Offering for sale a fine example of a Wrenn “STAR SALT” 4 Wheeled Salt Wagon model reference number W5018 This model was introduced by Wrenn in 1974 and production continued for a period of ten years until 1985.
There were two of variations so the exact number made is unknown. The wagon is finished in red/brown with white logo and running number 105. The item is complete with a replacement (un-labelled) late period four box, inner yellow sleeve and packaging.
Industrial salt was often shipped in standard open wagons, however several companies used low-roofed vans for their salt, typically with a simple pitched roof (known as “cottage topped wagons” by railwaymen). These were typically a standard 7 or 8 plank open wagon fitted with cupboard doors and the pitched roof (this allowed them to use standard wagon parts such as corner plates, easing maintenance).
The ornate liveries seen on salt vans were I suspect mainly confined to wagons carrying table salt, the industrial stuff did not benefit much from advertising to the general public in this way.