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Tartan Arrow

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1966. Electrically-operated goliath crane with a lifting capacity of 20 tons built for Tartan Arrow.

Road hauliers

1953 Company established as road freight hauliers.

1964 Shares in Tartan Arrow Service were to be traded on the Stock Exchange[1]

1965 Having developed the concept of running dedicated freight trains to handle the company's freight between London and Glasgow, the company signed an agreemnt with British Rail[2] but this met resistance from the rail unions[3]

1966 The Transport Holding Co acquired 75 percent of the shares in the company

1967 Complete nationalisation of the company, which helped diffuse industrial action against some of the company's operations, particularly the new train service planned between London and Glasgow; the company had started sending its freight by road rather than by Condor and Liner trains in response to the industrial action[4]. The Tartan Arrow rail service started regular week-day operation in July.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Feb. 19, 1964
  2. The Times Aug. 13, 1966
  3. The Times, Apr. 11, 1967
  4. The Times Feb. 14, 1967