Guinness Albion. RLV 154

Albion four axle flatbed truck, RLV 154, 1954 to 1976. Guinness fleet no.4, this truck was one which distributed Guinness tanks in the Liverpool area before transferring to Dublin in the late 1950's., hence its UK registration. This type was very unusual in Ireland, most 8-wheelers being either tankers or tippers at that time. Its history is incomplete, but it was discovered in a poor condition by museum members in 1977 and restored in the Guinness Workshops in Victoria Quay under the guidance of Seán Laing. Further restored in May 2009 by museum personnel, it appeared at the Guinness 250th anniversary event at the Fingal Vintage Show later that year. It has appeared in 3 films to date and is currently on display in Howth.

Dennis Tractor, 498 EZO

Telecom Éireann Dennison tractor 498 EZO, 1981 to 1993. Dennison Trailers of Rathcoole Co. Dublin built commercial vehicles from 1977 to 1981. They offered 4, 6 and 8 wheel chassis plus articulated tractors with a choice of Gardner and Rolls Royce engines. Motor Panels cabs as fitted to Foden trucks  were used initially until Finnish made Sisu cabs, as fitted to our vehicle, became the norm. Most vehicles were sold in Ireland and a smaller number were exported to the U.K.. Recession and export tax rates forced a reversion to solely trailer building, which continues to this day. The marque was highly regarded and was sold to many public bodies such as the E.S.B.. 498 EZO entered service with the Dept. of Post and Telegraphs which was split into its two constituent parts of "An Post" and "Telecom Éireann" in 1984. The fleet number denotes 81 as the year of purchase, P indicates the postal division and 628 the vehicle number. Withdrawn from service in 1993, it was presented to the Museum in 1997. It has a Rolls Royce 6 cylinder engine and a Fuller 9 speed gearbox. As Ireland's 3rd maker of heavy vehicles, preceded by the Great Northern Railway (buses), Timoney (fire and military vehicles) and followed by Bombardier (buses) Dennison is historically important. 498 EZO is on display in Howth.

Commer Van, 581 DRI.

BLUE CROSS Mobile Animal Clinic, 
Voluntary animal welfare organizations care for family pets. The Irish Blue Cross, a registered charity prominent since 1945, has operated mobile clinics for needy pets since the 1950s. Up to 2000, well over 500,000 animals received treatment.
Blue Cross mobile animal welfare units provide weekly evening clinics at ten locations in the Dublin area, catering for 8,500 pets every year. In addition, Blue Cross horse ambulances attend regularly at 22 Irish racecourses. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development supports the Blue Cross.
Established in 1907, Luton-based commercial vehicle maker Commer was represented in Ireland by the Dublin Motor Company (Thompsons) and Buckley Motors. From the 1920s, Commer was associated with Humber, Rootes, Dodge, Talbot and Renault. The Walkthrough model, a concept imported from the U.S.A. in 1961, provided the basis of this animal welfare unit.
This vehicle has a heightened roof to provide headroom for staff and pets’ owners. It has examination tables, lockers for medicines and equipment, self-contained water and gas supplies, sink unit, and other features appropriate to the treatment of sick or injured animals. The Commer Walkthrough model was also used as the basis of conventional ambulances by several health authorities.
During fifteen years of faithful service, this Commer is reckoned to have assisted more than 127,000 pets. Withdrawn in 1989, it spent several years in storage and was presented to the museum in 2001 – with a recorded mileage of 19,209 (30,913km) through the goodwill of Chris Conneelly and Gerry O’Sullivan of the Blue Cross. It is on display in the Museum.

Scammell 3 wheeled tractor

Replacing horses in the collection and delivery of goods was eased with the development of what became known as the Scammell mechanical Horse in 1931/2. This 3 wheeled tractor , which could operate as an articulated unit and which could turn in its own length, could also couple with horse carts and was available in three and six ton versions. Scammels bought by the Great Southern Railways in 1939 passed to C.I.É. on its establishment in 1945. Considerable numbers were operating in Ireland by 1948, the shipping services operated by the B & I Line and British Railways requiring quite a few vehicles. Productivity decreed that there were three trailers to each tractor, one loading and unloading at either end of a route and one in transit between the two poiints. A new model, the Scarab, was introduced in 1948, early versions were petrol engined like their predecessors and later ones were diesel powered. The third and last generation, the Townsman, with a lightweight glass-fibre body, was introduced in 1964 and replaced C.I.É.'s last horses on city deliveries in 1968. Our vehicle, S137, was one of the last to be introduced in 1968 and worked until 1981. The demise of these useful vehicles was hastened by new regulations on braking capabilities with which they did not comply. On withdrawal, S137 was repainted by C.I.É. staff in Broadstone and was presented to the museum with trailer no. ST398. S137 is on display in Howth.

Merville Milk Float. No 107.

Merville Dairies (later Premier) Finglas, horse drawn milk float, 1952 to 1978. A number of high calibre dairies operated in the Dublin area supplying quality assured milk to homes throughout the region. HB, Lucan Dairies, Tel-el- Kebir, Dublin Dairies and Merville all operated horse drawn vehicles, later electric and then both diesel and petrol. A major amalgamation in the late 1960's saw Premier Dairies being created. Merville built their own bodywork in extensive workshops in Finglas and no. 107 was one of 100 horse drawn floats built between 1949 and 1954, 107 being built in 1952. It worked in the Church Street area before being transferred to Killester, where it worked until it became Dublin's last horse drawn milk float. Its driver never trained on the replacement electric vehicles so his horse drawn float remained in service until he retired in 1978. It was fully restored by AnCo in Broombridge in 1985 and is proudly on display in Howth. It has also made a number of film appearances accompanied by a horse of course!

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