These videos were taken in the town of Whitby - the place my mother's people came from.
Supposedly I am related to Elizabeth Gaskell, the Victorian novelist. My Mother's maiden name was Gaskell and her father's people came from Whitby. And my middle name is Elizabeth.
How about that!
Elizabeth The Steambus
Welcome to Elizabeth's page...
It was all the way back in 1931 when Elizabeth saw her first light of day, being created at the Sentinel Waggon Works in Shrewsbury. She is very special for a number of reasons and here are some of them.
Being one of the first vehicles turned out with modern inflatable tyres made her revolutionary at the time. Believe it or not, only six DG6’s survive and of those, only two are of the pneumatic tyre type. By some strange quirk, Elizabeth’s only true Sister lives no more than 60 miles from her! However, that is where the similarity ends.
While Elizabeth is seen by untold numbers of people every single year, her counterpart has not been out of her shed for nearly 30 years. In 1931, Elizabeth began her working life with the Cement Marketing Company, performing sterling service for them until the late 1940’s.
Facing redundancy, Elizabeth was rescued to start a new life as a Tar Sprayer in the north east, at Bituminous Road Products of Middlesbrough. Following a very useful, but relatively short tenure, she again found a new owner, in the well known road contractor, Glossops. Here, she ended her first working life, going on to pass through the hands of many enthusiast owners in what was to be a life in preservation spanning over 40 years.
When she became available in 2002, our offer was accepted and the rest, as they say is history. Her Bus, or Charabanc body was lovingly constructed using the time honoured coach building method, along with traditional materials. Some 60 cubic feet of beautiful white ash and mahogany went into producing what you now see.
Sentinel produced these vehicles with the intent that they would be multi purpose and Elizabeth fits that criteria perfectly. When you take a ride, you will hear the incredible story of how officialdom had to be fought to allow Elizabeth to take to the road as a Bus.
Marvel at how the Government were lobbied to change the Road Traffic Act and no less than the Secretary of State for Transport agreed to issue a special licence for Elizabeth to legally carry passengers.