Vintage truck details revealed

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THE West Yorkshire Archive Service is displaying registration documents of pre-1976 vehicles.

Old photographs include a 1947 image of the Halifax Corporation Snow Team of David Brown Industrials.

The registration marks ACP 241 – ACP 246 were all registered in Halifax.

David Brown began as a general pattern maker in 1860 and became a famous name in tractor production.

Also featured is a lorry from Halifax’s world-famous Crossley’s carpet company, based at Dean Clough, and a Glossop’s tar- spraying lorry.

The archive collection consists of more than 1,000 boxes of vehicle files, index cards and vehicle registers.

The Motor Car Act 1903 made it compulsory for vehicles to be registered with local authorities and to display registration marks.

People can now search the records personally or for a standard fee of £12 for a half-hour search (including two free copies) West Yorkshire Archive Service can research registration marks for you.

To promote the service a display on Vehicle Registration will be available in all five search rooms of the WYAS until March 2.

The display covers the areas of motor licensing, classic and vintage vehicles, Jowett cars, military and emergency vehicles, David Brown Tractors and company vehicles.

Graham Hebble-thwaite, chief officer of West Yorkshire Joint Services, which oversees the work of the archive service, said: “The service wants to open up its unique, extensive and varied holdings to new audiences, helping them find tanswers to their questions.”

The Calderdale Archive address is WYAS, Calderdale, Central Library, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax HX1, 1UN. Tel 01422 392636. Email: calder