Alan George sydd ar ei ffordd i'r Iseldiroedd i godi llwyth o olew ar gyfer y diwydiant bwyd. Alan George travels to Rotterdam to pick up a load of cooking oil with just 72 hour...
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-Mansel Davies is one of the
-most familiar names on our roads.
-You'll inevitably get stuck behind
-one of their 150 lorries.
-But have you ever wondered
-how milk reaches your Cornflakes?
-It's 28,000 litres
-which is more than I could stomach!
-That's only one full load.
-But it isn't the only thing
-It's bye, bye to Holland
-and hello to Belgium.
-The company is decades old and if
-Mansel wasn't holding the pencil...
-..he was certainly at the table
-when the first wheel was designed.
-Take pride in tailing
-these kings of the road...
-..because this series will prove
-that Mansel Davies was there first.
-Keeping 150 lorries on the road...
-..24 hours a day, seven days a week
-all year round...
-..is far from easy.
-They need an experienced workforce
-to keep the wheels turning.
-We have some great lads
-who we have trained ourselves...
-..and have been with us
-for many years.
-They are at the top of their game.
-walk around carrying laptops.
-They plug them into the lorries
-and run diagnostics.
-We can do everything you need to do
-on a lorry in-house.
-If there's a problem, it's best
-to take the lorry to a garage...
-..but when that isn't possible,
-you take the garage to the lorry.
-What's wrong with it, Mark?
-What's wrong with it, Mark?
-A spring has broken.
-The axle has moved
-and blown an airbag.
-I need to remove everything
-and replace the spring and airbag.
-It's an awkward job because
-everything on a lorry is heavy.
-I need to get everything off.
-We all need a Mark in our lives.
-Someone who turns up with a vehicle
-in pieces in the back of his van!
-I've got the new parts to put on.
-At call outs, we ask the driver for
-a rough idea of what has broken...
-..so that we can bring everything
-we might need.
-I think it started to break
-yesterday or last night...
-..but the other has broken
-and is full of holes...
-..and it's stuck here!
-It sounds like quite a blow.
-How do you ruin the suspension
-of such a large lorry?
-Hitting a few potholes
-can cause them to crack.
-I was going from Haverfordwest
-to Caerphilly and back to Kidwelly.
-Mark's a bit of a magic spanner!
-He's been doing it for years.
-Would you like to try it yourself?
-Would you like to try it yourself?
-No, it's alright.
-Not now anyway!
-I'm too old for it.
-It's wear and tear.
-If you happen to hit
-a pothole or something awkwardly...
-..and there's an extra impact
-then they can break easily.
-It's worse in the frost
-and cold weather.
-One of those things.
-Mark changes the suspension of
-a lorry on the side of the road...
-..and makes it sound
-as if he's just made a crumble.
-The Mansel Davies lorries
-don't just cross the Menai Straits.
-They are often
-on the other side of the Channel.
-We started delivering steel
-The milk deliveries
-have been running for 20 years.
-They bring back orange juice
-and various oils.
-We get edible oil from Europe
-for the factory in Felinfach.
-so that they can make a powder.
-It's five hauls a week
-so about one a day.
-Alan George is an old hand
-at driving on the Continent.
-He's just crossed the water.
-We've arrived in Holland
-Europoort is a manmade port
-It's one of the busiest ports
-in the world.
-In order to feed this beast...
-by a massive industrial zone.
-How can I explain
-the size of Europoort to you?
-Port Talbot is about a mile long...
-..so you could fit
-Port Talbot 28 times...
-..into the whole of the Europoort.
-It's quality not quantity, Alan!
-Today, he's collecting
-..but needs to scrub up first.
-I need to put this on.
-I don't know what to call it
-but it's like white overalls.
-These go over my clothes
-before I can take the load.
-I need to put on the cap too...
-..to stop any hair
-getting into the tank.
-And I'm ready.
-I'm ready to fill the tank
-with vegetable oil.
-Hygiene is important
-when transporting food products.
-Everything has to be tagged.
-We'll go and check the tank...
-..to see whether it's dry or not
-for us to load the oil.
-That was simple enough, Alan.
-Off you go!
-I've got a bucket underneath it
-so that there isn't any spillage.
-Next, I need to drag it over...
-..to the tank.
-I bet you're a king
-of purity and hygiene, Alan.
-Well done, lad.
-The microwave meals industry
-relies heavily on this oil.
-The pipe goes into the top.
-I'll leave the bucket over here.
-The next task is to press the button
-to get us started.
-It's starting to fill up.
-I hope to be out of here
-in about 15 to 20 minutes.
-Heaven help you
-if you mix milk with oil...
-..so the tanks need washing
-between every load.
-We wash the inside of every tank and
-this is CIP or Cleaning In Place.
-It's a mechanized system.
-Every milk tanker has to be washed
-within 24 hours...
-..or it's washed between hauls
-if it's a different product.
-Some are washed
-at the end of the day.
-Others are washed in the morning.
-We have two washers.
-You can wash
-two lorries at a time here.
