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From Moorlands to Highlands: A History of Harris & Miners and Brian Harris Transport - John Corah

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The history and development of Brian Harris Transport Ltd Review by Vintage Spirit Magazine
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Many of you will know the name John Corah, either as the long time former organiser of the Devon Coastal Run and one of the custodians of the preserved Taunton Cider Leyland Octopus. John is also a contributor to this magazine. He worked for Brian Harris both as a driver and alter as a signwriter and his work could be seen on the Brian Harris fleet all over the country.
This book follows the history and development of Brian Harris Transport Ltd, the original red, green and yellow liveried lorries that made the trek between Devon and Scotland at regular intervals for over fifty years.
In 1946, Brian's father Jerry, and Sam Miners formed Harris & Miners; with their fleet of two Ford trucks and one Commer tipper, these two men took on the ultimate haulage challenge of the time: road vs. train! The outcome was that Harris & Miners were offered a contract to haul 'Devon Grate' Candy fire surrounds to Glasgow in 1947.
After nationalisation and the acquisition of Blue Waters as a new site for the company depot, young Brian Harris began driving for his father in an Albion Chieftain in 1960. When Jerry Harris passed on, Brian bought out the Miners' family and the company became Brian Harris Transport Ltd. With his fleet of ERF lorries fitted with Gardner engines, Brian set about running the company in a way only understood by him. Over the course of its existence, the company utilised a vast quantity of magnificent machines, including the first ERF 'A' series in that area, the Leyland Roadtrain and one Leyland DAF.
Brian Harris died in April 2012 and his funeral was attended by over 600 people from all over the UK.
This new edition - the third - gives an update to the events that have taken place since the second edition was published in 2007, including the euology given by the author at the funeral and 82 previously unpublished photographs.
John Corah is now a semi-retired signwriter, article writer and heavy goods vehicle driving instructor. (Posted on 25/05/2017)
The be all and end all about Brian Harris Transport and also Harris & Miners. Review by Truckblog.co.uk
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Anyone planning to write a book should, sorry has to read this and use it as a template. I read and read and read, loads of interesting details and the true story from a man who was close to the Harris dynasty for more than 20 years.
This is the third edition of the book and as you can imagine, it is the most complete.
Not only is the book full of amazing anecdotes and information but the photos……oh the photos! From start to finish there are B&W and colour photos of virtually every truck ever operated. Again John Corah has led the way with detail attached to every photo, the book is a masterpiece in every way.
If you don’t know about Brian Harris and you consider yourself a keen UK transport enthusiast, then this is a must read. If your not then read it anyway it will caption your inquisitive nature and you’ll fall for the warmth and camaraderie of BHT that the author seems to ooze from every page. When you finish you’ll feel like you’ve been sat in Brian’s office or that you have been to the Rugglestone Inn, the book is a true gem of a read. I guarantee on some level you will become a fan of the Harris family and the trucks that earned the name and respect of the whole UK haulage industry. This is a proper book written by a proper author about a proper British haulage company. Get it bought before it sells out!!

You can see the full review here: https://truckblog.co.uk/2016/09/02/brian-harris-transport/ (Posted on 17/05/2017)
A book detailing the history of Brian Harris Transport Ltd Review by Mid-Devon Advertiser
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The distinctive red, greed and yellow lorry fleet belonging to the haulage company Brian Harris Transport Ltd was a familiar sight in the Devon landscape and on its roads for more than 50 years.
John Corah, who worked as a driver and signwriter for the company from the 1970s, was inspired to write a book detailing the history of the business, the family and the people who ran it. The book - From Moorlands to Highlands - was originally published in 2002, and a lot has happened in the meantime. So to bring things up-to-date author John has written a brand-new edition.
This new version can be considered a complete revision. The book completes the story about this much-loved Devon company which ceased to trade in 2001 - and the people who worked there.
It contains several new chapters updating what has happened to the staff and vehicles since the closure, and 82 new colour plates showing the HGV fleet through the years.
Owner Brian Harris was a colourful character. He ran his transport company from a little office in a yard in Bovey Tracey, managing deliveries between Devon and Scotland.
Well-known in his home village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Brian could be seen most evenings at his second home the Rugglestone Inn. Sadly, he died in 2012 and at his funeral more than 600 people attended, and writer John gave the eulogy. (Posted on 06/04/2017)
Told in a comfortable style Review by Vintage Roadscene
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The book is in some ways a 'labour of love', as the author tells of working for the company, the people, the vehicles, the development of the business over the years, from the start in 1936, until its closure in 2001, and the late Brian Harris, the man who kept it all going for many years. All this told in a comfortable style, in a 185 page soft-back book, supported by over 240 pictures, many of them in colour, notably showing the people with the ERFs and other vehicles in their striking livery, many signwritten by the author. (Posted on 09/11/2016)
Fascinating Image Review by Truck and Driver Magazine
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This fascinating image-heavy book includes some great images, both colour and black & white, of the fleet through the years. (Posted on 15/09/2016)
82 previously unpublished images Review by CV Driver Magazine
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This book follows the history and development of Brian Harris' Transport Limited, the original red, green and yellow liveried lorries that made the trek between Devon and Scotland at regular intervals for over fifty years. In 1946, Brian's father Jerry, and Sam Miners formed Harris & Miners; with their fleet of two ford trucks and one Commer tipper, these two men took on the ultimate haulage challenge of the time: road vs. train! The outcome was that Harris & Miners were offered a contract to haul 'Devon Grate' Candy fire surrounds to Glasgow in 1947. After nationalisation and the acquisition of Blue Waters as a new site for the company depot, young Brian Harris began driving for his father in an Albion Chieftain in 1960. When Jerry Harris passed, Brian bought out the Miners' family and the company became Brian Harris Transport Limited.
With his fleet of ERF lorries fitted with Gardner engines, Brian set about running the company in a way only understood by him. Over the course of its existence, the company utilised a vast quantity of magnificent machines, including the first ERF 'A' series in that area, the Leyland Roadtrain and one Leyland DAF.
Brian Harris died in April 2012 and his funeral was attended by over 600 people from all over the UK. This new edition gives an update to the events that have taken place since the second edition was published in 2007, including the eulogy given by the author at the funeral and 82 previously unpublished images. John Corah was a driver for Brian Harris in the 1970s and then worked as a sign writer lettering and lining the lorries for 20 years. He is now a semi-retired sign writer, article writer and heavy goods vehicle driving instructor. (Posted on 11/08/2016)

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