St Cuthbert's Co-operative Association Ltd

Delivery Van

SC 4860

St Cuthbert's Cooperative Association Ltd delivery van  -  Registration No SC 4860

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Darnie Devlin, Edinburgh

 

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St Cuthbert's Co-operative Association Ltd

Delivery Van

This early St Cuthbert's Co-op delivery van appears to be in remarkably good condition, possibly newly delivered.  I don't know the date or location of this photograph.

This van was registered in Edinburgh.  Perhaps all St Cuthbert's vans were registered there.

However, it may have operated in Glasgow.  I have a photo of the back of this van.  In the back of the van is a set of scales labelled 'SCWS Ltd., Glasgow'.

Question

Andy Hall

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England

Andy Hall asked another question about St Cuthbert's vehicles

Andy wrote:

St Cuthbert's Co-operative Association Ltd

Three-wheeled Milk Delivery Vehicles

"I was home last week visiting family and we had a discussion about milk delivery vehicles.  We can all remember the Store (St. Cuthberts) having rather odd-looking three-wheeled vehicles with a triangular cab.  I think they ran on diesel.

Does anyone else recall these?  By whom the were built?"

Andy Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England:  March 19, 2011

Reply to Andy?

If you can help to answer the question that Andy asks above, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 19, 2011

Answer

1.

Jim Patience

Alberta, Canada

Thank you to Jim Patience who wrote

Scammell

"I seem to remember the three-wheeled vans.  I'm sure they were called Scammells."

Jim Patience, Alberta, Canada:  March 19, 2011

I looked up Scammell on Google Images and it found an interesting variety of pictures of vehicles, large and small, including the 3-wheeled Scammel Scarab vans used in railway goods yards.

Searching Google images for Scammel Milk Float produced a few images of 3-wheeled milk floats, including one for Unigate.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 19, 2011

Answer

2.

Edith Caulfield

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Edith Caulfield who wrote

Electric Vehicles

"I'm sure the St Cuthbert's 3-wheeled vans were electric, My friend's brother used to drive one and he had a fatal accident with it.  His name was Tommy Mcgarry.  This would have been between 1956 and 1958.  He used to deliver around Firrhill Loan, Crescent, and Drive in Colinton Mains.

I also checked BBC site 'Scotland on Film'.  There is a brief mention from Alfie Smith posted April 14 2002 indicating that they were electric, in the last sentence of his entry."

Edith Caulfield:  Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  March 22, 2011

Answer

3.

Ian Munro

Kirkliston, Edinburgh

Thank you to Ian Munro who wrote:

Milk Floats

"I can answer some of the question you have been asked about St Cuthbert's milk floats as I was employed in their workshops as an apprentice.

From what I recall used Scammel chassis were sent to the mechanical workshops where reconditioned steering and axles were fitted. A new Perkins diesel engine was also fitted.

The Cabin and body on the milk floats were made of wood by the coach building dept. This work was all carried out at St Cuthbert's transport dept. in Gardners Crescent, Edinburgh, supervised by the transport manager Archie Prentice."

Ian Munro, Kirkliston, Edinburgh:  March 11, 2013

 

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