Wagon History Page

 Due to popular demand we have kept this page to help you with research and accurate construction of your model.

Hopper Wagons
MKD1 21T Coal Hopper Riveted MKD2 21T Coal Hopper Welded MKD3 20TCoke Hoppers MKD4 Dogfish Ballast Hopper
MKD5 Catfish Ballast Hopper MKD6 Pesflo  (Angular & Rounded) MKD7 HTV/HTO Hopper MKD8 Presflo Flyash
BR Wagons
WW01 20T B.R. Guards Van WW02 12T Conflat "A" Plus Conts WW03 Pipe Wagon 4&8 Shoe WW04 25T Lowmac
WW05 Bogie Bolster "E" WW06f 21T Mineral 4 Shoe W06e 21T Mineral 8 Shoe  WW07 13T B.R. Medfit 
WW08 Bogie Bolster "C" fitted  WW09 Bogie Bolster "C" unfitted  WW10 13T Hybar / Hyfit  WW11 12T Plywood Van 
 WW12 12T Planked Van  WW13 16T  4 Shoe Mineral Wagon WW13 16T 8 Shoe Mineral Wagon  WW14 Van Wide
WW15   5 Plank Open Wagon WW16 13T Steel Open 4 & 8 Shoe WW17 Conflat "B" Plus Conts  


MKD1 21T Coal Hopper Riveted and Welded


The original LNER riveted wagon design was instigated in the 1930’s, 2000 wagons        being build in 1936.  None were actually built by the LNER the work being done by such companies as Head Wrightson, Hurst Nelson and Metropolitan Cammell.  All the early vehicles had riveted bodywork and all had heavy duty brake gear involving 4 brake shoes per wheel but on one side only and complete with long brake lever handles as diagram1/143.
 
Some wagons were built unfitted with clasp brakes and plate front axle boxes for example 450 by Head Wrightson being built in 1950 (B413250-B413699) Tops code HTO and were painted grey. Early examples of the stronger welded construction wagon were built in 1952, One Thousand being built by BR Shildon Works (B413950-B414049).
 
 A total of 16,800 welded wagons were built to diagram 1/146 between 1952-1959 and painted bauxite. Five hundred of these were built in 1957 by Fairfields most fitted with roller bearing axle boxes the majority being unfitted (B422250-B422749).
 
The riveted LNER design was adopted by BR. they had them constructed by outside constructors and Shildon Works, some 33,500 wagons built between 1949-1959, the main difference from the original LNER design was the fitting of BR axle boxes and grab rails replaced end platform ladders. There were many combinations of grab rails each builder doing their own thing (modelling tip!).
 
Both the riveted and welded version survived well into the seventies being re-plated quite frequently (A modelling tip to capitalise on). In the mid seventies a great deal of the riveted wagons were re-bodied loosing their characteristic five vertical side supports in favour of the stronger two vertical side supports and welded construction and were painted freight brown.
 
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 MKD3 Coke Hopper All Versions



The original wagon was built by the L.M.S.  These coke hoppers consisted of, wagons with wooden raves and ends, split axle boxes and RCH buffers (kit reference MKD 3LMS).  200 L.M.S. plus 600 or so from private owners made up the first B.R. batch.  A further 2200 were built by B.R. to the same basic design but with a number of detail variations. These are as follows.
The first B.R. derivative came from these early L.M.S.  They were fitted with plain front axle boxes and had metal side raves and end raves, tie bars and RCH buffers (Kit reference MKD 3EBR).  These were given the diagram 1/150 (lot no. 2309) and 400/500 wagons were built at Shildon in 1949.    
 After this due to corrosion problems they reverted back to wooden side raves but with full height metal sheet ends.  They were fitted with front plate axle box, tie bars and mostly RCH buffers (Kit reference MKD 3BR).
 
 The last version to be built at B.R. Shildon in 1958 was 550 diagram 1/152 (lot nos. 3122) these had no raves but instead had full height sheeted sides and ends.  Some were of a welded construction and some riveted.  They were fitted with roller bearing and some still sported RCH buffers (Kit reference MKD 3LBR).  Some were fitted and some were unfitted but the majority had two shoe brakes both sides and tie bars.
I have tried to be as accurate as possible but know that there are certain contradictions, if anyone can expand on this please contact us.
 


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 MKD4 Dogfish Ballast Hopper

  

These were built in the late 1950's and were built to Dia 1/587, 1249 were built rated at 20 tons.  This ballast hopper was an enlargement of the catfish, fitted with side chutes, it requires three operating wheels and it also has like the catfish a handbrake wheel and a single vac cylinder mounted on the opposite end to the operating platform.  The livery was originally black with yellow lettering like the catfish but some later ended up with the olive green departmental livery. 221 were later modified for the conveyance of slag.
 
