Ipswich Transport Museum
Preserving the transport heritage of Ipswich since 1965, and now supported by the Friends of the Ipswich Transport Museum. The Ipswich Transport Museum is a Registered Charity No. 276626 and an Accredited Museum, number RD890.
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Mercury Timber Tractor
Mercury Timber Tractor width = 600 height = 550
Date:1954
Registration:CDX 894
Acquired by the Museum:1974
Current State:Restored to static condition
A small four wheel timber tractor unit built by Mercury Truck and Tractor Co., it was new to William Browns in Ipswich during 1954 and registered CDX 894. It was used for timber haulage in and around the docks area until the mid 1970s. A feature of these vehicles is that the release of the trailer is by operating a lever inside the cab - there is no safety device to prevent a trailer from being disengaged whilst on the move! The vehicle was obtained for the Museum in 1974.

Over the last few years the chassis has been overhauled and the bodywork completely rebuilt with authentic materials to the original design. The seat has also been reupholstered as part of the restoration. A few details are still needed to complete the restoration.

Timber Trailers

Date:1920s
Registration:-
Acquired by the Museum:1991
Current State:As acquired, unrestored
Timber Trailer
Obtained by the Museum in November 1991, this adjustable length trailer was used behind vehicles like the Mercury Tractor for the transport of timber between the dockside and wood yards. It is believed to date from the 1920s due to its solid tyred wheels and general appearance.

A second timber trailer is also in the collection. It differs in that it has pneumatic tyres and a higher loading platform.