History of removal transport

History of Removal Transport

The removal truck is the latest incarnation of removal methods used down the ages by people to transport their possessions from their current abode to their new home. Below is a history of the types of transport that has been used through the ages for the purposes of home removal. The methods of transport are in chronological order, starting with the earliest human movements, going right up to the present day.

Human movement – The earliest human descendents (Neolithic man) would have been nomadic hunter-gatherers who would have frequently moved from place to place. The earliest type of transportation system for them would have been simply carrying what possessions they had (animal skins, tools, food). The next stage of removal transport would have been the horse:

Animal transportation – The domestication of the horse, oxen and donkeys would have facilitated a much greater potential for moving larger amounts of goods. Shelters, built with wood, mud, and grass could be dismantled and built up once a family of group decided to move on, perhaps following cattle. Animal drawn wheeled vehicles probably first developed in Sumer in the ancient near east in the 4th and 5th millennium BCE and spread to Europe and India in the 4th Millennium BCE and China in about 1200 BCE.

Boats – The earliest boats were dug out canoes. People lit a fire on a big log then put it out and dug out the burned wood. About 3100 BCE the Egyptians invented the sailing boat. They were made of bundles of papyrus reeds reeds tied together. They had simple square sails made of sheets of papyrus. However the sail could be used when sailing in one direction. When travelling against the wind the boat had to be sailed. Boats would have enabled the early civilisations to move large distances relatively easily, making migration more likely.

Rail transport – The history of rail transportation dates back nearly 500 years and includes systems with man or horse power and rails of wood. Modern rail transport first appeared in England in the 1820’s. These systems, which made use of the steam locomotive, was the first practical form of mechanized land transport, and they remained the primary form of mechanised land transport for the next 100 years. The upper classes in the UK would have been the first to utilise the new trains when the appeared in England in the 1820’s; they would have used them to move home between the major cities.

Road transport – Today, the German engineer Carl Benz is referred to as the inventor of the modern automobile. Automobiles capable of human transport have been demonstrated as early as 1769. Fuel gas powered internal combustion engines first appeared in 1806, while 1885 marker the introduction of petrol-fuelled internal combustion engines. In 1900 Henry Ford built his 3rd vehicle – a truck. At least some of these earliest trucks would have used for removal purposes. All modern removal lorries can trace their heritage back to this first Ford lorry.

So you can see that the history of removal transport is a long and interesting one. Its interesting to note that for the vast majority of man’s history the dominant form of transport was either human or animal. Its only in the last 100 years or so that man has taken possession of his most popular current removal method – the removal lorry.

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