Trearddur Bay says goodbye to its TW01 County Tractor

Lifeboats News Release

The first 1184 County tractor to be commissioned by the RNLI has gone into retirement being replaced by a newer version TW44 tractor unit.

Tractor Drivers

RNLI/Pauline Hardman

TW01's Past drivers
TW01 was delivered to Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station in 1996 and was one of 50 still in operation throughout the RNLI.

Built by Clayton Engineering Company in the mid 70's it is fundamentally based on a Ford 1184 County agricultural tractor that was redesigned for aquatic use and was used to launch Trearddur Bay's Atlantic 75 then later the Atlantic 85 from 2011.

During her 23 year stay TW01 launched the lifeboat twice weekly on exercise most weeks as well as an average of 30+ services a year. Due to a constant and fastidious maintenance schedule conducted by the numerous volunteer shore crew and station mechanics she never failed to launch when needed.

Tractor drivers old and new

RNLI/Pauline Hardman

TW01 Drivers, old and new
TW01 County Tractor

RNLI/Pauline Hardman

TW01 County Tractor

RNLI/Pauline Hardman

Trearddur Bay County Tractor TW01

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