DIVCO Delivery Trucks

Made in Detroit in the late '30s these fit in the transition era.  Please share photos of yours.

DIVCO Twin Pines Farm Dairy routeDIVCO Twin Pines Farm Dairy

Photo of Twin Pines model courtesy of Ron Morse.

DIVCO Santa Fe LA Commissary

On our layout, I need to find a better spot or make a diorama with diners.

DIVCO Graham Milk Co

John in Lansing, ILL

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Hi Rattler21

I am from Detroit and I am going to re-share your photo.  What is the source of this photo?  It is not from the Twin Pines Era.  

The clue in the COMERICA  BANK SIGN.  In the milk truck era, COMERICA BANK was called Detroit Bank & Trust Company.  They wanted to go national with their banking services so Detroit Bank and Trust Company, changed their name to Comerica.  This took place in 1973, and that sign design is also newer.  Detroit trivia.

Twin Pines Comerica

The Detroit Tigers, MLB, play American League baseball at COMERICA PARK, on Woodward Ave. I have this truck on my layout.  I will look for photos. 

Gary

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Hi John: Thanks for the information on the Twin Pines Milk Truck. I have two milk trucks on my layout, Twin Pines & Borden’s.

This August 19th. is the Woodward Dream Cruise, and you can see a lot of these vintage milk trucks Some of thees guys sell ice cream and milk. Click here for details.

Twin Pines Milk TruckBorden's Milk Truck

Gary: from the Great State of Michigan, we have no palm trees but we have Lionel & MTH Trains.

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Divco trucks were first produced about 1926. The first of the little snub-nose trucks, were built in 1939. The company that built the Divco trucks filed for bankruptcy in 1985. The last Divco was built in 1986.

 So, the trucks shown in these photos above, could easily fit right into your scenery, from 1939 up to 1986, or even later.

Steamer posted:
G3750 posted:

Here's mine.  Spahn's Sweet Home Dairy of Steubenville, OH.

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George

I can remember Divco's still running in the Steubenville area in the '80s...but not what dairy.Might have been Spahn's.

Yeah, I don't recall when Spahn's stopped their deliveries.  My wife and I were married in 1988;  I did manage to take her there once for their fabulous milkshakes before they closed.  My parents took me there pretty regularly. 

They would make the shakes in their Hamilton Beach machines, pour one water glass full and then set the metal cup down in front of you.

George

TCA, NMRA, PRRT&HS Modeling the PRR Panhandle Division between 1948-1957.

trainroomgary posted:

Hi Rattler21

I am from Detroit and I am going to re-share your photo.  What is the source of this photo?  It is not from the Twin Pines Era.  

The clue in the COMERICA  BANK SIGN.  In the milk truck era, COMERICA BANK was called Detroit Bank & Trust Company.  They wanted to go national with their banking services so Detroit Bank and Trust Company, changed their name to Comerica.  This took place in 1973, and that sign design is also newer.  Detroit trivia.

Twin Pines Comerica

The Detroit Tigers, MLB, play American League baseball at COMERICA PARK, on Woodward Ave. I have this truck on my layout.  I will look for photos. 

Gary

Hi Gary,

I don't know the exact source of the photo, but it's recent as you surmised.  The truck belongs to two brothers whose dad was a Twin Pines delivery man.  They did the truck as a tribute to their dad.  It's been at auto shows around the Detroit area, especially Autorama at Cobo Hall.  It was a labor of love and is one of the nicest ones ever done.  As far as the Dream Cruise goes, I call it the Nightmare Parking Lot since there are more everyday cars on the street with the classics along the route watching cars overheat.  But the picture was probably taken on Woodward during the event.  I do the Telegraph one, the Gratiot one the Michigan Avenue one and the Downriver one.  Woodward has become too crowded for cruising.  Nobody actually moves!  Not my idea of a good time.

However, a fellow S gauger made a resin version of the DIVCO in S and has the kit for sale at S events.  I painted mine in Twin Pines colors and made the decals taking a photo of an O gauge version, reducing it to 1:64 and printing the decals on my home color ink jet printer.  Here's the truck on the Southeastern Michigan S Gauger's layout at a recent train show:

And on my home layout:

 

 

 

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Divco Delivery Trucks are great.

I built a Dugan's Bakery and added a Dugan's box truck to go with my Dugan's home delivery truck. My mother worked for Dugan's on 222nd Street in Queens Village NY back in the 1930's. I customized a Hood's milk truck to go with my Hood's Lionel Milk cars and my scratch built Hood's milk plant

 

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Folks from the Washington DC area will remember Thompson's Dairy. I saved this picture from the Forum years back and do not recall the name of the photographer. He was kind enough to share the design he did for the decals so I could make one.800OGR

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