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New Ford 4000 tractors

New Ford 4000 tractors outside Robertson's garage, opposite the old library, Laing St. 1971. The tractor nearest the camera is CBS 17J, now owned by Leslie Alexander.

[I miss the quirkiness of having an agricultural machinery dealers across a narrow road from the library - Steven]
Picture added on 22 January 2013 at 19:56
The one at the far end looks bigger than the rest.
Anonymous comment added on 22 January 2013
Wow! We BS number plate freaks need to see a picture of that! ( CBS 17J )
Added by Al Hine on 23 January 2013
I always thought that the flats now on that site should have been - 3000,4000,5000 and 7000 Laing Street.
Added by Ian Tait on 23 January 2013
Ane o these tractors would be one we had, bought new by Mr David Moss from Holm in 1971-72 maybe one o the best tractors we ever had, we bought her from J & W Tait in 1974.
When I was looking to replace her after a few years I went to Jimmy Robertson for a new one Jimmy said " Bue yae wid be better buying twa good coos instead"!. So I went tae Robbie Flett and bought a John Deere! so ending my love of Ford tractors!

That was Jimmy Robertson who else wid turn down the chance tae sell a new tractor, aye only Jimmy!.
Another time I asked Jimmy about a good second hand baler if he knew of one coming in, so he phoned me to say he had one of the type I wanted I said fine I would take her, "Naa naa yill better come in tae see her" so I set off tae the toon, at that time a whole day away only tae be told by Jimmy "Bue aam selt that baler tae a man fae Birsay"!!.
I think I went tae the pub I was so mad still he wiz a fine craiter
Added by John Budge on 23 January 2013
The tractor at the far end is indeed bigger. It is a Ford 5000, Reg No. CBS 5J, bought by North Ronaldsay Forage Group. The others are as follows (in no particular order):
CBS 4J, Ritch, Drydale Stromness
CBS 6J, Flett, Garth, Harray
CBS 7J, Garson, Hewan, Sandwick
CBS 8J, Hutchison, Arion, Stromness
CBS 9J, Sinclair, Ness, Sandwick
CBS 17J, Harvey, Quoyholmslie, Stromness
Added by Leslie Alexander on 24 January 2013
Please can I have a copy of this photograph?
Added by Janine Miller on 23 May 2018
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