The company of Cranes (Dereham) Limited (usually referred to as Cranes Trailers) were an early manufacturer of trailers for road haulage and built some of the early heavy haulage trailers used by firms such as Pickfords and Robert Wynn with the steam road locomotives of the early 20th century. Cranes were based in the town of Derham in Norfolk, England. But a various manufacturing facilities in the UK.
Subsidiaries / take overs
- Boden Trailers Ltd - 1967
- Crane Fruehauf Trailers (North Walsham) Ltd - JV between Crane, Fruehauf, and Wall Engineering.
- Dennison Trailers of Ireland - 1967 - 51 % stake acquired & 100% in 1975
- Created Rentco Nationwide Ltd to lease trailers - 1970
- t/o Imperial Coach builders - 1971
- create Crane Fruehauf Iran Ltd - 1975
- t/o Abel Bodywork of Oldham - 1977
- pole / timber carriers
- Low loaders - early solid tyred versions shown in some old photos of steam heavy haulage
- Turntable chassis - used for living vans and showmans caravans as well as early road trains of wagons in steam haulage. latter used with pneumatic tyres by the army.
- Box vans
- Semi trailers
- Tanker units
Listed in 1976 M&M commission enquire
- Andover Trailers
- Concargo Ltd - Branded as ?
- Craven Homalloy - 3 trading co's
- Duramin Engineering Co.
- R.A. Dyson & Co.
- Freight Bonallock Ltd
- King Truck (Equipment) Ltd - latter King Trailers
- Merriworth (Engineering) Ltd
- M & G Trailers (LYE) Ltd
- North Western Trailers Ltd
- Overlander Ltd
- Taskers Trailers Ltd
- Weeks Trailers Ltd
- Specialist trailer builders
- Heavy Haulage Contractors
References / sources
- UK Competition Commission report pt 3 Pdf report from 1980s enquiry int trailer industry
- UK Competition Commission report pt 2 Pdf report on Fruehauf