Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

Posted on 07/08/2015


Photo taken on May 23, 2015



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Agriculture
Tractor
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David Brown
Cwmbran
Greenmeadow Community Farm


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David Brown Tractor, Greenmeadow Community Farm. Cwmbran 23 May 2015

David Brown Tractor, Greenmeadow Community Farm. Cwmbran  23 May 2015
This David Brown tractor has suffered the fate of many others in the country, downgraded to children's play equipment. In this case with a new persona "Trefor 1" (I won't translate this into English!).

David Brown was established in 1860, manufacturing patterns. By 1873 they had moved into gear production. By 1920 they were the largest worm gear factory in the world. In 1935 they patented a controlled differential steering system which was used on the WW2 Churchill tank and post war Centurion and Conqueror tanks. They started producing tractors in 1936 in collaboration with Harry Ferguson producing the Ferguson-Brown tractor before producing their own after a collaboration with Henry Ford. In WW2 they produced heavy tractors including one for moving bombs around airbases, and plant for the Royal Engineers. In 1947 David Brown acquired the Aston Martin works, leading to the Aston Martin DB series. In 1972 tractor operations were sold off to the American firm Tenneco Incorporated. The rest of the firm was acquired by Textron Incorporated, but continues trading as David Brown Engineering supplying, amongst other items, transmissions for the British Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and the American Bradley Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Greenmeadow Community Farm, once private, was taken over by the local council and, for many years leased to a tenant farmer. Today it is council run as a Community Farm. Unfortunately, many traces of the adjacent Cwmbran Colliery were erased in the process of establishing the farm.

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