Alex Seal

Milk Tanks

With milk trains running from Penzance to London via Bristol, it seems that none of my western region model railway layouts escape the need for the distinctive 6 wheeled milk tank.

Milk Tanks
© John Langford

Sadly it appears that being non passenger carrying coaching stock there is limited published information about them in coaches or wagon books. Study of period photographs of milk trains, especially those of the Hemyock Branch in Devon, reveal that these workings were not limited to former GWR designs but also ex SR and LMS tanks.

The Dapol model is very close to GWR Diagram O.54 or LMS 1992/3.

BR Milk Tanks

2536 BR??? Quainton
B3192

GWR Designs

Dia Built Lot Running Nos. Tot Dimensions Preserved Remarks
O36 1932 ? W2071-2073 3     CWS
O38 1932-36 ? W2043 / W2057

15 20ft 6in x 7ft 9in W2504
W2506
United, CWS, IMS
6 alum + 4 enamelled steel tanks
P (1543 was one Lot)
1486 W2504-2509
? W2528-2530
? W2540-2543
O39 1934 1497 W2512-2517 18 20ft 6in x 8ft 0in W2536 UD(W), United
P
1517 W2531-2536
1937 1585 W2587-2592
O41 1935 ? W2547-2558
W2935
13     L Co-op Twin 1500 gallon tanks
O42 1935-9 1561 W2561-2563 10 20ft 6in x 7ft 9in   Express
Cased
13ft (6ft 6in x 6ft 6in)
P
1607 W2593-2594
1613 W2595-2598
O43         20ft 6in x 7ft 9in   P
O44 ? 1387 W2002 ???   20ft 6in x 7ft 8in W2009 Rebuilt from O23 P
O45   1470 ?   20ft 6in x 7ft 6in W2016 P
O47 1936 1583 W2581-2586 6 20ft 6in x 7ft 9in   United P
O49 1940 ? W2932-2535 4     L Co-op Twin 1500 gallon tanks
O51 1942/3 1619? W2947-2952
W2958-2963
12     United
 
O52 1942 ? W2553-2556 16     Express
1944 ? W2995-3000   Cow & Gate
1945 ? W1958-1960
W1963-1965
  MMB
O53 1944 ? W1951-1954 7 21ft 6in x 7ft 6in   Aplin & Barrett
1678 W1955-1957   CWS
O54 1946 1696 W1968-1977 10     Express - Cased P
O55 1946 1697 W1978-1983 18 20ft 6in x 7ft 9in W1985 Cow & G
1698 W1984 / W1985 Aplin & Barrett
1699 W1986-1995 MMB
O56 1952? 1725 W3055-3060 32 20ft 6in x 7ft 9in W3176 Independent Milk Supplies
1733 W3108-3119 Independent Milk Supplies
1741 W3073-3076 Aplin & Barrett
1760 W3186-3195 Independent Milk Supplies P
O57 1946 1700? W3001-3023
W3033
24   W3018 United
1716 35? 37? 43? 52? ?   W3035
W3037
W3043
W3052
United
O58 1947 1717 W3023-3028 10 21ft 6in x 7ft 6½in   Cow & G
Twin Compartment
1950 1742 W3120-3123
O60     3071???        
O61 1950 1761 W3196-3205 10 20ft 6in x 8ft 0in   P
O64 1950 1759 W3166-3185 20 20ft 6in x 7ft 9in W3176 P
O65 1951 1758 W3148-3153 6 20ft 6in x 7ft 9in   P

http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/gwrbrmilktanks

Preserved Examples

LMS Designs

LMS milk tanks

Dia Built Lot Running Nos. Tot   Dimensions Preserved Remarks
1989       3        
        1        
        1        
1990       5        
        2        
        1        
1991       3        
1992 1937-9 1077 (part) M44006-11
M44016-9
M44032-5
14 Derby      
1993       25        
1994       3        
        5        
        6        
        2        
        2        
        6        
        6        
        3        
        4        
        3        
        12        
        2        
        3        
        1        
        3        
        6        
        5        
        4        
        3        
        1        
        3        
        1        
        12        
        5        
        1        
        2        
        3        
        2        
        6        
        4        
        4        
        6        
2173 1950 1580 M44500-9 62 Derby &
Earlestown
20ft 6in x 7ft 9in    
  1950 1614 M44510-1    
  1950-1 1640 M44512-61 Derby    
2174 1950 1641 M44263-8 6 Derby 20ft 6in x 7ft 9in    

ADW44018 Midland Railway Centre
ADW44044 Lot812 East Somerset Railway
44057 National Railway Museum

LNER Designs

Dia        
121 Four-wheeled glass-lined 2000 gallons 12T  
122 14T  
166  
183 Six-wheeled truck for mobile road milk tanker -    
184 Six-wheeled glass-lined 3000 14T Some converted from 122
220  
222 2000 12T Conversions Dia. 121
295 Six-wheeled truck for mobile road milk tanker -    
323 Six-wheeled glass-lined 3000 14T  
325  
333  

http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/lnermilktank

SR Designs

Dia Built Lot Running Nos. Tot Built Type Dairy Preserved Remarks
D.3153 1932   S4410-4413 4 Lancing Aluminium     Type 2 Casing
D.3154     S4414-4418 5         Mobile Tank Type 2 (10?)
    S4425-4426 2    
D.3155 1932   S4419-4424 6 Lancing Glass United Dairies   Type 3
D.3156 1933   S4427-4428 2 Lancing Stainless Steal     Type 4 Casing later removed
D.3157 1933   S4429-4432 16 Lancing Glass United Dairies   Type 5
1943-44   S4455-4466
D.3158 1935   S4433-4434 2 Ashford Glass     Type 6
D.3159 1937   S4404-4409 6 Ashford Glass Express Dairies   Rebuilt from 4 wheelers
D.316-       3         Mobile Tank
D.3161 1937-44   S4435-4454 20 Ashford / Eastleigh Stainless Steal     Type 7

4409 11/31 New Frame 02/37 withdrawn 1972 Didcot Railway Centre
4430 09/33 withdrawn 1980 D.3157 Bluebell Railway

All 20’6 over headstocks with 6’6 x 6’6 wheelbase.

Photographs
John Langford Hemyock Don't Click Here!
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Supervised by three diary personnel and one BR employee, a milk tank moves across the road under its own mommentum at Hemyock on 23 August 1964.

© John Langford
Western Steam In Devon And Cornwall

Mark Yarwood / Great Western Trust Hemyock Don't Click Here!
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Class 1400 0-4-2T 1450, together with two six wheel milk tank wagons stands at Hemyock on 28 August 1964.

© Mark Yarwood / Great Western Trust
The Changing Railway Scene: Western Region

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