GPO Vehicles

Make Morris
Model FGK60
Type 30cwt Utility Vehicle Type 1 (Morris)
Body Builder Crew cab prototype
Use Diesel vehicles used by 3 or 4 man crews
Registration Number YLH 100
Fleet Number Ranges U82493 (YLH 99) 1959 - Prototype
U84103 to U84333 (554 - 784 BLE) 1960 (Marshall) Diesel
U83981 to U84102 (806 - 927 ALK) 1960 (Lywood) Diesel
U87178 to U87560 (517 - 899 CXY) 1961 (Marshall)
U87561 to U87750 (1 - 190 DLF) 1961 (Bonallack)
U95655 to U95847 (247 - 439 FYM) 1963 (Mann Egerton)
U96858 to U96944 (291 - 377 GXF) 1963 (Scottish Co-op)
U98596 to U98795 (ALC 602B - 801B) 1964 (Scottish Co-op)
U114763 to U114766 (GLU 890C - 893C) 1963
Date of picture 1960

General description and facilities
This vehicle has a forward control cab equipped with seats for four passengers and a driver, under seat tool lockers and a hinged writing table.  A lift-up roll shutter and a hinged tail-board section provide rear access to the box body which has open-bin type shelves and a translucent roof.  There are two ladder shelves on the off-side body racking, each shelf being accessible from traps located at the rear end of the vehicle.  The upper ladder shelf accommodates two Ladders, Extension, No. 1, or the equivalent amount of Ladders, Light, 11 ft. 6 in. and the lower shelf accommodates a Ladder, Extension, No. 4A or 5.  Special storage facilities for digging tools are provided underneath the off-side racking.  The vehicle can carry two 32 ft. medium or four 26 ft. light poles in the centre space of the body.  Two spindles are provided within the body to facilitate wire and small cable paying out operations.  This vehicle is intended for use by small general purpose gangs of three or four men who require limited pole carrying facilities.




A New 30 cwt Utility Vehicle
Taken from External Plant News - No. 38 October 1975

Although the standard 4 Ton Utility vehicle provides very useful support for activities in the external field it has the disadvantage that it is classified as a Heavy Goods Vehicle and can only be driven by a suitably qualified driver.  Field experience has also shown that there are spheres of activity where a lighter vehicle has advantages, principally to support three-man parties on overhead and underground work.  To meet these needs a 30 cwt Utility vehicle has been reintroduced and production units are going into service.

Earlier units of the new series used Leyland forward control chassis; later units were how-ever built on Bedford chassis with normal controls.

To help reduce the weight of the vehicles and keep them below the Heavy Goods Vehicle licence group, both have petrol engines.  Crew cabs are provided and special attention has been paid to keeping down noise levels in the cabs.

The bodies are fitted with welfare facilities which include a gas ring and there is adequate space for hanging clothes.

Bottles of propane gas are carried in a locker, within the body of the vehicle, with access by external doors on the near side.  Beneath this locker is another, suspended from the underside of the body, designed for the storage of inflammable liquids such as paraffin and methylated spirits.

The interior of the body is fitted with shelving designed to accommodate the range of tools, stores and plant expected to be carried by a vehicle of this type.

Two medium or four light poles can also be carried.

Later model - circa 1975

Superseded by the Bedford 30cwt vehicle


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