Oman: Tired old Bedford-tankers

They are getting few and fewer: The old Bedford MKJ 4×4 with their 5000 liter water-tank. They are slow, they smoke and they look tired and worn out – but every day they are on duty after so many years…

…I am not sure if we will ever see their successors of Asian origin in the same age one day.

Oman: Lonely remants of an old Bedford RL truck

Apparently there are not many vehicle wrecks to be found in Oman's part of the Rub' al-Khali. This may be found in the fact that motorisation of Oman has only started very late, at the end of the first half of the 20. Century.

So, wherever you find a piece of metal – it bears some atteaction to the traveler (considered there is a certain interest in history). We did not find an actual truck wreck in this case but only the cargo tray. The manufacturing plate was still on and told that it was once built by “Reynolds and Boughten” in Great Britain.

After some research and in particular with the assistance of the always helpful members of the MLU-Forum, the truck was identified. It is a Bedford RL as it wasmanufactured from the mid-1950s until the late 1960s and in use at that time with the British army.

The reference photo is of a similar truck, taken in 1966 by Ivor “Taff” Davies in Aden (and shown here with his kind permission)