This wagon was often used in conjunction with the plough brake van and these were christened “Shark”
 
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MKD5 Catfish Ballast Hopper



Built in the mid 1950’s all vacuum braked with end platforms unlike the older designs such as the trout.
The ballast hopper catfish was rated 19tons with centre discharge only.  It was lower and longer than the herring, requiring one operating wheel only.  The original livery was black with yellow lettering.  All variants were built to Diagram /586, 716 built by Metro Camell.  They were wheel hand braked and has a vac cylinder mounted on the opposite end to the operating platform.
 
This wagon was often used in conjunction with the plough brake van and these were christened “Shark”
 
 
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MKD6 Presflo Cement Hopper (Angular and Rounded



The prototype Presflo cement hopper wagon was ordered in January 1954 and completed in June 1954, to lot number 2679 and allocated diagram 1/273 at Shildon works. The lot book contains a note that this diagram was ‘not issued’ and all subsequent Presflo construction was to diagram 1/272, being some 1,891 examples built, plus a further thirty wagons to lot 3029 which were designated for salt traffic, making a total build of 1921 wagons.
The Presflo hopper wagons were loaded by gravity but the contents were discharged with the help of compressed air, they could carry a load of 20tons. The design of the Presflo owed little if anything to the pre-nationalisation companies and was a new BR design. In the late 1980’s/1990’s some presflo’s were fitted with walkways on the tank tops for the transporting of power station fly ash.

Running Nos. and lots Dia. 1/273 Prototype Presflo
Lot 2679 1 built B888000 1953 Shildon
Dia. 1/272
Lot 2769 110 built B888001 – 888110 1955 Shildon     Lot 2863 70 built B888111 – 888180 1956 Shildon
Lot 3029 100 built B888181 – 888280 1957 M-Cammell     Lot 3156 270 built B888281 – 888550 1958 M-Cammell
Lot 3156 30 built B888551 – 888580 1958 Metro-Cammell *     Lot 3175 300 built B888581 – 888880 1958 Central
Lot 3176 100 built B888881 – 888900 1958 Butterley     Lot 3177 200 built B887800 – 887999 1958 Gloucester
Lot 3323 170 built B873024 – 873193 1960 Gloucester     Lot 3361 170 built B873200 – 873369 1961 Gloucester
Lot3406 150 built B873420 – 873569 1961 Gloucester     Lot3409 150 built B873570 – 873719 1961 Gloucester
Lot3497 100 built B873794 – 873893 1961 Central **     * Branded ‘Bulk Salt’ ** Rated 22 Tons
Total number built 1920
Buffer lengths and couplings vary between lots on all Presflo’s.

 

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MKD7 HTV/HTO Hopper


 

The final batch of 21 ton coal hoppers built by BR, was a batch of 1,000 wagons in a single lot, No 3120, to diagram 1/149. All these wagons being built at Shildon Works, all were fitted with roller bearing axleboxes and vacuum braked. Livery being all black but some may have been in bauxite.
 Dia 1/149                          Lot 3120                 B429800 – 430799 
 Reference:
 British Railways Wagons by Don Rowland, ISBN 0 7529 0378 0
 British Railway Goods Wagons in Colour by Robert Hendry ISBN 1 85780 094
Pictures on page 35 (this wagon is to 149 and not 146)
Working Wagons by David Larkin, Vol. 1, IBSN 0 9507960 6 9
Pictures on page 21 and front cover.
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MKD8 PRESFLO FLYASH



Pulverised fuel ash (PFA), know as fly ash which is a by-product from the combustion    process in coal fired power stations, and is also a useful product in the construction  industry. So when the new power stations at Ratcliffe and West Burton were built the ash  disposal system was built in and this necessitated the construction of a fleet of wagon s to convey the fly ash in, so these special rail wagons were based on the ‘Presflos’ of t he 1950’s so the CSV and CSA wagon was born. These wagons are essentially a sealed pressurised vessel on wheels, the ash is loaded in through the top hatches using gravity and out through the bottom using pressurised air.They were longer than the Presflos and could carry 22T and the discharge was now on the side of the hopper which meant that on one side of the wagon they had Morton type brakes and on the discharge side they were fitted with clasp brakes. The first batches of wagons were vacuum braked (late 64) then latter batches were air braked (1965-68). All of the vacuum braked wagons were condemned in 1986 and the air brakes ones have now all gone (2012). One of the problems with the fly ash wagon was a loss of pressure upon discharge which was caused by the tank hatch seals failing, so to identify which hatch had failed they painted a red and yellow square on the discharge side.

 Ref. Books:-

British Railway Wagons the First Half million

By Don Rowan

ISBN 07529 03780

 

British railway Goods wagons in Colour

By Robert Hendry.

 

British Railway Wagons, opens and hoppers.

By G. Gamble

ISBN 1 900298 06 6

 

British railway Wagons No.1, Open & Hoppers

ISBN 1900298 015 Lots of pictures on Paul Bartlett’s website.   Click Here

Good article in a Rail Magazine August issue in the 90’s,?, Called Ashes to Ashes.


