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Amos Hinton Truck Pictures

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Amos Hinton was a supermarket chain with about 60 stores in the north of England. The company was founded in 1871, and survived until 1984 when it was bought out by a larger concern. All these photos were taken in the early 80s by Fred Cannon.
Hinton’s night team in the early 80s consisted of three drivers: Sandy (on the catwalk), Phil (standing) and me (behind the camera). The company began buying the Seddon Atkinson 300 to update their existing tractor fleet, mainly Ford D series and Leyland Buffaloes. Trucks backed up to the gantry at the Stockton depot for overnight loading. Ford D series tractor in the foreground.
A tired old Buffalo nearing retirement. Seddon Atkinson 300 ready for a night’s work Trailer drop at Peasholm Park, Scarborough
Seddon Atkinson 401
with a straight-eight cylinder Gardner engine
On the moor road in North Yorkshire Seddon Atkinson upgraded the 300 to the 301, with a Cummins L10 in place of the 300’s International engine. They reinstated the well-respected ‘Big A’ badge on the grille at the same time.
The 301 had a 10 speed Spicer transmission, while the 300 had a twelve speed ZF. Hintons also ran a sizeable fleet of rigids, and a Ford Cargo appears in the background. 301washed, polished and ready to go Descending Newgate bank into misty Bilsdale.
Taking a break near Helmsley The view from the cab
of a moonlit snow scene
On the road with a 301
301 on a trip to the seaside Swapping trailers at Ashington. The device in the middle is a transformer to power the trailer’s tail lift once the tractor has gone. Trailer swap at Northallerton
That’s me dropping a trailer in an alley somewhere while striking a pose for the camera. Action shot. Truck is a Renault. Seddon Atkinson 400 with Rolls Royce Eagle diesel and Fuller Roadranger transmission.
After trying a red colour scheme on a couple of vehicles, Hintons decided instead to change the company’s colours from a tasteful brown to a rather ordinary green and white. Ford Cargo with sleeper cab supplied as a demonstrator. The company didn’t buy any Cargo tractors but took several Cargo rigids.
Martin was a regular night driver until he was promoted to yard supervisor. Behind him three rigids: two Seddon Atkinson 201 reefers and an ageing Ford D series. Martin about to hit the road at the wheel of a Renault TR305. Night shot of a Renault
The next major purchase was a batch of Mercedes Benz 1625 with the short sleeper cab and non-turbo V8s. Newgate Bank again, this time with a Merc This hill is known as the Four Mile Drop, with the lights of Whitby in the distance.
Clay Bank on an icy morning The top of Birk Brow. In less than a mile the road drops to the level of the lights visible below. I used to look like this. What happened?
This is the time of the takeover.
New colours again.
Mercedes with Marsden Rock in the background. Marsden Rock was a sea stack with a natural stone arch, which has since collapsed.
There was only one Daf on the fleet,
and this is it.
The new Redheugh Bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne was built right alongside the old bridge it replaced. A view of the old bridge from the catwalk
of the truck...
...and from the cab Six bridges over the Tyne in this photo! A giant floating crane took down the old bridge piece by piece. For a sense of scale spot the red car crossing the new bridge. Sections of the old Redheugh Bridge were stacked along the riverbank. My sister-in-law was born in an ambulance right in the middle of this bridge.
Photo taken from Monkwearmouth Bridge in Sunderland of ship repair work on the River Wear. The shipyards are now closed down. Swapping trailers in South Shields Refitting a naval vessel in dry dock on the Tyne at South Shields. These yards have also gone.
The Lorry Driver of the Year competition was an annual event, with regional heats leading up to a national final. These photos are from the Northern regional heat. The competition involved a road run with marshals observing at key points, a theory test, and various manoeuvring exercises. Mick on his way to victory
Hintons used mainly York trailers, though this is one of a batch from Tidd Strongbox. The team took home some silverware, and Mick (centre) was the overall winner. On the left, Martin, on the right, Alan.
I saw this Scammell Crusader still earning its keep as a recovery truck in Edinburgh with a broken-down bus in tow. The driver noticed my wife in our car taking photos and gave us a friendly wave as he passed.