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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Sep 2022 2:31 a.m. PST

…The occupiers captured milk trucks in several hromadas [administrative units designating a city, town or village, or a group of villages, and their adjacent territories – ed.] in Mykolaiv Oblast and are using them to covertly transport fuel to areas of hostilities."…

Ukrainian Pravda: link

Hey You22 Sep 2022 5:38 a.m. PST

I was already looking through my matchbox for these:


when I realized milk trucks are basically tanker trucks nowadays. So old am I…

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 9:10 a.m. PST

Is that Agent John Steed ? 😲

Heedless Horseman22 Sep 2022 10:11 a.m. PST

Looks so.
But…if milk delivery is as 'reliable' as mine, (Bless Them!), good luck with that, Ruskies!
Check bottle tops… might get Diesel instead of Petrol!

Hey You22 Sep 2022 12:49 p.m. PST

Mr. Steed indeed. Season 4, Episode 9 "The Hour That Never Was". "Catseye Steed; that's what they called me."

JimDuncanUK22 Sep 2022 1:43 p.m. PST

The vehicle above is called a milk float, electrically powered. I used to work on one in the 60's.

Hey You22 Sep 2022 1:59 p.m. PST

Wow! I did not know that Jim. Hard to believe there were electric cars that far back. I always assumed all cars were gasoline powered. Now I'm wondering how long to charge them, where to charge them, and what was their range.

jeffbird22 Sep 2022 2:49 p.m. PST

It was the normal way of delivering milk in the UK for donkeys years.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 3:57 p.m. PST

Mr. Steed indeed. Season 4, Episode 9 "The Hour That Never Was". "Catseye Steed; that's what they called me."
I like that show and of course Miss Emma Peele !

The Milk Truck is nice too ! In many wars civilian vehicles were press into service. E.g. In WWI the Paris Cabs drove French soldiers to the front.

JimDuncanUK23 Sep 2022 3:13 a.m. PST

All you need to know about milk floats is here:


From memory a milk float was fairly slow and pretty quiet. The dairy I worked for (Edinburgh and Dumfries) was on the west side of town (Gorgie) and my milk run started at Piershill and went all the way to Joppa (east side) (one way trip of 7 miles) so a daily range of all the way across town and back again with a lot of stop starts in between. The milk float then had to be recharged before the next daily run. It carried a ton of milk in heavy glass bottles which had to be returned empty every day.

Great paying job for a young teenager.

Andy ONeill23 Sep 2022 7:35 a.m. PST

Weird thing. Early powered buses were electric rather than internal combustion.

I couldn't find a reference just now but to charge them, the whole superstructure lifted off to reveal the vehicle bed with it's batteries.

IIRC the idea of using batteries to power milk floats was they were quiet.
Quite dangerous in modern cars, that aspect.
Pedestrians expect a car to make more noise as it starts up.

JimDuncanUK23 Sep 2022 8:08 a.m. PST

IIRC the idea of using batteries to power milk floats was they were quiet.

Quietness was essential when your milk round started around 4-5 am in the summer, later in the winter and visited almost every house in the street(s). Glass milk bottles clanked quite a lot too.

Heedless Horseman23 Sep 2022 5:34 p.m. PST

UK. Round our way, Dairies used them into 2000s. Once saw one overturned on Dual Carriageway as it had been returning to depot. Think it might have been a 3 wheeler.

Heedless Horseman23 Sep 2022 10:30 p.m. PST

Now, Milk Deliveries way down on earlier years. ONE has become two in my street, with another nearby. Milk whizzes around in a conventional modified Transit.

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