WW01 B.R. BRAKE VAN



This kit will cover the early BR brake vans to diagram 1/500 by
shortening the footboards by 21mm at each end and no handrails on
platform ends, but with tall vac pipe. Or the brake van to diagram 1/504 with full-length foot boards but the platform ends require shortening by 2mm and handrails need fitting to platform ends with low vac pipe, (some had tall vac pipes). Both of the above diagrams built with LNER style axleboxes and RCH buffers taken from photo evidence. 
Dia 1/500, 20-ton goods brake van to LNER design.                  Notes from photos. 
Lot 2051         290 built         B950250 - 950539   1949               RCH buffer, plate box, Tall vac pipe 
Dia 1/504, 20-ton goods brake van to LNER design. 
Lot 2136         250 built         B950616 – 950865  1950 
Lot 2206         160 built         B951116 – 951275  1951               RCH buffer, plate box, Tall vac pipe 
Lot 2207         240 built         B951276 – 951515  1951 
Lot 2741         400 built         B952716 – 953115  1955 
Total 1050 built. All above built at Faverdale. 
The kit will also cover diagram 1/506, built as Dia 1/504 but some with RCH buffer and split type axlebox and some with oleo buffers and roller bearing axleboxes.  If you require the latter then contact us.
Dia 1/506, 20-ton goods brake van standard BR design. 

Lot 2137         250 built         B950866 – 951115  1950 
Lot 2349         200 built         B951516 – 951715  1952 
Lot 2350         150 built         B951716 – 951865  1952 
Lot 2477         140 built         B951866 – 952005  1953 
Lot 2478         160 built         B952006 – 952165  1953              
RCH buffer, Split a/box    
                                                                                                           
 No Vac pipe. 
Lot 2605         350 built         B952166 – 952515  1954 
Lot 2606         200 built         B952516 – 952715  1954              
RCH buffer, Plate a/box 
                                                                                                           
No vac pipe. 
Lot 2868         300 built         B953116 – 953415  1956 
Lot 3012         260 built         B953416 – 953675  1957 
Lot 3129         845 built         B953676 – 954520  1958  
Oleo buffer,Roller type axlebox 
Total 2855 built.  All above built at Faverdale.        

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WW02  CONFLAT "A"


 

B.R. produced no fewer than six main types of conflat wagons between 1951
and 1958, with the most numerous being the conflat A, for which six different diagrams were issued. All had a common body length of 17ft 6ins with a wheelbase of 10ft and automatic vacuum brake fitted to all.
The kit covers diagram 1/062 built in 1951/2 with split axlebox 2200 constructed, and diagram 1/067 built in 1955/6 with plate type axlebox 4500 constructed, these were all fitted with RCH type buffers and four shoe brakes. For the later diagram 1/069 which had oleo buffers and were eight shoe braked (Slaters conflat kit covers this diagram), but check your chosen wagon against a photo for the running number as it seems they were built not necessary to the issued diagram.
Dia. 1/062
Lot 2266         400 built         B735400 – 735799              1951 Swindon 
Lot 2323         500 built         B735800 – 736299              1952 Swindon 
Lot 2493         800 built         B736300 – 737099              1953 Swindon 
Lot 2500         500 built         B737100 – 737599              1953 Swindon 
Dia. 1/067
Lot 2688         500 built         B700000 – 700499              1955 Swindon 
Lot 2836         500 built         B700500 – 700999              1956 Derby 
Lot 2837         500 built         B701000 – 701499              1956 Derby 
Lot 2853         1000 built       B701500 – 702499              1956 Ashford 
Lot 2854         1000 built       B702500 – 703499              1956 Ashford 
Lot 2869         1000 built       B703500 – 704499              1956 Swindon 
 
Livery of the wagons in steam period was wagon body Bauxite with solebars and all under black. 
  Container Notes
  The suitable container for this kit is the  type A built to lot 3/003 with all wooden design with tongue and grove side and ends.  These can be found in our Wagon Loads section.   Click Here  Alternatively container type A to diagram 3/001, which had pressed steel ends, is produced as a kit by Slaters)
Lot and running Nos. for Diagram 3/003 containers.
Lot 2335         530 built         No. A681        to        1210B                        1952 Wolverton
Lot 2374         100 built         No. A1211     to         1310B                        1952 Eastleigh
Lot 2958         400 built         No. A2916     to         3313B                        1956 Cowlairs
Total built 1030.
 Container Livery
Livery of the containers when first introduced was BR carriage crimson with yellow lettering, but this gave way towards the end of the 50s to BR bauxite with white lettering and the words BRITISH RAILWAYS being replaced with the arrow and the words DOOR TO DOOR to the right of the arrow on the door or side of the container.
 If you require any of the 4mm burnished chain supplied with this kit, which has further uses, please follow the link to Malbut 4mm Burnished Chain

