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Classic Tate & Lyle Foden tankers on Biglorryblog...Peter Davies offers the anorak army a 'sweetener'!

  • 11 January 2011
  • By Biglorryblog

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"BLB's Polish blogger Andrzej is obviously a man of good taste" says Peter Davies..."As he likes Tate & Lyle Fodens. These just happen to be my all time favourites - long since passed into history of course. Just to revive some memories here are a couple of these beautifully proportioned vehicles. One is an S18 cabbed Liverpool-based vehicle photographed in Queens Drive, Liverpool in July 1967, the other a London-based S20 pictured at the top of Silvertown Way in September 1970. Both are blower discharge granulated sugar tankers."

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Peter continues: "Now for the boring bit - Did you know that T&L's first choice for their new 14 ton tankers in 1950 was AEC and they tried 6 out, running as drawbwar outfits at 32 tons gross with 20 ton payload but they switched to solo Gardner-engined Fodens mainly because the AECs (fleet nos 200 to 205) had softer springs that resulted in them leaning out of vertical whilst being loaded (they were loaded in the tipped position). The Fodens, with their stiffer underslung springs were less prone to leaning, reducing the risk of spillage. The excellent livery on T&L tankers was created by the London based DRU (Design Research Unit) who were noted for their excellent work especially during the 1950s. They also came up with the British Rail logo and signage for Watney's pubs."
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"Andrzej also mentioned EST and their strapline 'You Rock, We Roll' - another excellent creation. Since then we have had Tesco's 'You Shop, We Drop' and Morrison's 'Click Click, Knock Knock'. All good stuff! It so happens I snapped an EST DAF this morning on the M1! 
Regards, Peter D."

 

10 Comments

  • ScaniaVolvo said

    Hello Lorry Fanatics. Tate & Lyle Foden's and AEC's are some of my favourite lorries too,especially the Foden sugar tankers. And that classy Tate & Lyle livery added more class to already classy lorries! For anybody who is interested VKD 874,is a 1956 Liverpool-registered Foden S18 FE6/24 Two Stroke,or FG6/24 and VGY 216 is a 1958 London-registered Foden S20 FE6/24 Two Stroke,or FG6/24. A good number of Tate & Lyle Foden lorries were powered by Foden's superb FD6 two stroke diesel engine,as were British Sugar Corporation Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik KE and/or FE 8-wheeler sugar tankers. ScaniaVolvo.

  • Tony Hawkridge said

    Hi everybody, I too am a fan of the classic Foden sugar tankers with their well proportioned looks ! I grew up in the 50s,in York and the Brirish Sugar Corporation factory there ran a fleet of S18 tankers and what a beautiful machine they were to see on the road. At that time a driver had reached the pinnacle of his career to become a sugar tanker driver. They would always wave from the temple of their Foden cabs in their white overalls as they passed the small lad in the street looking up at them in awe! Happy days, regards Tony H.

  • Tony Hawkridge said

    Hi everybody, I too am a fan of the classic Foden sugar tankers with their well proportioned looks ! I grew up in the 50s,in York and the Brirish Sugar Corporation factory there ran a fleet of S18 tankers and what a beautiful machine they were to see on the road. At that time a driver had reached the pinnacle of his career to become a sugar tanker driver. They would always wave from the temple of their Foden cabs in their white overalls as they passed the small lad in the street looking up at them in awe! Happy days, regards Tony H.

  • Vic Hungerford said

    My favourites too! When I was driving in the UK in the 1960s I thought the Tate and Lyle Foden tankers were the best trucks ever; they looked just stunning with that paintwork and signwriting and the ones with the 2-stroke engines sounded great. Actually the Gardner-engined ones didn't sound too bad either, although completely different of course.