-There's another in Letterston
-where we can wash one at a time.
-There's a process so you don't need
-to climb inside with a toothbrush!
-It's rinsed with cold water...
-..to remove all the residue.
-There are three rinses.
-Next, there's a hot water cycle.
-The water is 60 degrees Centigrade
-with 2% acid or caustic.
-lasts for about 20 minutes...
-..before it's rinsed
-with clean water.
-It takes 30 minutes in total.
-What happens to all that water?
-We recycle most of the water
-and there's little waste.
-All the hot water is recycled.
-We keep the water from the last
-few rinses that cool the tank.
-It's used for the first rinse
-in the next wash.
-We don't use that much water
-and recycle most of it.
-Alan is still loading.
-There's no pressure
-but he doesn't have all day!
-I'm loading vegetable oil.
-It's loaded as hot oil
-at 50 degrees Celsius.
-The tank is like a massive flask.
-It can keep things hot or chilled.
-It's a race against time to be back
-in Felinfach within 72 hours.
-If I'm not back in 72 hours...
-..it could have fallen
-a few degrees...
-..and it'll be difficult to get out.
-That's the difference between
-pumping it out and digging it out!
-The route home is important.
-I plan to travel back
-..into Belgium and then into France.
-I'll cross using the Eurotunnel
-and land in Folkestone.
-It should take four and half hours
-to five hours to reach France...
-..so I hope to be on the train
-to go through the Eurotunnel...
-4.00pm and 5.00pm.
-As soon as I can secure the seal...
-..the clock starts ticking...
-..and I've got 72 hours
-to get back to Felinfach.
-And he's off just like Usain Bolt!
-That's good, Alan.
-Try moving up to second gear.
-In Europe, they always ask
-if Wales is Angleterre.
-I always say, "No Angleterre!"
-"It's Pays de Galles."
-"Oh, Cymru," they say.
-Their attitude totally changes.
-They seem to be a bit more friendly.
-The Dutch are very laid back.
-Nothing is a problem for them.
-There's no telling if they put
-something stronger in their coffee!
-If I didn't know any better,
-I'd say the same about you, Alan!
-Forget the spaghetti.
-You have a load to deliver
-before it turns to lard!
-That isn't the only problem
-when crossing the Continent.
-Most of it's the same
-as it's all European legislation.
-The driving hours
-are exactly the same...
-..but in France, the weight limits
-are slightly different.
-In Holland, they have
-a different combination of trucks...
-..but our lorries conform
-to the regulations of every country.
-The lorries might be legal but
-do the rules change for the drivers?
-In Holland, you can travel at 80mph.
-You're not allowed to overtake...
-..between the hours
-of 6.00am and 10.00am...
-..and between 3.00pm and 7.00pm.
-We're entering Belgium now.
-The speed limit is 90km or 56mph.
-That's on a two-lane
-You're not allowed
-to overtake in the rain.
-In the dry weather...
-..you're not allowed to overtake
-between 6.00pm and 7.00pm.
-So you could say that
-the rules change with the weather!
-The biggest difference
-for travellers in Europe...
-..is the lack of borders so traffic
-can move from country to country.
-It's like crossing
-from Wales into England.
-Is this going to change
-because of Brexit?
-I don't know.
-Who really knows?
-Nobody knows about the restrictions
-or what they plan to do.
-I'm not overly worried about it
-if I'm honest.
-The addition of border controls
-won't be a problem.
-It won't be an issue as long as
-you conform to what they ask of you.
-They won't close ranks...
-..because they want to buy our
-produce and sell to us as well.
-Everyone will just
-have to work together.
-In the meantime, Mark is
-still working on the roadside.
-The finish line is in sight
-but he's hit the wall.
-that he's got the wrong part.
-It would be an issue
-for anyone else...
-..but Adrian is on
-the end of the phone.
-Hang on, I'll check now.
-I think you've got the right one.
-It's the one listed
-unless it's the wrong part number.
-Can you make it fit?
-Let me know.
-Thank you, ta-ra.
-That was Mark.
-The U-bolts I'd given him
-weren't long enough.
-They were half an inch too short.
-He had the right ones
-from what I can see...
-..so he'll have to grind things down
-to make them fit.
-That wasn't a lot of help, Adrian!
-It's up to Mark
-to get his magic spanners out.
-Alan has found third gear and is
-on the road from Dunkirk to Calais.
-It's become dangerous recently.
-Illegal immigrants wait here
-and try to board the lorries...
-..that are crossing
-the Channel to enter Britain.
-There's a lot of immigrants now.
-The biggest problem
-is this free movement...
-..and they want to travel through.
-There's nobody there
-to check their identity.
-I've had two run-ins.
-I was parked in Calais one night
-in a secure lorry park.
-I thought that I was safe.
-I got up at about 3.00am or 4.00am
-on the Saturday...
-..and was preparing to go home.
-I was doing my daily checks...
-..and spotted a man lying between
-the two axles of the trailer...
-..in the wind and rain.
-I had real difficulty
-in getting him out.