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WW03 PIPE WAGON 4 & 8 Shoe



The pipe wagons were built to four basic diagrams sharing the same basic dimensions. The first 300 pipe wagons were built at Derby works to diagram 460, and to what appears to have been an LMS drawing. Then they were followed by a further 300 wagons to diagram 461 at Faverdale works, these were virtually the same but to a LNER drawing but fitted with automatic vacuum brakes. The next four lots were back to diagram 460 and it remained that way until 1956 when Wolverton works began building a new diagram No.462 which were fitted with vacuum brakes. A further diagram was issued No.463 in 1957, which covered twenty wagons fitted with hydraulic buffers. The pipe wagons has been found to be very useful for conversion to many other uses.
 
Running Nos. and lotsDia. 1/460 13 ton pipe Wagon
Lot 2004 300 built 8740000 -740299 1949 Derby *
Lot 2305 50 built 8740600- 740649 1951 Cambrian
Lot 2329 50 built 8740650 -740699 1952 Swindon 
Lot 2458 200 built 8740700- 740899 1953 Wolverton
Lot 2545 200 built 8740900 -741099 1954 Wolverton
*four shoe brakes
 
Dia. 1/461 13 Ton Pipe Wagon (as 460 vacuum fitted)
Lot 2046 100 built 8740300- 740399 1949 Faverdale
Lot 2047 200 built 8740400- 740599 1949 Faverdale
 
Dia. 1/462 12 Ton Pipe Wagon lettered Pipefit, (as 461 but with short buffers and reduced capacity).
Lot 2712 350 built 8741100- 741449 1955 Wolverton                                               
Lot 2845 60 built 8741500 -741559 1956 Wolverton
Lot 2846 170 built 8741560- 741729 1956 Wolverton                                               


* Fitted with spindle buffers
 
Dia, 1/463 12 Pipe Wagon lettered Pipefit, (fitted with hydraulic buffers)
Lot 3167 20 built 8741730 -741749 1958 Wolverton

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WW04 LOWMAC WAGON

 

The Lowmac, code name for a low machine wagon was the most popular or all the special wagons built by BR, totalling 510 examples. These wagons were spread over fourteen different diagrams (240 to 254) and thirty different lots, at which this kit covers diagrams 242/243. Running Nos. and lotsDia. 2/242 Vac fitted, Lettered Lowmac EP, Lowmac SC
Lot 2187 38 built B904500 - 904537 1950 P W McLellan
Dia. 2/243 Unfitted, Lettered Lowmac WP, Lowmac ER
Lot 2268 28 built B904538 – 904565 1951 Swindon
Lot 2593 58 built B904572 – 904629 1954 Swindon
Lot 2693 20 built B904642 – 904661 1955 Swindon
Lot 2876 20 built B904675 – 904694 1956 Swindon

Total built 126

This kit covers Dia. 2/242 fitted with vac pipes and vac cylinders.



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WW05 Bogie Bolster "E"



The ‘Bogie Bolster E’ was the last of a new design built for British Railways and built before the introduction of air-braked types. It was the smallest of the standard Bogie Bolsters and 1,200 were built to diagram No. 1/479 with a carrying capacity of 30 tons. Running NumbersB923300 – 924399              Lot 3343         Ashford           1961-62 B924800 – 924899              Lot 3440         Ashford           1962All above were vacuum fitted and for more information see MRC March 1983

 

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WW06f 21T Mineral 4 Shoe


 
The all steel 21T mineral wagon was comparatively small in numbers. 2500 where introduced between 1950 and 1952 the first 1000 were of riveted bodies (dia. 1/110and the last 1500 were of welded bodies to Dia. 1/107 of which this kit covers. They were not fitted with top side doors or bottom doors. Running numbers. Diagram 1/107 B201000 – 201499            Lot 2191                 P W McLellan          1950B201500 – 201999            Lot 2192                 Chas Roberts          1950B202000 – 202499            Lot 2193                 Birmingham            1962Total 1500This kit will also cover rebodied 21t coal wagons, these were rebuilt at Shildon Works from about 1971. As the bodies closely resembled Dia.107 it is reasonable to assume that this diagram was used.Running numbers for rebodied wagons:- B315000 to B317500 total 2500. 

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WW06e 21T Mineral 8 Shoe


 
In the early 1960s with a lack of continuous braking of trains, of ex-private owned coal wagons and the early BR 21ton types, a new design was drawn up for a vacuum braked version of the 21ton mineral, and some 4950 wagons were built to this new design. The main difference over the early designs were the small flap doors above the main side doors, they had roller type axleboxes, were fitted with 8 shoe clasp brakes, vacuum fitted and diagram 1/120 was fitted with self adjusting brakes.

Running numbers.

