Milk van, Great Western Railway

1936 in Swindon Works
railway company:
Great Western Railway
GWR Siphon (bogie milk van) No. 2775, 2004.

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GWR Siphon (bogie milk van) No. 2775, 2004.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Milk Van, Great Western Railway, 14 ton bogie milk van, 'Siphon G', No. 2775, built Swindon Works, date authorised 17th March 1936, date to traffic 24th November 1936, date condemned 23rd March 1957. [Built to diagram number GWR Carriage 033, post war rebuilt to diagram number 059, construction span 1926-1955, number built 205].

The Great Western Railway served the rural West of England and as such had to transport lots of milk traffic. The Siphon series of van was named after the GWR telegraphic code for ‘milk van’. These telegraphic codes were used to shorten messages sent between railway stations and GWR officers.

Siphons had appeared as early as the 1870s, although this example was built in 1936 and is a Siphon G, of which over 130 were made.

The Siphons continued to be built and used into the British Railways era. By 1957 this example had been withdrawn.


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