Access the old fashioned way

07 December 2009

Seen alongside one of Higher Access’s modern Leo 26T spider platforms it’s hard to believe this truc

Seen alongside one of Higher Access’s modern Leo 26T spider platforms it’s hard to believe this truck mounted unit was still operational until 1976.

Manchester based spider platform specialists Higher Access received a surprise visit from one of the UK's oldest vehicle mounted platforms.

The curators of the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport visited the Higher Access Manchester depot with a vintage Tower Wagon, the all timber scissor lift entered service in 1949 on a Leyland Titan PD2/4 chassis powered by a Leyland 9.8ltr engine. The vehicle mounted scissor had been a regular sight in and around Manchester and was operated by Bolton Corporation Transport, the truck was finally taken out of service in 1976.

The vehicle has a maximum speed of 35mph and the scissor lift is operated by manually turning a handle to elevate the platform, it is thought the vehicle's sole job was to inspect and maintain street lighting.

Paul Hyde Sales Manager for Higher Access said, "It was fantastic for the museum to bring their platform out to show us, we have a long relationship with the curators whom were visiting us to undertake training on one of our CS135 spider platforms, the truck certainly turned a few heads when it arrived at the depot, it's really great to see these kind of vehicles being used and not just as exhibits"

Anybody wishing to see the Tower Wagon can do so at Greater Manchester Transport Society Museum of Transport.

Latest News
Access Alliance welcomes Plantool
Plantool joins UK and Ireland rental alliance at Belfast meeting 
Partnerlift takes on SIM-Tec
Rental, sales and service company expands cooperative’s presence in Rhineland
Venpa acquires LocaTop
Investment continues group’s fast expansion in Italy