1960 Kirby & West milk float WRY 342 is donated to the Trust
After receiving news that local company Kirby & West were withdrawing some of their famous milk floats it was decided wouldn’t it be a good idea if the Trust acquired one. LTHT director Mike Greenwood duly contacted Kirby & West to see if they may be willing to donate one of their iconic floats to the Trust. Kirby & West responded and confirmed they were reducing their battery electric fleet down to 16 vehicles plus two more mothballed as spares. However, the good news was that K&W’s director Graham Smith had agreed to donate one of the two mothballed spare floats, WRY 342, to the Trust.
Arrangements were made and K&W’s transport manager, Rob Hansen, and colleague delivered the float to Stoneygate Tram Depot in September. It came without batteries, which literally weigh a ton, to allow easier manoeuvring around the Depot using the good old push and pull technique!. To get it to the Tram Depot it was towed behind the K&W Land Rover. Kirby & West had spruced WRY 342 up and also supplied some spare wheels and some crates with empty milk bottles.
The Leicester Transport Heritage Trust would like to thank Kirby & West for the generous donation of this well known local transport icon.
below is of a similar Kirby & West milk float 146 ARY alongside ex LCT AEC Renown FJF 40D back in 2012.