Diagram 1/119

B310000 – 310999 Lot 3387 Shildon 1961
B313500 – 314499 Lot 3438 Shildon 1962
B314500 – 314999 Lot 3439 Derby 1962
Total 2500

Diagram 1/120 fitted with S.A.B. (self adjusting brake) see casting DW-93

B311000 – 311949 Lot 3390 Derby 1961
B312000 – 313499 Lot 3430 Derby 1962
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WW07 13T B.R. Medfit


The BR Medfit wagons were made at Ashford, but peculiarly the first batches incorporated an LMS style brake system.  They were built in batches from 1950 to 1955.   The steel medium fitted open merchandise wagon was probably the first new design of wagon introduced by BR which did not have a clear forerunner on the pre-Nationalisation railway. BR built 3,600 of them all on diagram 1/019 but with two distinctive designs of brake rigging and suspension.   All were vacuum braked when new.They had a limited life in the revenue fleet; the engineers appear to have got hold of most of them by 1970 and many earlier than this.   With their drop side the engineers found them very useful, using them for spoil, sand, ballast as well as more specialist uses.  In later years the vacuum brake was often removed. They generally went out of use in the late 1980s as the new Rudd’s, Clams and Turbots were introduced in large numbers. Lots 2235, 2236, 2351 built between 1950 to 1952 all had LMS pattern clasp style 8 shoe brake gear.Lots 2340, 2352, 2488 built with RCH standard “push brake rigging” and shoe suspension.

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WW08 Bogie Bolster "C" fitted



The ‘Bogie Bolster C’ was of a new design built for British Railways, five diagrams cover the type and all examples are 45ft over headstocks with a 30ton capacity.. This kit covers part of diagram No. 1/477 which were vacuum fitted. For more info see British Railway Wagons the first half million. Running Numbers
B922700 – 922999            Lot 3200       Swindon        1959
B923000 – 923099            Lot 3238       Swindon        1959

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WW09 Bogie Bolster "C" unfitted



The ‘Bogie Bolster C’ was of a new design built for British Railways, five diagrams cover the type and all examples are 45ft over headstocks with a 30ton capacity..

This kit covers diagrams No. 1/471 & 1/473 which were unfitted and with short bolsters.

For more info see British Railway Wagons the first half million. Dia No. 1/471  

Running Numbers B940000 - 940049            

Lot 2085       Swindon        1948 DB997600 – 997633         
Lot 2271       Swindon        1951 (S&T Dept)  B940050 - 940999            
Lot 2308       M. Camm.     1951 DB997634 – 997647         
Lot 2309       M. Camm.     1951 (S&T Dept) B943000 – 943099           
Lot 2326       Swindon        1952 B943100 – 943349           
Lot 2406       M. Camm.     1953   Dia No. 1/473 Running Numbers B943350 – 943509           
Lot 2496       Swindon        1953 B943510 – 943609           
Lot 2539       M. Camm.     1954 DB997649 – 997669         
Lot 2540       M.Camm.      1954 (Dept. use) B943610 – 943859           
Lot 2542       Swindon        1954 B943860 – 944059           
Lot 2583       M. Camm.     1954 (part lot) B944310 – 944469           
Lot 2616       Brimingham   1956 (part lot

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WW10 13T Hybar / Hyfit



In numerical order the first diagram to be issued was for a five-plank wagon with corrugated ends, with a sheet support rail. The wagon had vacuum brake and Morton handbrake. Some 5650 were built to this diagram 1/039, a further 2200 were built to diagram 1/040 a shock absorbing version which had shorter bodies, shock buffers and J hanger axleboxes. (Future kit WW 10s)  

Running numbers.

Diagram 1/039

B477650 – 479149            Lot 2179                 Derby           1951
B484750 – 485249            Lot 2315                 Derby           1952
B485250 – 485999            Lot 2415                 Derby           1952
B486000 – 486749            Lot 2462                 Derby           1953
B498020 – 499019            Lot 2551                 Ashford         1954
B491700 – 492199            Lot 2723                 Ashford         1955
B492200 – 492699            Lot 2834                 Ashford         1956
B484000 – 484149            Lot 3026                 Ashford         1957 Total 5650

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WW11 12T Plywood Van



The final chapter of the standard 12T ventilated van is comparatively uncomplicated. The bodywork changed from planked to plywood or a combination of both. The wheelbase remained at 10ft 10in with only the later batches having eight-shoe clasp brake gear. Buffer length changed on later batches but oil axle boxes were retained throughout.

