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Leyland Super Hippos 14 Apr 2012 01:39 #80350

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These Hippos belonged to The North Australian Pastoral Company out Boulia Qld way ,would have being big gear back in the 1950s .Wouldnt mind one of them now
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Spent 3 nights with one of the drivers at Boulia and Winton after the last big Alice Springs truck show one and half years ago.
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Re: Leyland Hippos 14 Apr 2012 06:37 #80351

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A good looking fleet, Leyland seemed to have their act together in the 50s. Those crates look like something copied from the railways, are they set up for side loading?
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Re: Leyland Hippos 14 Apr 2012 18:51 #80352

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That No 6 is a bit odd. The cab looks like it uses the front of Leyland's forward control cab and the bonnet is parallel sides instead of tapering out to cab width at the rear. maybe it is a rebuild of a forward control???
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Re: Leyland Hippos 14 Apr 2012 23:36 #80353

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athipete,They were set up as road trains and it was easier to pull along side of ramp.they were modelled on the railway cattle wagon.Depending on size of the cattle the truck would hold about 12 head and trailer 13
mammoth, 6 of the Hippos are late 40s, ,but looking at truck No 7 in first photo that might be a latter model ,I could be wrong about that ,if so I am sure some one will correct me :-? :-? :-?.
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Re: Leyland Hippos 15 Apr 2012 20:56 #80354

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The bonnetted version of the Hippo was called the Super Hippo and was introduced around 1948. The cab on No 7 was standard all the way though the 50's until the early 60's when a (slightly) more modern style of front was introduced
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Re: Leyland Hippos 15 Apr 2012 22:23 #80355

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The side loading doors/ramp are double - the same as the railway K wagon. And there is no doubt the crates were modeled on the railway cattle wagon of the era.

Even later when they changed over to Mack body trucks - they kept the same style of crate on the truck - but the more convential type on the dog trailers - which I think were 45ft McGraths.

Note - some of the Leylands have single drive wheels/tyres and winchs on the front.


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Re: Leyland Hippos 16 Apr 2012 06:03 #80356

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Photo courtsey of Old Australian Macks facebook collection.

While this photo is described differently on the facebook page - I believe these to be the NAP Co fleet of Macks that replaced their Leylands.

A similar partial photo of the same trucks is in the Leader book.

Note - the crates on the trucks are similar to the Leyland ones - and the new dog trailers are unusually long (for the day) - I suspect they are 45 footers. There was of course a few 45ft self tracking dogs operated in the NT.



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Re: Leyland Hippos 16 Apr 2012 07:02 #80357

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Thanks for the info on these. Now one more Leyland question..
What made a truck a "Super" I know we had Hippos and Super Hippos, Comets and Super Comets but what was it just a marketing thing?
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Re: Leyland Hippos 16 Apr 2012 08:23 #80358

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While I havent heard of Super Comets - but I know there were Beavers and Super Beavers. And I dont know the difference either - but could it be an engine change (bigger motor = Super)??

Was it the difference between the bonneted and COE versions??

What I do remember is - they were bloody big trucks for their time - not to mention the HUGE steering wheel.

Now getting back to the different cab designs on the NAP Co trucks - there is something deep in my mind about these bonneted Leylands arriving in Aust with only part cabs - floor, firewall, seats and dash, etc - and a Brisbane company called Athol & Hedges being contracted to make and fit the rest!!! And they may well of been wooden framed too. This may have only applied to the earlier version - like NAP Co No6.

Like always ISTBC on this.

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Re: Leyland Hippos 16 Apr 2012 08:25 #80359

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PS to last posting.

That BIG steering wheel can be seen in the first photo. An average sized driver actually looked thru the wheel rather than over it.

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