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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:54 am    Post subject: Electric milk floats Reply with quote

Are there still any of these in regular use?

In the 1970s I well remember rival companies Heald Dairies and the Co-Op, whirring up and down our cul-de-sac, bottles of full-cream and semi-skimmed rattling away in their crates.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or Ernie's ghostly gold-tops
A-rattling in their crate?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I suppose there still may be some in the bigger conurbations.

There are some which have been given other roles.

These people might know

http://www.milkfloats.org.uk/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is one in regular use in Ainsdale (southport)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spotted one in Long Eaton a year or two back, they were common once upon a time when the Co-Op had a large fleet in the town but they stopped years ago, this looked like an enterprising one man band operation. There is still a demand for milk deliveries, despite what the big firms think.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a new Start-up operation being conducted in the Westest of Wales [Lleyn Peninsular, somewhere?], shown on a TV documentary not long ago...possibly Countryfile, or summat similar? They were using a leccy milk float for deliveries of locally produced [fresh-from-farm] milk & associated products.

Possibly something about it on the net?

I live not too far from Hull.....and up until fairly recent times [this century!!] I used to come across milk floats there....Although I'm not certain about things today?

Of course, I view a good-nick milk float as an ideal pensioner's LGV....big enough to fetch & carry an engine or gearbox [or two?], and slow enough to really get to annoy the younger road users. [which is what pensioners weer invented for?}
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman wrote:
Hi
I suppose there still may be some in the bigger conurbations.
There are some which have been given other roles.
These people might know

http://www.milkfloats.org.uk/


Active groups here too........

https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/milko/conversations/messages

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1305328722877689/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great example of how to win friends......

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Of course, I view a good-nick milk float as an ideal pensioner's LGV....big enough to fetch & carry an engine or gearbox [or two?], and slow enough to really get to annoy the younger road users. [which is what pensioners weer invented for?}

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm long past worrying about 'winning friends'......

After all, it is every older parents' task in life, to thoroughly embarrass their kids at every opportunity...

Call it revenge, if you like......?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, my Co-op days of 1977! Getting up at 4.30 am, rattling off to the dairy in my Moggie, loading up 36 crates of milk and then setting off into the wide blue yonder, roller blind doors letting the wind whistle in. Heading out of Leicester on the Narborough road and downhill hitting a heady indicated 26 mph before peeling off to Aylestone to keep everyone happy for their morning cuppa. Speed dropped to a yawn-inspiring 14 mph and then even lower as I went uphill. In winter it wasn't fun I assure you, fingers going completely numb as one wrestled with frozen milk with the caps being pushed off the bottles. So, daily duty being done, it was back to the dairy to clock out and home for brekky. But the memory of the intense pain as feeling returned to frozen hands is a memory not forgotten. It was fun in the summer though. The rota was always seven on three off, so Mon/Tues, then Wed/Thurs, and finally a weekend when someone else had to do the collecting. Of course, the dairy is long gone and milk is delivered by Tesco with the groceries these days. Sic transit gloria.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lowdrag wrote:
Ah, my Co-op days of 1977! Sic transit gloria.


I have driven many a sick Transit...never one called 'gloria', however..... Smile


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helped rescue this many years ago, from a museum seeking extra space in their stores ...



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks like the de-luxe version Rick. It has two wipers ;-
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I saw one with empty crates on-board, parked up and plugged in outside a domestic garage on the B6228 nr Chorley today.

When I figure out how to download photos from my new phone I will post one up.
Got it now.



This is the same place but a different float.
https://goo.gl/maps/Ff2RU6PL5P72
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just bouncing this back up to the top (thanks Penman)

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