A West Park Dairy Wagon

As of 2011 West Park Farm is the dairy farm in Market Lavington. It has been a dairy farm for at least 90 years and it was 80 years ago that they acquired their own rail wagons for sending milk up to London.

1931 milk tank wagon belonging to West Park Farm of Market Lavington

The first four tanks to be used by West Park Dairy went into service in 1931. This one, on chassis 2021 was one of them. Another couple joined them in 1934. They were 3000-gallon glass lined tanks and that weight required a 6-wheeled Great Western Railway chassis to support it.

The first delivery of milk by these tanks was in October 1931. The tanks were filled at Lavington Station on the first of October and unloaded at Cricklewood (London) the next day.

The tanks were bought by Mr Hubert Lawrence, who owned West Park Farm and Dairy. They were supplied by the Holland Tank Company. The tanks were painted brown and had yellow lettering on them.

These wagons are fitted with a patent sun canopy, which left an air space between it and the top of the tank.


3 Responses to “A West Park Dairy Wagon”

  1. West Park Dairy tank wagon | Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] on the Great Western Railway. We have featured a photo of one such wagon in the past. You can click here to read that page but as a reminder, here’s the same photo […]

  2. Dave Allsebrook Says:

    I Found this very interesting as I have just bought an N gauge model of this wagon that is made by “Dapol”. You are probably correct about the weight of the tank requiring a 6 wheel chassis. The other reason for using these chassis was because these tankers were not just moved in goods trains but were often attached to semi-fast passenger trains to get the milk to London while it was still fresh. A 6 wheel tanker was found to be far more stable than a 4 wheel one at these higher speeds.

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