KTB 181 is a 1947 Brush 40cwt chassis; it was originally built with van bodywork for Chorley Hygienic Laundries as one of a pair, but was rebodied for Bates by Cocker of Southport. The bodywork bears similarities to that on 1970s Ross floats pictured elsewhere on the site. It is seen in Southport in 1982. Photo by Stephen Cobb; thanks to Paul Brady for identifying the float.
This curious looking design was known as the Bugden and was operated in large numbers by Job's Dairy; with its upright cab and vertical steering wheel it bore some resemblance to the "Rider Pram" built by Express subsidiary Electruk (Lewis of Watford) and its "Helecs" lookalike built by Ross. DPN 293C is seen in a withdrawn state. Photo by Paul Brady.