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Nolan Transport / Jump Forward (Past Picture Post)

Happy Tuesday one and all. Today I’m jumping forward a bit (I’ll return to earlier things) to the mid to late nineties when Dad took a job at the legendary Nolan Transport! Good old Movin’ On! Still a favourite name! He had done the odd trip abroad at that point, mostly covering an owner drivers holiday’s. I went with him on one trip. The owner driver had a set weekly route, every week he would deliver starter motors to 4 or 5 BMW factories and in what was my first time abroad it was in that lorry (No pics sadly) was in that lorry to those factories. Remember those little temporary passports you could have issued at Post Office? I had one of those.

Anyhow back to pics. He worked at Nolans several years and got to every corner of Europe with them. My favourite lorry of his there was the 1850. 500bhp is still high today, then it was like we consider 660’s now. And I’ve had a soft spot for Mercedes SK’s since then. Even EPS, electronic powershift, a electronically controlled gear box, not a lot got on with them but Dad liked them. Not an auto as such as you still had to change gear. Back then Nolan’s was all Mercedes or Iveco and the truck you got was something of a lucky dip, often depending on Seamus Nolan’s mood, often bad! But also your attitude and reliability, more than most places I’ve worked at it was very much the ‘Golden Boys’ who got the new ones! 

Loading shellfish on a beach in West of Ireland before running to Rosslare to drop at direct boat for France . Usually weighed 48/50 tonnes!

Whatever you think of them they are one of Europe’s legendary transport companies. And still a family business.

And before anyone says ‘Nolan’s are probably still running that’ which is a bit predictable at this stage! Back in these days their new truck buying was legendary! Also re their now old fleet fact is they are all very well looked after in their workshops, and I say that when there really is no love lost between me and the New Ross Mafia. 


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