Winsford man brings antique trucks back to life

In Mid Cheshire we have a significant collection of classic trucks and other heavy vehicles, and it’s all down to one man. Manchester-born Kevin Casselden moved to Winsford at the age of seven; he spent his young days in the Meadow Bank area watching the salt lorries carrying the salt to the station at Wharton. He also enjoyed trips out with his dad, who drove a tanker.

Then in the 1970s, his parents took over The Royal Oak pub in Winsford Market Place soon after it had been converted to the Bees Knees. In the late 1970s, he acquired his first classic HGVs, a 1947 Fordson followed by a 1959 ERF as seen. He repaired and overhauled them, and the interest was born.

Kevin with his first wagons – a 1947 Fordson followed by a 1959 ERF It didn’t take much for this interest in classic heavy vehicles to grow into a successful hobby.

He combined this with running his own tankers, the modern one seen in the photo carries self-levelling screed compound for new floors. Winsford man brings antique trucks back to life Kevin’s modern truck

Over the years and through some house changes, he ended up with his own yard and workshops, in which derelict trucks, cars and modern heavy goods vehicles were stored. Here in the photos, we see a few examples of his work to bring antique wagons and a first-class Showmans Caravan back to life. But to start, there is a 1948 ERF that first became part of the White Star shipping line, famous for the Titanic.

This wagon is one of those with a replica load on the back that houses living accommodation, to a high standard. This wagon, like the others, has been brought back to an as-new condition. Winsford man brings antique trucks back to life

The Bamlets Foden with a 1948 ERF The Bamlets Foden alongside it was bought in 2014 and although in a reasonable condition, Kevin got it back to perfection, even putting the first owner’s name on the body. The photo of the rare but almost derelict tanker is an example of what a wagon can look like before restoration takes place.

Winsford man brings antique trucks back to life Rare but almost derelict tanker Kevin has also returned two veteran and vintage cars to perfect condition, and they now reside in a private museum.

But his fame must have spread as he was contracted to provide the transport for the Liverpool Giants in 2018 and he is seen here with one of them. The giants had come from France, and it was also his job to test one or two of them. Winsford man brings antique trucks back to life

Kevin with one of the Liverpool Giants Then another interesting job for his company was to provide the water for classic railway Locomotives on tours. In the photo here one of Kevin’s trucks has met up with 46101 The Royal Scot in Carlisle, and it is being filled with water to continue onwards with its classic train.

Winsford man brings antique trucks back to life One of the trucks with The Royal Scot in Carlisle Last but not least is a model of a Scammell Ballast tractor with everything present and as you can see, drivable.

It is a miniature scale model of an actual existing tractor and is a popular sight driving around rally grounds. Winsford man brings antique trucks back to life A model of a Scammell Ballast tractor

In future Yesteryears, I will feature a full-sized Scammell tractor unit and the pristine showman’s caravan that it pulls.

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