  • Mike Davies said

    Hello ScaniaVolvo I think you will find the Fodens are both Gardner powered.Not 100% sure but I don't think Tate's took any with 2 stroke engines Cheers mike

  • ScaniaVolvo said

    Hello Mike Davies and all other Lorry Fanatics. Vic Hungerford's post just above your post confirms that Tate & Lyle operated Foden S18 FE,S20 FE,S20 KE,S21 Spaceship Sputnik FE,S21 Spaceship Sputnik KE,S24 FE ,S24 8E6,S21 Spaceship Sputnik 8E6,etc,Foden FD6 Two Stroke diesel-engined lorries. I've also seen some other evidence confirming that Tate & Lyle operated two stroke Fodens - probably most of Tate & Lyle's 1950s,1960s and early 1970s Foden lorry fleet were two strokes. And the ones that I saw were nearly all Foden two stroke diesel-engined. Here is my other Tate & Lyle Foden Lorry Post:- http://www.roadtransport.com/blogs/big-lorry-blog/2010/11/classic-wartime-tate-lyle-lorr.html And here is another superb Peter Davies photograph of a Tate & Lyle Foden:Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik 8E6/24 Two Stroke,or 8X6/24,or 8XB6/24,Bulk Sugar Tanker-bodied Rigid Eight-Wheeler Lorry,OKA 957F:- http://northwesttrucks.fotopic.net/p68732155.html ScaniaVolvo.

  • Tony Miller said

    Both Tate & Lyle and Silver Roadways (owned by Tate & Lyle) operated 2 stroke Fodens in the late 50's - early 60's including at least one two-stroke 8 wheeler and trailer on Silver Roadways, I believe Tate & Lyle also had the first Fodens to be fitted with the Leyland 680 engine........Tony.

  • ScaniaVolvo said

    TATE & LYLE Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik Tanker, 868 GLB - RESTORED! Hello Lorry Fanatics.YES! London-registered 1963 Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik FE6/24 Two Stroke,Sugar Tanker,Rigid Eight-Wheeler Lorry, 868 GLB,has been restored into a Tate & Lyle Sugar Tanker! Just get a load of these two very recent Gyles Carpenter photographs:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/47995614@N04/5630461775/in/faves-62553751@N06/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/47995614@N04/5631044620/in/faves-62553751@N06/ Superb and a real beaut! I cannot wait to see and hear this Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik Two Stroke Tate & Lyle Sugar Tanker in the flesh-metal! ScaniaVolvo.

  • ScaniaVolvo said

    More Photographs:RESTORED TATE & LYLE Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik Sugar Tanker,868 GLB. Hello Lorry Fanatics.Here are some more photographs of the very recently restored Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik FE6/24 Two Stroke,Sugar Tanker,Rigid Eight-Wheeler Lorry, 868 GLB in the livery of Tate & Lyle Sugar Refiners,London Liverpool:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/37322606@N08/5628006677/in/faves-62553751@N06/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/erfmania/5631903747/in/faves-62553751@N06/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/16797800@N07/5679043664/in/faves-62553751@N06/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/truck_photos/5631942523/in/faves-62553751@N06/ And on The Foden Society Website there are at least two more photographs of the above Foden:- http://www.thefodensociety.org.uk/Members%20Gallery%20May%202011.html ScaniaVolvo

  • ScaniaVolvo said

    TATE & LYLE Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik Sugar Tanker,868 GLB.Restored. Hello Lorry Fanatics.Since I posted photographs of the newly restored Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik Tate & Lyle Sugar Tanker,868 GLB,in the above posts,I've discovered that it's Gardner 6LX-powered.I thought that it could have been powered by a Foden Two Stroke Diesel Engine,since Tate & Lyle did operate a good number of two stroke Fodens.And 868 GLB would be a two stroke if I owned it.......it might have originally been a two stroke. So this lorry's title and model designation is Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik FG6LX,Sugar Tanker,Rigid Eight-Wheeler Lorry,868 GLB. And here are two more photgraphs of this Tate & Lyle Foden S21 Spaceship Sputnik taken at the recent Gaydon rally:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/37322606@N08/5834875525/in/faves-62553751@N06/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/16693939@N07/5833747888/in/faves-62553751@N06/ ScaniaVolvo.

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