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  1. ploughman

    ploughman Junior Member

    930 WKSP REME of Longview Lane, Huyton, near Liverpool.

    A friend of mine is involved in the restoration of a single deck bus dating from about 1929.
    In a package of manuals about the vehicle, A Leyland Tiger.
    One of them, though referring to Leyland goods vehicles, was originally in the possession of 930 WKSP REME Longview Lane, Huyton, near Liverpool.

    Can anyone say any more please?
    Was there a military vehicle that used the same components as the Tiger?
  2. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Leyland, based in the North West, developed and produced a mobile machinery and stores truck which was also adapted as a recovery vehicle.

  3. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    The Leyland Hippo was a 6x4 heavy general service cargo truck introduced by Leyland Motors in 1929. After a number of facelifts, it remained in production for 40 years.

    Military use
    At the beginning of World War II the British Armed Forces took delivery of 330 militarised Leyland Hippos with an open military cabs and bodies, known in service as the Hippo Mk I or the WSW17. In 1943, as a result of D-Day preparations, Leyland commenced designing an updated version, the Hippo Mk II. Production commenced in 1944 and roughly 1,000 were in service by VE Day. They remained in British service into the 1970s.

  4. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    The Leyland Hippo Mk II was a heavy general service cargo truck used by the British Army and Royal Air Force during World War II and the immediate post-war years.

    Throughout 1939 and 1940 the British Armed Forces took delivery of 330 Leyland Hippo Mk Is. Also known as the WSW17, the Hippo Mk I was a militarised version of the pre-war Leyland Hippo truck with an open military cab and body.

    The Leyland Hippo Mk II was a new design by Leyland, developed as a result of the planning for D-Day, which concluded that trucks with 10 long tons (10 t) cargo capacity offered considerable logistic advantages over smaller vehicles. Design of the Hippo Mk II commenced in 1943 with production commencing in late 1944. The Hippo Mk II arrived too late to see service in the days immediately after D-Day, but roughly 1,000 were in service by VE Day and they remained in service with the British Army and the Royal Air Force into the 1950s.

    The Leyland Hippo Mk II was a wheeled 6x4 truck, powered by a 100 bhp (75 kW) Leyland six-cylinder inline diesel engine, through a five-speed gearbox and two-speed auxiliary gearbox. The Hippo Mk II had a new two man enclosed steel cab with pull-down windows, the top portion of the cab could be removed to reduce the overall height for shipping. The Mk II was fitted with single tyres at the rear, the Mk IIA was fitted with narrower dual wheels at the rear, this necessitating the need to carry two spare tyres for the front and rear.

    The standard general service Hippo Mk II body was a steel framed, timber well type incorporating the wheel arches which reduced the loading height, an important consideration given most of the loading and unloading was done by hand. Steel hoops and a canvas cover gave weather protection and prevented identification of the load by the enemy. Some Hippo Mk IIs were fitted with large van bodies and several with expanding bodies. The sides on the latter were split horizontally, the top half expanding up to give greater roof coverage, the bottom half down to give greater floor space, multiple vehicles could be linked together to form a consolidated workshop area. Post-war bodies included a 2,000 imp gal (9,100 l) refueller.

  5. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Second World War
    In 1941 plans were announced for the Titan TD8, but had to be shelved when the Government ordered Leyland Motors to stop production of all passenger chassis and concentrate on military vehicles. The Ministry of Supply, however, allowed Leyland to build as many buses as possible from components which had already been assembled, resulting in the construction of 196 TD7's and 22 TS11's, such vehicles being known as 'unfrozen'.
  6. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    A photo of Leyland trucks that used Leyland Bus parts in their construction. Early 1930’s but you get the point

  7. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    And another “interesting” conversion.....RAF on this one

  8. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Another interesting story about a Leyland Tiger

    VR5742, Manchester Corporation Transport No. 28.

    A 1930 Leyland Tiger TS2 with Manchester Corporation B32R body.
    The Leyland Tiger introduced in 1927, was a single-deck version of the very successful TD series Titan double-decker.

    The body was completely rebuilt in 1937 and became an ambulance between 1940 and 1947 when it was again modified to a city centre canteen for bus crews lasting a further 20 years.


    Source for most of the photo’s and info above:

    The Leyland Society
  9. ploughman

    ploughman Junior Member

    Thanks for that info.
    Where is the Tiger in the last photo?
    Leyland museum? or somewhere else.
  10. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    I believe its located at the Museum Of Transport in Greater Manchester, or at least they would have more information on it. Link to the Museum below

    Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

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