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  1. The GWR built several diagrams of milk tanker for Express Dairies, O42, O52, O54 and O64. Express Dairies seemed to favour the ladder mounted centrally with the nameplates to the left. Diagram O54 at least seems to have done without the plate and just had the text painted on the tank side. Diagram O42 were similar when new. I suspect that the nameplates were added later on after the tanks were pooled during WW2. All the tanks that I can positively identify as Express Dairy tanks seem to have the nameplates mounted at the left hand end. There ar
  2. I am not an expert but I think it would depend on whether the brake van was fitted or not. If it was not fitted, it would definitely have to go at the back as the milk tanks could not have an unfitted vehicle between them and the loco. If the brake van was fitted then I suppose in theory it could have gone anywhere in the rake. What actually happened in practice I am not sure.
  3. You are right about that. A toad brake van was often used after the withdrawal of passenger services on the branch.
  4. Just came across this nice shot. Definitely showing top-filling in progress rather than just washing out. Once more, there are slim pipes over the tanks that look like they might be retractable. I am not completely sure but I think it is the United Dairies creamery at Ecton on the Leek and Manifold line. http://www.bpodmore.co.uk/images/milk_tank1.jpg
  5. This is always a favourite picture I reach for when the subject of trailing vehicles on a branchline train crops up. This is the 3.20 p.m. mixed train from Marlow to Bourne End in 1954. Sadly it doesn't show the entire train so there may well be a brake van at the rear. But is is certainly a lovely shot with plenty of possibilities that shows "interesting" workings survived well into the BR era. http://www.mdrs.org.uk/localrailways/nas_1411spadeoak.jpg
  6. Don't worry Bruce. It is one thing to work in movements, it is quite another to remember the minutia of how tanks were filled at individual facilities. Having said that, if you do recall any interesting details, there are plenty of us who would love to hear them.
  7. Thanks for the suggestion, I will try looking that up. The one at White City was Wood Lane, another United Dairies establishment. Quite surprising the two were built so close together.
  8. Thanks for the suggestion. That is where I found the photo in the OP. Sadly most of the photos are either post-demolition or facing the wrong direction.
  9. Following the closure of the S&D in 1966, milk traffic from Bailey Gate continued for three more years but was worked southward to the ex-LSWR mainline at Broadstone. I don't know if that is too late to be of interest to you. Some dairy produce was collected from the diary at Corfe and made its way all the way to Kent to serve the Medway ports but I think this was churn traffic rather than tankers.
  10. Please can anyone suggest some good photos of the United Dairies bottling plant at Mitre Bridge Junction? It was located just north of the signal box on the curve between Mitre Bridge Junction and West London Junction. Any photos from around 1930 to 1970 would be great. They don't have to be from the ground, any aerial photos would do. I have only managed to find a few very distant, blurry shots. The best one I have found is this one taken from Willesden MPD. You can see the United Dairies lettering on the chimney but someone has inconveniently parked a loco in front of it, blocking the shot.
  11. Compared to the recent Farish coaches, theses sets represent great value for money.
  12. With all the Covid-related disruption at the moment, I guess that is understandable.
  13. I never met him in person but we exchanged emails on several occasions and his in-depth knowledge was matched by the generosity with which he shared it. He was happy to help with my research on a couple occasions. He will be greatly missed. Condolences to his friends and family at this difficult time.
  14. I remember the 119s on the North Downs line.
  15. Milk would get my vote. The traffic lasted up until 1980 and railside dairies came in various shapes and sizes. The smart art deco example at Moreton in the Marsh is always a favourite of mine and loosely inspired the kit-bashed dairy on my layout.
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