Hunslet Reach Trucks
Over forty years ago, in
October 1962, BBC’s Tomorrow’s
World demonstrated a reach truck made by Irion of Germany.
The concept of an electric side-loading vehicle was developed
in the early 1950s when the country was rebuilding after World
Impressed by what he had seen in Germany, a high-ranking Army
official returned home with the first of these trucks to be brought
A Leeds engineering company, Hunslet Holdings Ltd, who had been
manufacturing steam locomotives since the early 1800s, imported
the first trucks and reached agreement to manufacture them under
licence to Irion.
Hunslet used their expertise to develop, modify and improve the
truck, resulting in its lifting capacity increasing to 2 tons,
and then later 3 tons, the two models that are still in use today.