D.H. Jones Classic Plant & Machinery Collection


D.H. Jones Classic Plant & Machinery Collection

01981 250642

Kept in dry storage since 1982

Wednesday 24th July commencing at 12 Noon
Held at Stoney Street, Madley, Herefordshire HR2 9NH
On view: Tuesday 23rd July 9am to 4pm

Civil Engineering Contractors Plant, Machinery, Vehicles, Sundries & Other Equipment, including:
Excavators, Draglines & Loading Shovels: Ruston Bucyrus 22RB Aircooled (1971 - YW729J), Ruston Bucyrus 19 RB (1975), Ruston Bucyrus 10RB (1958 – UAX 751), 2 x O&K RH6 Excavators (1970 - WAX 176H & 1972), Hymac HM 590C Excavator (1974), International Hough 30 Payloader and Ripper

Bulldozers & Traxcavators: Caterpillar D6B Dozer, Bucyrus Erie Bullgrader TD14 (1944), International BTD8 Dozer, International 175 Series C Traxcavator, International 125B Traxcavator (1972 – CWO 73K), International 100 B Series 2 Traxcavator (1966), Caterpillar 951 Traxcavator 5 Tine Ripper (1966 - KAX 526D),

Backhoes: 2 x JCB 3c II Backhoes (1974 – PWO 75M), JCB 3c Backhoe (1965 – FAX 177C), Hymac 370 Backhoe

Dumpers & Rollers: Marshall 4 Cylinder Diesel RoadRoller (1948 - HAX 368), Winget 2WD Dumper, Winget 3Ton 4x4 Dumper (YAX 702J - 1971), 2 x Winget Dumper, Benford 1Ton Dumper (1973 - KAX375L)

Vehicles: Scammell 20 NU Type-GDC Tractor Unit - heavy duty coupling (1954 - NAX 272), Land Rover Series II LWB Hard Top (1969 - TAX 120G), Land Rover Series II LWB Truck Cab (382 FAX), Leyland Sherpa Deluxe 230 Van (1979 - BUH 23V), Range Rover Turbo D (1991 - J792 NDE), Rover 2000 Automatic Saloon Car (1977 - EYL 494S), Ford Escort MKIII (1990- H998 FMO) and Ford Escort MKIV (1996- P737 DBL), VW Passat Estate (1994 - M140 TKN)

Small Plant: Cargohoist winch, Holman of Stafford 3 Cylinder Diesel Compressor, 3 3 ½ Mixers, Wolsley Stationery Engine, Ruston Hornsby Engine, Liner Portsaw, Broomwade Compressor, Lister Compressor, Stoddart & Pitt Roller, Hirth Monorail Engine with Rails & Stands

A full catalogue for the auction will be available shortly and Online Bidding will be available for this sale on brightwellslive.com. For all further information contact: Madley Office: 01981 250642 Email: machinery@brightwells.com

The story behind the collection:
The history of Plant from the 50’s to the 80’s, captured in a private collection…

Brightwells Auctioneers are delighted to have been instructed by the family of David H Jones to sell his life time collection of Classic Plant. The auction is expected to amount to approx. 40 machinery and vehicle lots, plus sundries and other equipment.

David Jones, with his brother Mansel, was the joint owner/ and manager of J E Jones Civil Engineering Contractors of Blackwood, Monmouthshire during the 1950’s to early 1980’s. The family firm having been started by his father John [ Jack ] Jones in 1927, is thought to have had first excavator in Monmouthshire.

All the plant and equipment included in the sale was once part of the contracting firm and is in the main 1950s to mid-1970s registered. David was always proud of the firm’s plant and thought it reflected the strength and capacity of the whole contracting outfit. 

“My father used to say that the collection was not just some big machines, but was a whole civil engineering outfit with all equipment and ancillaries”… says Stephen Jones (son)

The pictures seen here were taken just before the plant and equipment was moved to Brightwells Madley site and show how it was preserved in dry storage from 1982 to date.  In fact, almost all the machines and equipment were driven into the sheds in Blackwood by Mr Albert Williams, who we are pleased to say will be at the sale. 

The firm’s work included major water authority contracts in the South East Wales area including large pipelines, pumping stations and storage reservoirs.  They also undertook large land reclamation work, as the South Wales Coal Field started to close down in the late 1960s. 

All the plant, apart from a 1941 ex-US army Ruston Erie (manufactured in Milwaukee, USA) was bought new and is therefore one owner and in the case of the 1954 registered Scammell usually had one driver, the chief fitter Len Pask, who was a big presence at the yard in every way for many decades.  His nephew, Alan was a Welsh international and British Lion Number 8 in the 1960s. 

“The story of this plant’s preservation is I think unique but it is only half the story, as the other half of the J E Jones Contractors fleet was sold off in 1984, when it was of course working contractor’s plant. 

Now 35 years later and following my father’s passing it is time for the collection to be dispersed and to be acquired and enjoyed by enthusiastic collectors and users, who wish to become the next owners and custodians of these machines and ancillary items with their unique history and provenance” … Stephen Jones (son).


James Thomas
Plant, Machinery & HGV

Tel: 01981 250642

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