queries and questions for you all, as I have come to learn that if I have something I need an answer too, then one of you will know the answer. When I was driving, a good few years ago now, I often used to see the above tanker and it’s great mural on the back end. As you can imagine following this for a while leaves a memory that you remember the next time you see it, so when I found a photo I took I instantly recognised it. I don’t remember ever seeing the truck parked up anywhere or at a show, although it would never have had the trailer with it at truck shows back in the late 90’s. I put a request out on Instagram and the Facebook and low and behold timothycook702 on Instagram came up with the info.

A great looking truck, clearly an owner driver, extra lights, air horns, deep green metallic paint, euro stickers and a hazardous stainless steel tank behind. So do you recognise it?? Want to know a little more??……..well I do, so here you go;

“He traded as AMH Haulage, his name was Ian Green from Carnforth. The green DAF was his first outfit and red DAF replaced it, he’s a good friend of mine”

Now we know who’s it was and where they can from. We also now know that he moved on from one smart DAF to another smart DAF but a change of colour. Also the theme of a painted rear end continued but this time it looks to be airbrushed and a little more artistic. I think I preferred the first paint job. Also I noticed a Spanish web address on the back end which may explain the euro badges. Amazing what you can find out by asking the blog readers.

Thanks timothycook702 and thanks Ian Green!

Euro Tunnel Update

Covid-19: Digital travel certificate

Dear Mr Sheldrake,

As previously announced, a travel certificate is required for entry or transit through French territory. This announcement follows the implementation of the Prime Minister’s instruction of 18 March 2020, n°6149/SG, regarding the decisions made to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Each driver entering French territory must have the certificate available to present to border control authorities. Click here to download the certificate.

What’s new ?

Drivers can now complete the certificate directly on their mobile phone or any other device instead of the paper version. Please find the link :

media.interieur.gouv.fr/deplacement-vers-france-covid-19/index-en.html

The data is stored exclusively on the mobile phone or any other device. No information is collected by the Ministry of the Interior. The pdf certificate generates a QR Code which enables the information entered when you complete the certificate to be read. 

Please ensure that your drivers have completed the certificate (paper or digital version) and ticked the appropriate box required by the French authorities for crossing the border before they arrive at the UK check-in.

It is really important that your drivers are fully aware of this requirement which will directly affect their cross-Channel journey from the UK to France.

Best regards

Freight Commercial Team

Some Mothers Do ‘Av ‘Em

I’ve always been truck mad since about the age of 3. Until I was 3 it was farms and farm machines. Probably a move to Essex and the influence of my Dads business switches it to trucks. That said I won’t blame the old man for it all as Mum is probably a bigger truck spotter than my Dad. Both very proud and supportive through my owner driver years and always interested to listen about everything else since. Mum has always been interested but I often forget how much of a spotter she is, I would use the word pervert but as it’s my mum I won’t!

Just a couple of examples; when I was 14 or 15, mum and I had been out delivering in a van for Dad and finished in Epping, we then had a couple of hours until we had a collection to do in Brentwood. Easy you’d think, 1 junction round the M25 to Brentwood…… no no no I said can’t we go all the way round the M25 and of course mum said great idea I’ve never been all the way round in one go. Just over an hour later we arrived in Brentwood. The second example was sat in HC Wilson’s office with both Graham and Simon Wilson. We found an old photo and were discussing Dads days with Aston Clinton Haulage, as ACH used to do the New Holland work. Anyway we couldn’t remember the name of a chap who had his own truck that used to do work for ACH and also used to deliver agricultural stuff to Wilson’s. Of course mum remembered his name and where he was from. Only a proper spotted remembers this kind of info and remembers more than the Wilson brothers!

I got an email on Monday from Mum saying she had emailed Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 sticking up for us truckers. As always Jeremy Vine has clearly made some derogatory comment about those he doesn’t understand or below his social class and wound Mum up. So she emailed the above email to Jeremy Vine to stick up for truckers. Sadly and not surprisingly as yet no answer from the BBC. When mum also emailed she tells me that on her WI notice board at the top of the drive for all the villagers to see, she has printed out an A4 Support The Lorry Drivers poster as above.

Today just so happens to be mothers birthday so please do leave your birthday wishes in the comments box. I have borrowed a photo off Neil Jarrold of mums favourite truck, well so she says. When these came out we did spend a little more time than normal on the Volvo stand at Truckfest that year. I was debating whether to put a photo of the lady in question on here but then I thought I can’t do what she did to me this week…… surely some of you have seen, my parents have worked out how to post on the Truckblog Facebook page! Look out for photos of me in my awful house get years coming to a smart device near you soon.

Thanks for being a great big truck spotter and taking an interest in me and my endless truck stories, books and magazines. I hope you’ve had a lovely birthday albeit a little different to normal years. Happy Birthday x

Belgian Belle’s

So there I was, digging a hole, hole in the ground, big and sort of round, it’s was flat at the bottom and the sides were steep……..but I digress (if you get that you’re as sad as me!). While out in the garden I checked my phone for some much needed garden advice from a pal, when I noticed I had a message on Instagram. Truckblog Instagram gets looked at a lot and plenty of views but very, very few comments by comparison. Intrigued by who it was, I opened the message only to find it was from very well known Belgian transport company, Sitra Group – yes that’s right the massive orange operator from Belgium messaged me, I’m honoured!

Sitra have obviously been bored during Lock Down and found my Instagram and taken a liking to it. Who ever does Sitra’s social media, likes my insta page and decided to message me. How very nice of them and if any other large European companies want to follow or get in touch, my Instagram account can be found by clicking this link TruckblogUK and Sitra’s by clicking this link; sitragroup.

For those who don’t know them or don’t know the name, Sitra are a family owned firm from Belgium and have been operating since the 1960’s. They have operated all types of vehicles from fridges to tankers. Sitra sent me these two awesome photos of days gone by, who knew the Belgians were big Mack fans?! Sitra also have a history section on their website so if you want to read more then please click HERE.

As for these two trucks, obviously both frigo’, so I asked Sitra what they did and where they got too and as with any proper, successful European haulier, anything anywhere springs to mind! Here’s what they told me;

These trucks mainly drove fridge trailers, with frozen and fresh cargo, across entire Europe: UK, Italy, Sicilia, France, Poland, Romania, Benelux, Germany, Greece, Spain,.. But also countries as Russia, Turkye, Kazachstan…
We transport goods like: meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy, chocolate…”

A lorry load of Belgian chocolate to anywhere you like, sounds like good work to me! Hopefully we may here a little more from my new friends at Sitra, but for now I hope you like these two photos.

TBHQ Update

Lock down isn’t to productive for blog writing although it has given me time to do plenty of titivating in TBHQ and also time to start writing the Scania Centurion book. I’ve even had time to rearrange my Middle East shelf and before you ask, the trucks on the shelf are actually heading west to east, hence the stickers in the correct order(ish). While I was doing this highly important work I was joined by Mrs Blog who kindly poured some cold drinks out the fridge.

I have been lucky enough to take some donations for TBHQ and also I have rehoused some items as not everyone has enough space to keep all their trucking memorabilia. If you do have anything to donate then please get in touch, if if it’s on loan then at least your cherished truck stuff isn’t heading for landfill. I do wonder how much guff I would have if I was still on the road!? Perhaps the cabin would need and extension if that was the case. I hope you like it!