Today I saw something that I'd not seen in ages....

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by vernon, 17 Jul 2012.

  1. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    An electric milk float.

    Delivering milk in Kirkstall, Leeds.

    I can't remember when I last saw one on the road.

    When I was a kid in Darlington, the Co-op operated a large fleet of electric milk floats and there were one or two independent dairies operating them. Where have they all gone?
     
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  2. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Location:
    Greater Manchester
    They were the idea vehicle for the job but many people buying their milk at the supermarket and not having doorstep delivery and, I think, dairy companies stopped investing in the maintenance of the vehicles believing that diesel transits were the better option at the time killed off the service and the need for the electric milkfloat.

    There a re a few survivors still about, some have been brought up to date with modern motors, controllers and batteries like this one on Ebay recently.

    Others are broken up for the valuable scrap.
    I have a motor and a reversing switch from two different milkfloats in my workshop for use in my electric car project.

    I would like to have an electric milkfloat to play with but I would also need a three phase supply for the charger.
     
  3. In my first job we had an electric milk float, that we used to take product from the factory to the warehouse 500 yards away.
    It was my favourite part of the day :thumbsup:
     
  4. perplexed

    perplexed Guru

    Location:
    Sheffield
    I nearly got run over by one of those three wheeled buggers once...
     
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    vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    Mine must have grown an extra wheel....
     
  6. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Location:
    Greater Manchester
    I grew up with these on the streets.
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    A friend of my Dad started a Thai restaurant and was doing home deliveries with one. He originally bought it to replace the horse and cart he was using for his rag and bone round and decided it would be ideal for the restaurant business.

    I never knew they came in four wheel versions until they were no longer on the road.
     
  7. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Location:
    Greater Manchester
    The motor I have came from one of these (now used fro recycling collection).
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  8. HovR

    HovR Über Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    There's an electric float that still delivers fairly locally to me. I see it most days on my commute. It wasn't long ago that the milkman who delivers down my street used a float - However now it has been replaced with a van. :sad:
     
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    vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    I never knew that there were three wheeled versions until now.

    However, I used to fantasise about owning a Scammel Scarab.

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    In fact I still would like to own one
     
  10. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Location:
    Greater Manchester
    I love them, and all things Scammell.

    Arch is after me getting one to restore.:thumbsup:

    I always fancied one of the Dartford Tunnel recovery versions, only two made IIRC.
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    vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    :wub:
     
  12. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    Still got one down my way in SE London. He doesn't deliver milk until about 11am though which could be why they are disappearing.
     
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    vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    Here's a diesel project for sale at £3950

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    And the accompanying text:

    scammell scarab 6tonner 1967 diesel.
    owing to ill health i am selling my scarab
    rolling chassis fully restored its even drivable
    cab @tinwork require restoration not to big a job
    if you are handy ex ransom bearing of newark
    seems to be very low mileage for further info
    give me a ring for a chat or come and have a look
    kettles allways on these are becoming rarer so grab
    yourself a bargain. £3950 ovno

    That roughly half the cost of a BSA Gold Star - another object of desire.....
     
  14. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Location:
    Greater Manchester
    That would be so tempting...:wub:

    No money and equally ill health would prevent me from going for it though.:sad:
     
  15. andylaw79

    andylaw79 Über Member

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    Just reminded me of one of the funniest Father Ted episodes.
     
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