- “Do they expect me to pull that?!”
- ―Daisy refusing to pull the milk van, Branch Line Engines
The Railway Series
Every morning the van is coupled to Thomas' first train, the farmers send the milk to the stations and Thomas delivers the milk to the dairy. When Daisy was preparing for her first train, she refused to pull the van once it was coupled to her claiming it was "bad for her swerves", and she blew a fuse on purpose. Percy and Toby had to take the van in Thomas' absence and Daisy's refusal. However, now that Daisy has learnt sense, she sometimes takes the milk instead of Thomas.
The milk van has occasionally been added on Percy's Mail Train.
The milk van is based on the Great Western Railway's four-wheel slatted side milk van.
The milk van is painted chocolate brown with a light grey roof and with "NW" in yellow paint on both sides. In the My Thomas Story Library books, the milk van was painted dark blue with white lettering reading "MILK" on both sides.
- Branch Line Engines - Daisy and Percy's Predicament
- Really Useful Engines - Mind that Bike
- Wilbert the Forest Engine - Foaming at the Funnel (mentioned)
- 1980 - Annual
- In The Railway Series, the milk van is a four-wheeled wagon, while the Reverend W. Awdry's model of it was a six-wheeled wagon and based on a cattle truck.
- In the television series, the milk van was replaced with a milk tanker, despite it still being referred to as a van.