Offering for sale a fine example of a Wrenn “Colman” 4 Wheeled Salt Wagon model reference number W5024
This model was introduced by Wrenn in 1973 and production continued for a period of seven years until 1980. There were a number of variations so the exact number made is unknown. The wagon is finished in green with black and yellow logo with black writing, running number 15.
The item is complete with original 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.