Intrigued by this vehicle, various photos and sales leaflet here, further details anyone and does it survive ?
main site with lots of other good pics and BRUFF literature
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With regards to the Type 44, we believe it probably ended up in America owned by Wickham Railcars of Goodyear, Arizona. However, this company ceased trading some years ago and the last owner passed away suddenly in 2012 before we were able to meet up. I was hoping to discover more about the history of the firm after the site at Ware was closed and when they merged with Bruff to form Wickham Rail.
Hello Robin/Jonathan, that's an amazing set of photos you have got on flicker. All those within the factory, I worked for Bruff during this period and have a bit of detail during this period, only what I can remember though. I think I sent you all the publicity on Wickham I had kept. Your details on the Type 44 are correct, I never did find out what happened to it but I am sure it ended up in Phoenix after about the mid 90's. I think I still have a couple of multi pictured calendars still which showcase the Bruff and Wickham products.
James, yes the photos were supplied by someone who worked at both Suckley & Bishop's Frome. I'd really like to track down more former employees from these two sites, Ware & Goodyear (Arizona)
I should have written "these two sites as well as Ware (Hertfordshire), Stevenage (Hertfordshire) and Goodyear (Arizona, USA)
In light of the recent comments regarding the Manchester Metro Land Rover I was looking at my notes regarding Wickham Rail road/railers. It seems that the Type 44 isn't included on the website. Might be worth adding now that Land Rover G518 JKD is.
My notes suggest that the company did convert a second Land Rover D695 AUT which was a 130 Pick up.
I don't think the registration for the second Land Rover is correct Peter, this comes back to a blue Nissan which was scrapped circa 1994.
Does anyone have a photo of the Type 44 we can use on here please?
Did it ever see any use here?
Thanks Dan. I suspect my notes of the registration might have become incorrect during transcription. So might be similar to D695 AUT, perhaps D695 AVT.
Some emails today have revealed that a Wickham Rail publicity brochure that can be seen in https://www.flickr.com/photos/112499646@N07/albums/72157640750768653/with/14117384734/ has two pictures of a road/rail Land Rover 110 Pick Up which could well be this. Expert eyes suggest the rail gear is marked Bruff so perhaps the original conversion dates from the latter Bruff days (pre 1990).
I can rule out 695AVT, as well as 685 with both suffixes. I think we'll have to leave that one as a mystery for now until more info surfaces!