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There was a lengthy discussion on Milk tanks several years ago in the forum. Try out the 'Search' facilities (the 'classic forum' version) for milk tankers in this 'Prototype' division and see what you can find. Some one who responded at that time was going to write a book on the subject... I haven't seen it yet!

Express Dairies had creameries at Cricklewood and at Ilford which closed in the 1970s. The latter was served by a cross-London working from either the Midland Mainline or even further afield.

The Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society (RACS) had their HQ in Woolwich, SE London, where I grew up, and I would think that their tankers would have been seen on the Southern Railway/SR of BR - I must admit I never saw one and certainly Woolwich Arsenal Station never had a creamery near it. But there was a siding at Plumstead Station serving some form of RACS works. I must admit although I model 4mm/16.5mm gauge, I did buy one of the Dapol RACS 2mm tankers out of sheer nostalgia!

I suspect that the tankers running on the S&C would have been heading for Leeds and/or Bradford rather than London.

MMB was developed from arrangements made during WW2 and is more associated with BR days.

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John Webb
 

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Clearing up last year's magazines to the store in the loft, I came across two articles on milk trains in 'Model Rail'.

"Milking it!" Part 1 was in issue 119, July 2008, pages 52-56; Part 2 was in issue 120, Summer 2008, pages 28-30. Both parts are well illustrated with pictures of the prototype trains in various parts of the country.

(Try www.model-rail.com for back numbers, perhaps?)

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John Webb
 
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