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1928 Garrett steam lorry.

Thanks to several people on the site forum, the steam lorry shown in both the photos below was identified as a Garrett Undertype steam lorry (no. 35204), in six-wheeler platform wagon guise. The name "Invincible" identifies the lorry as belonging to a Mr J.E. Heath Jnr. of Nottingham, who registered the lorry as TO 8673, with delivery taking place on the 1st October, 1928. The tail end of the Garrett badge fitted to the front of the lorry can just be made out, as can the rear end of the lioness badge used on all Garrett vehicles above it.
Things were getting a little "heated" at the time of these photographs. Smoke is seen rising from the load on the vehicle. Two chaps, in hats, are surveying the scene, while in the distance a couple of fireman are approaching the scene.
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Garrett steam lorry on fire
The second photograph shows a rear 3/4 view of the Garrett lorry, the registration TO 8673 easily visible. There is evidence of signwriting along the sides of the lorry, although I can only make out the words "Regular Service". Several of the ropes that had been retaining the load are lying on the floor, possibly having burnt away, while steam and/or smoke can be seen rising from the load at both ends. The lorry's solid rubber tyres appear to have escaped undamaged. Note the fire appliance - probably a Model T - parked in the distance.
Rear view of the Garrett lorry on fire
Garrett Undertypes were produced from 1921 to 1932.
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