Updated 6th July 2011
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Welcome to Milk Float Corner, to the best of my knowledge the only site on the web dedicated to "our friends electric" - the humble milk float. Designed for reliability, durability, and quietness of operation, milk floats are also pollution-free as they glide around during the early hours, and for most people who keep normal hours, the only evidence that they exist at all is the appearance of a pint of milk on the doorstep each morning. But although they may be inconspicuous, they are appealing little vehicles and this page aims to give them a bit more recognition.
A typical milk float consists of a very sturdy chassis, to carry the weight of batteries and milk whilst requiring a minimum of maintenance. Onto this is built a basic cab structure and a canopy. This formula makes for a simple and virtually indestructible vehicle, and it is not uncommon for milk floats to last over 30 years in service - many examples dating from the 1960s are still in service today in various parts of the country. There are also chilled floats, in which the rear end is enclosed so that the milk can be kept colder throughout the distribution process; the enclosed area tends to have sliding doors for ease of access.
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Various Pictures of milk
floats and other interesting electric vehicles. There are also
some Audio and Video clips of
milk floats sent in by readers.
Frequently Asked Questions about milk floats
Milk Float Documents - including some interesting promotional and technical documents relating to milk floats.
Speed Trial - an electric milk float sets a 73mph speed record
Milk Float Manufacturers page
Want to buy a milk float? We have a list of Milk Floats For Sale and Electric Vehicle Specialists who should be able to help.
Milk Floats in the Arts - now covers film and TV as well as poems sent in by readers, and songs and bands featuring milk floats in their lyrics or names
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Thanks to the following contributors to this site: Stephen
Smith, Derek Williams, Josh Hayles, Paul Brady, Dave Fane, Peter
Relf, Richard Haughey, Peter Jarman, Don Reid, Daniel Hill, Dave
Harrison, David Coulson, Martin Rees, Peter Rowlands, Nick
Sampson, Richard Lund, Laura Root, Clare Alexander, Paul, Mr. K.
M. Wright, Russell Woodward, John Hamilton, Stephen Cobb, Gary
M, Adam Ramjhon, Andrew Mackay, Phillip Evans, Martyn Sutton,
Rod Brannan, Graham Brook, Martin Cleaver. Peter Davenport.
Site Founder: Dave Root.
Currently maintained by: Tim Fardell.
Disclaimer - We are not experts on the subject of milk floats - we just like them. This page is not (yet) intended to be a detailed source of information, merely an appreciation. If we have made any errors in identifying floats, please accept our advance apologies - corrections are welcomed!
Copyright Notice - All material on this web site is copyright of the original authors and appears here by kind permission of the respective owners. Material may not be reproduced or reused in any format for any purpose without the express permission of the copyright owner. Contact me to request permission to use material.