-He kept saying, "You go to England.
-I want to go to England."
-But I got rid of him
-and he didn't get to England.
-They are getting more desperate
-and will try anything.
-They throw bricks
-and even bottles...
-..to try to force us to slow down
-so that they can jump inside.
-They are even using children
-so that we take pity on them.
-By allowing the children...
-..the next step
-is to take the parents...
-..and you might end up with
-all the generations of that family.
-Border protection is clear
-on the approach to Calais.
-There is a structure in place
-to protect the driver from attacks.
-This is the last section
-before we reach England.
-I enjoy the train...
-..because it's a quick way
-to travel from France to England...
-..but I prefer the ferry.
-I get to sit down, have a meal
-and I might read the paper...
-..and it gives you time to relax.
-Whilst Alan puts his feet up...
-..Wayne Delve is polishing
-the Sunbeam in the parts department.
-It's another important member
-of the family fleet.
-Mansel owned the bike.
-He won the hillclimb in Birmingham
-and is the only Welshman to do it.
-He started racing motorbikes
-He won the first open race on a
-motorbike at Pendine Sands in 1918.
-The bike has two engines.
-There's this engine
-and he also had a race engine.
-His brother worked with Humber
-He would change the engine
-and use it for racing.
-The bike has been back
-with the family for many years.
-I wouldn't want to race it.
-Mans raced pushbikes
-before racing this engine.
-He said that there wasn't an art
-to motorbike racing.
-You just rode it flat out!
-Pushbikes were far more strenuous.
-He'd go flat out on this
-and didn't find it difficult.
-I think there was
-quite an art to it.
-There's more classic vehicles
-around the yard.
-Some of the workers
-enjoy renovating classic cars...
-..and get to exhibit them
-on Barley Saturday in Cardigan.
-I've had a wash today
-so there isn't a spot of dirt on me.
-I'm surprised you recognized me!
-but what about the car?
-It's a 1959 Ford Popular.
-I bought it from a gentleman in Bath
-about a year ago.
-It was more or less
-ready for the scrap yard.
-I've spent the last year
-cleaning and painting it...
-..and doing all that was needed.
-Today was it's first journey
-on the road since 1981.
-It'll be very embarrassing
-if it doesn't start today.
-The lads have been teasing me
-and offered to push the car around.
-It doesn't matter if I need a push
-because it's part of the fun of it.
-You know a man with a lorry
-to pick you up.
-And I've got a trailer at home.
-He was prepared for trouble
-but didn't need the trailer.
-It's good to have a break
-and do something else.
-You'll have this
-for many years to come.
-I can look at it in 50 years
-and know that I rescued it!
-As well as running
-a massive fleet of lorries...
-..they are the biggest
-Volvo dealer in the area.
-Wayne Delve is the sales manager.
-I get calls from customers
-in the local vicinity...
-..in Cardigan and Aberystwyth.
-They want a lorry
-for a specific purpose.
-We try to sell
-up to 60 lorries a year...
-..but that depends
-on the needs of the customers.
-If they have enough money and
-we can sell them a Volvo or Isuzu...
-a great after-sales care plan.
-Wayne is a born salesman.
-He never misses an opportunity
-to sell a lorry.
-This lorry is the FH model.
-It's one of the biggest lorries
-that can carry up to 44 tonnes.
-This is a new lorry
-that has just arrived.
-It will join
-the Mansel Davies fleet.
-There's a few things to do on it...
-..but it's 500 horsepower
-so has plenty of welly!
-It arrived yesterday
-so we need to prepare it.
-We'll give it a coat of paint...
-..before it goes on the milk runs
-to North Wales and London.
-It has years of work ahead of it.
-After hours of travelling
-..from Holland to England...
-..the Land of Song
-is on the horizon.
-I travel around Europe
-and all over the world.
-It doesn't where I go...
-..the Severn Bridge and Wales
-is always a welcome sight.
-Alan encounters his first queue on
-what has been a trouble-free drive.
-This is the final
-border control of Europe.
-It's the most expensive border
-control in Europe to get into Wales.
-And it's worth every penny, Alan!
-There's a price to pay
-It's a lesson that Mark the mechanic
-knows only too well.
-The sun is setting and he's changed
-the pieces to fit the hole.
-There's just the small matter
-of putting it all back together.
-All that's left to do
-is to replace the wheel.
-That, in itself,
-is beyond the ability of most of us.
-You can park it here unless they are
-panicking about getting it back.
-It's fine now anyway.
-Everything is fine so
-it's Swansea West for the night...
-..and I'll have a McDonald's!
-Charlie is free to go and
-it's the end of a busy day for Mark.
-Everything goes back in the van.
-He has a quick wash
-and away he goes.
-The shop is shut!
-To infinity and beyond.
-S4C Subtitles by Tinopolis
Alan George sydd ar ei ffordd i'r Iseldiroedd i godi llwyth o olew ar gyfer y diwydiant bwyd. Alan George travels to Rotterdam to pick up a load of cooking oil with just 72 hours to do it!