 

B762180 to B762279
B763281 to B764030
B764481 to B768880
B768881 toB766400

B766401 to B767600
B767601 to B769400
B769401 to B769900
B770151 to B770650
B770651 to B771450
B77145l to B772200
B772201 to B772950
B773351 to B774450
B774451 to B778849
B778851 to B776150
B77655 1 to B777350
B777351 to B778200
B778251 to B778750
B779851 to B780550
B780551 to B781750
B784873 to B786872


12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/213)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/213)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/213)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/213)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/213)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/213)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12TVAN (Diagram 1/213)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/213)
12T VAN (Diagram 1/208)
12T VAN (Diagram) 1/224

9/1955 to 10/1955
1/1955 to 5/1955
10/1956 to 3/1957
4/1955 to 11/1955
5/1955 to 1/1956
12/1955 to 10/1956
3/1957 to 4/1958
12/1956 to 3/1957
2/1957 to 7/1957
2/1956 to 10/1956
9/1956 to 4/1957
7/1957 to 2/1958
3/1958 to 10/1958
5/1957 to 10/1957
3/1957 to 3/1958
9/1958 to 3/1959
3/1959 to 6/1959
4/1958 to 10/1958
8/1958 to 1/1960
8/1961 to 7/1962

2470
2414
2367
2422
2706
2707
2735
2840
2841
2855
2856
2990
2991
3007
3023
3086
3228
3109
3164
3398

BR Darlington
BR Wolverton
BR Darlington
BR Darlington
BR WolvertonBR WolvertonBR DarlingtonBR WolvertonBR WolvertonBR Ashford

BR Ashford

BR Wolverton

BR Wo1verton

BR Darlington

BR AshfordBR WolvertonBR WolvertonBR Ashford
Charles Roberts Ltd
Pressed Steel Ltd

The running numbers highlighted in bold are covered by this kit.

  

Reference Books

British Railways Wagons the First half million
By Don Rowan

ISBN 07529 03780

 

British railways Goods wagons in Colour

By Robert Hendry

ISBN 1 85780 03780

 

Wagons of the Middle British Railway Era

By David Larkin

ISBN 978-1-905505-06-7

 

Web References

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WW12 12T Planked Van



British Railways came up with a blend of two types of van diagram 1/208 which has single vent corrugated steel ends and plank sides with cupboard doors.  The roof profile was to the GWR pattern although the vans were slightly taller than the GWR built stock.  All were vacuum brake with Morton four shoe vacuum brake gear and all were 10 foot wheel base.   Then the bodywork changed from planked to plywood or a combination of both, the wheel base remained at 10 foot with only the later batches having eight shoe claps brake gear.   
B755180 to B756679 12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

 

2/1951 to 11/1951

2181

BR Wolverton

B756680 to B758179 12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

 

10/1951 to 8/1952

2182

BR Wolverton

B758180 to B759179

12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

 

6/195 to 1/1953

2318

BR Wolverton

B759180 to B760429 12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

 

1/1953 to 11/1953

2319

BR Wolverton

B760430 to B760679

12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

 

12/1952 to 11/954

2503

BR Wolverton

B760680 to B760879 12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

,

12/1952 to 3/1953

2347

BR Darlington

B760880 to B761343 12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

 

3/1954 to 9/1954

2421

BR Darlington

B761380 to B762179 12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

 

11/954 to 6/1954

2465

BR Wolverton

B762430 to B763279 12T VAN (Diagram) 1/208)

 

6/1954 to12/1954

2595

BR Wolverton

 

 

 

Reference Books

British Railways Wagons the First half million

By Don Rowan

ISBN 07529 03780

British railways Goods wagons in Colour

By Robert Hendry

ISBN 1 85780 03780

Wagons of the Middle British Railway Era

By David Larkin

ISBN 978-1-905505-06-7

 

Web References

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WW13 4 Shoe 16T Mineral Wagon



The 16T open mineral wagon was the most numerous type built by BR from 1950 to 1957, the
first diagram being 108, although there was 16T steel opens to Diagrams 101,102,103,104,
but these wagons were built for the Ministry of Transport and then taken into BR ownership. As for the Diagram 1/108 these were all welded bodies with side and end doors, built by numerous builders and were mostly built without vacuum brakes, variations with some lots had top side doors and some with bottom doors in the floors. Under the 1955 Modernisation Scheme it was decided to fit Vacuum brakes but was not fully carried out due to complications in coal mines and discharge points. And so this fleet of unfitted Morton two and four shoe brake gear continued to form the bulk of the fleet, with some twenty and a half thousand being built.

The running numbers and lot numbers are too varied to list here, but the first wagon number B70400 to B594749 only had a few gaps in the numbering.

A good ref. book for this particular wagon is (WAGONS OF THE MIDDLE BRITISH RAILWAY ERA) by David Larkin, ISBN 978-1-905505-7.   As well as the ones listed below.

 

Ref. Books: -

 

British Railways Wagons the First half million

By Don Rowan.

ISBN 07529 03780

British railways Goods wagons in Colour

By Robert Hendry.

