This page brings us into the present with vehicles from the past, the world of preserved vintage Thornycroft lorries, showing captioned colour photographs of the four lorries held by the Museum Service dating from 1927 to 1932. The A2 cattle wagon and A10 flatbed lorry are displayed at the Milestones Living History Museum along with other vehicles and exhibits. The A7 pantechnicon and the Iron Duke YC are held at the Museum Service's headquarters. All vehicles depicted have large four-cylinder engines.
A2 Cattle wagon
This 1930 A2 cattle wagon was bought new by WD & HO Wills. It was housed on their Kingsclere estate and worked for them over its entire working life.The vehicle was bought in 1977 by Hampshire County Council at auction, and was initially restored at Beaulieu. However, since then, it has had extensive work done on the gearbox and a rebuilt engine. The bodywork is completely original.
This 1931 A7 pantechnicon was originally bought by a furniture removals company in Dorking. At the end of its working life it became a store for second hand furniture in some private woods in Horsham. Hampshire County Council bought the A7 in the early 1990s as a total wreck.Its bodywork has been replaced with a new build using the old parts as a pattern. In addition, a complete rebuild of the engine and gearbox has now been completed along with new electrics, brakes andsprings.
Photos: Nick Corrie