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Other Bus Boards => Non PSV's => Topic started by: John Wakefield on March 12, 2019, 10:52:20 AM

Title: Mini Moke oddity
Post by: John Wakefield on March 12, 2019, 10:52:20 AM
This little van based on a Mini Moke (although licenced as a COMET) was recently being advertised by Talisman Coaches of Gt Bromley. Registered on a Q plate (Q838FLD) it looks to have been used by City Sightseeing of Ramsgate Margate & Broadstairs presumably as a publicity vehicle. Anyone know the history of this little vehicle.
(https://i66.servimg.com/u/f66/17/77/69/16/q838fl11.jpg)
(https://i66.servimg.com/u/f66/17/77/69/16/q838fl10.jpg)
Title: Re: Mini Moke oddity
Post by: TCD813 on March 14, 2019, 01:38:51 PM
What fun!

It puts me in mind of the Wonder of the Peak (https://discoverbuxton.co.uk/tours/victorian-tram-tours/wonder-peak-tram-tour/) 'tram' tour in Buxton.

(https://discoverbuxton.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Screen-Shot-1-1.png)

(Seating inside only.)

Actually, a converted milk-float.

Quote from: Nick Christie, first 'tram conductor'
Our milkman had told us about the town of Polperro in Cornwall which had used milk floats for some years to transport visitors up and down the steep hill to the harbour. We were intrigued and set off to visit the town.
The set up in Polperro was very simple and involved a 5 minute journey but it sparked a huge light in our minds. We discovered that a local Buxton man, Keith Wood, bought and reconditioned milk floats for Dairy Crest and so we approached him and asked whether he could realise our dream.
Keith was up for a challenge and rejoiced in creating our vision. We won’t pretend that it was an easy creation, there were tears but in the end the tram was ready.

Read more... (https://discoverbuxton.co.uk/peak-district-tourism/)
Title: Re: Mini Moke oddity
Post by: Spoddendale on March 14, 2019, 06:43:45 PM
I visited Polperro in June 2013. Three vehicles were in operation at the time, two milk float derived electric vehicles and one Suzuki motor vehicles. Some of my photographs of the Polperro operation may be seen by following this link:

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/1224848

David