Corgi Cargoes

 

Corgi Cargoes, with the exception of the transport box (skip) for the Massey Ferguson tractor, were loads for trucks, all made in standard sizes to fit the load beds of Corgi commercial vehicles - in particular the Commer & ERF lorries, both flatbed and dropside variants and the two four-wheel trailers; numbers 100 and 102. Of course all the flat bodies shared the same casting and all the dropsides shared another casting, the cargoes sit on top of the drop-sides,  all of which enabled the development of this range which added heaps to the play value.

I saved up my own pocket money and bought a plank load back in the 60s which I know is lurking in my garage somewhere.

1490 Skip With Three Churns

What a find! I knew that I had one of these. I remember buying it from the toy shop, it came in a blister pack on a card and cost me 1s 3d, when that was a substantial sum to me at the time. I also remember how much I liked it. Since I got back into diecasts I have wanted to replace it. I had been close a few times and always shied away from spending so much cash on such a tiny scrap of metal. These are rare and not cheap.

Imagine my delight when my old childhood toybox surfaced again in the loft about twenty years ago and this was in it together with a single churn (or milk kit as it would have been called on our family dairy farm). I think the churn is a Britains, the Corgi ones were metal I think and this is plastic, who cares. I got it back.

It is quite an accurate model of a very useful tool in daily use on our farm in the sixties, we called it a tractor box. It actually hung from the rear lift arms, which are not modelled on the Corgi Ferguson as they are on the Fordson and Ford tractors. It could therefore be dropped to the ground using the hydraulics and the tailboard removed giving a flat ground-level loading height. Then it could be lifted again using the tractor hydraulics. It was most useful for small loads like bales of hay or milk kits as here - taking them to the end of the road to meet the wagon from the dairy, every dairy farmer did that every day, last job before breakfast.

It's other main job as far as I can remember was carrying dead animals (usually sheep) out into the paddock to be buried. Once the hole was dug and the beast interred you could reverse into the heap of soil to fill in the hole and then drive the tractor over the finished grave to flatten it down. As I said, very useful.

 

         
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