ISBN 1 85780 094X

British Railway wagons, open and hoppers

By G. gamble

ISBN 1 900298 06 6

British Railway Wagons No.1, Open & Hoppers

ISBN 1900298 015

 

Web Reference

 

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WW13 8 Shoe 16T Mineral Wagon



The 16T open mineral wagon was the most numerous type built by BR from     1950 to 1957, The first diagram being 108, although there was 16T steel opens to Diagrams 101,102,103,104, but these wagons were built for the Ministry of Transport and then taken into BR ownership.

As for the Diagram 1/108 these were all welded bodies with side and end doors, built by numerous builders and were mostly built without vacuum brakes, variations with some lots had top side doors and some with bottom doors in the floors.

There was a Diagram 1/117 which was clasp braked vacuum fitted but these wagons had the side top flap door which this kit dose not cover.

In the 1970's BR started a rebodying programme when the16T started to badly decay due to corrosion ect., BR re-bodied 16T mineral with bodies without top flaps as a decision was made to forsake the top flap door to minimise costs and to produce a stronger body, also the brakes were up rated to 8 shoe clasp brakes and fitted with twin vacuum cylinders, Wagon coded MCV. Note:- not to be confused with 16T rebodied to Dia 1/099 as these were on ex palbrick wagon under frames and are 10’ wheelbase.

The above wagons kept there original numbers and listed below are some know examples.

 

B68940, B68952, B68971, B159988, B160110, B160415, B160456,  B26143, B266575, B266598, B266786, B550006, B550481,B552519, B555322, B555332, B556126, B556161, B556596, B557774, B557847, B558205, B558227, B587493, B587751, B588014, B588138, B588742, B588806, B588814, B589062, B589640, B589871, B590129, B592233, B592290, B592899, B593089, B594258, B595226, B595229, B595478, B550230.

 

A good ref. book is (WAGONS OF THE MIDDLE BRITISH RAILWAY ERA) by David Larkin, ISBN 978-1-905505-7. 

Also visit Paul Bartlet's web site look up 16Ton Mineral clasp.

Ref. Books: -

 

British Railways Wagons the First half million

By Don Rowan.

ISBN 07529 03780

British railways Goods wagons in Colour

By Robert Hendry.

ISBN 1 85780 094X

British Railway wagons, open and hoppers

By G. gamble

ISBN 1 900298 06 6

British Railway Wagons No.1, Open & Hoppers

ISBN 1900298 015

 

Web Reference

 

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WW14 Van Wide



When BR standardised on a van they were fitted with cupboard doors as standard as used on the GWR and SR, but this was a problem in confined loading areas where the cupboard doors couldn’t be fully opened. So with pressure from large customers BR developed a design with sliding doors, so was born a new design The Van wide to Dia 1/217, having tried a number of prototypes BR settled on a van with standard dimensions 17’6” length with a 10’ wheelbase, fitted with the familiar corrugated all steel ends and the same roof profile. The sides were of plywood with flush doors that when the catches were released the doors moved out slightly thus enabling then to side down the sides, so alleviating the problem of confined locations. Also this made for a wider door than the standard van which aided loading of pallets by fork lift truck, hence the code name. The build was between Wolverton works and Derby works with nearly 2000 being built.

 

Running No’s

 

All built to dia. 1/217

 

Lot 3391               B782873 – 783872             1962       Wolverton             (1000)

Lot 3392               B783873 – 784766             1962       Derby                     (894)

(NB B784285 – 784290 had ventilated side doors, ie VENT VANWIDE)

Lot 3421               B784773 – 784872             1962       Wolverton             (100)

The above lot had translucent roofs.

 

 

 

Reference Books

 

British Railways Wagons the first half million, By Don  Rowan, ISBN 07529 03780

Wagons of the final years of British Railways 1962-1968, By David Larkin,

ISBN 978-1-905505-08-1

Working Wagons Volume 1 1968-73, By David Larkin, ISBN 0 9507960 6 9

Working Wagons Volume 2 1974-79 By David Larkin, ISBN 0 9507960 7 7

 

Web Reference

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WW15 Five Plank Open



The diagram 1/032 all wooden bodied high goods wagon was based on GWR and was likely a remnant of the Great Weston wagon program and these were all fitted with vacuum brakes. The diagram 1/032 which was Ashford’s opening attempt at building the high goods wagon and these were of all wooden body and when built they were all unfitted, but over the years they were subsequently vac fitted. All the above wagons were based on a standard 17’ 6” under frame with a 10’ wheelbase, the bodies were a standard 8’ wide and 3’ 2 deep with a single drop door to give a 4’ 9” opening. For a full account of the many variants of the high goods open wagons it is best to refer to:-

British Railway Wagons the first half million, by Don Rowland. ISBN 0-7529-0378-0

 

 

Running numbers.

 

Diagram 1/032

 

B475000 – 475049            Lot 2082                 Swindon        1949

Total 50        (the above fitted with AV Brakes)

 

Diagram 1/034

 

B477050 – 477649            Lot 2153                 Ashford         1949/50

Total 600      (the above not fitted when new, but all were fitted with AV Brakes)


Reference Books

 

British Railways Wagons the first half million, By Don  Rowan, ISBN 07529 03780

Wagons of the final years of British Railways 1962-1968, By David Larkin,

ISBN 978-1-905505-08-1

Working Wagons Volume 1 1968-73, By David Larkin, ISBN 0 9507960 6 9

Working Wagons Volume 2 1974-79 By David Larkin, ISBN 0 9507960 7 7

 

Web Reference

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WW16 13T Steel Open 4 & 8 Shoe

 

 

History covers both 4 and 8 shoe braked Dia 1/041

 

These open wagons were adopted from the LNER design which they introduced in 1945. This design of wagon was one of BR’s ‘standard types’ with production lasting into the mid 1950’s, by which time 12,000+ had been built.

 

This kit covers dia 1/041 identical to the LNER design, with side’s and ends being of pressed steel sheet thus avoiding riveted or welded joints, with capping on top of the sides and ends and T section end stanchions. In the side ‘dimples’ on the inside were rings used to secure the wagon loads. Out of the six batch’s built two lots (2366, 2341, 1400+ wagons) were fitted with Morton 4 shoe brakes and when built were unfitted, but were swiftly converted to RCH vacuum braked. The other lot’s (2195, 2196, 2197, 2361, 6,000 wagons) being 8 shoe LNER clasp braked and vacuum fitted.

 

Also of note, is that some of these wagons across the different lots were converted to dia 1/046 to Soda Ash Wagons, by the fitting a tarpaulin bar. Also built were wagons to dia 1/047 with derived steel body work which this kit doesn’t cover (Slater’s do a kit of this variant).

 

For a full account of the many variants of the steel open wagons it is best to refer to:-

British Railway Wagons the first half million, by Don Rowland. ISBN 0-7529-0378-0, or Wagons of the early British Railway Era , by David Larkin. ISBN 978-0-9544859-8-6.

 

 

 

 

 

Running numbers.

 

Diagram 1/041

 

B479150 – 480649            Lot 2195                 Shildon         1951  

1500 wagons

B480650 – 482149            Lot 2196                 Shildon         1951

1500 wagons

B482150 – 483649            Lot 2197                 Shildon         1951

1500 wagons

B488750 – 490249            Lot 2361                 B’Ham RC&W         1951

1500 wagons


Web Reference

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WW17 Conflat "B"

 

 

 

History, it covers both type of Pipe wagon conversions

 

Early in 1958 a new type of insulated container was designed to carry quick-frozen food on pallets from East Anglia to the London markets. These new containers were not to the standard A or BD size and were listed as a AFP type, also a new Conflat wagon was also called for to carry the AFP's. The new wagons were converted from ex vacuum-braked 12T pipe wagons with the original body work removed, just leaving the floor and were listed to dia 1/076 and coded Conflat B. Most of these were taken from the batch with LNER-pattern vacuum-brakegear, but some of the LMS/BR-pattern vacuum-brakegear were also converted, the running numbers are listed below. These wagons were fitted with chain pockets fitted centrally to each side.

 

Running numbers:-

LNER Pattern brakegear:

B740300/3/4/8/10/1/5/7/24/5/7/9/30/5/6/42/3/6/50/1/2/6/8/9/65/7/71/2/3/4/6/80/2/4/8/9/90/1/2/8/9,

B740441/2/3/56/60/2/3/4/7/75/6/85/91,

B740503/32,

Total above 56 off.

 

LMS/BR Pattern brakegear:

B740097, B740209,B741062,B741569/73/7/80/2, B741693, B741701/7/10/3/29.

Total above 14 off.

There were also some ex-Flat ED wagons converted to cater for later construction and the source of these wagons were to diagram 2/072 vacuum-braked Flat ED wagons and these were little modified, which this kit does not cover.

 

The AFP containers, as far as is known all the first batch were painted in the dedicated Birds Eye livery, but a few examples appereared in the dark blue  MacFisheries livery, and when they were broken up after with draw at least two were painted in BR ice Blue livery. Most of the containers had been withdrawn by the late 1960's but some seem to have been used on fish traffic from Grimsby after this date. It is not known what livery the lot 3428 containers carried or if they differed in design.

 

Running numbers:

 

AFP66316B to AFP66415B 4T diagram 3/256, 1958/9 lot 3249 Swindon

100 off

AFP66446B to AFP66481B 4T diagram 3/256, 1960    lot 3278 Swindon

35 off

AFP16494B to AFP16499B 4T diagram 3/257, 1961/2 lot 3428 Mickleover

6 off

 

For a full account of the many variants of the Con-flat B wagons it is best to refer to:-

British Railway Wagons the first half million, by Don Rowland.

ISBN 0-7529-0378-0

 

Wagons of the Middle British Railway Era, by David Larkin,

ISBN 978-1-905505-7