British Railways was created in 1948 when
the Great Western, the London, Midland & Scottish, the London &
North Eastern and the Southern were taken into public ownership. It
inherited all their locomotives, passenger and goods rolling stock.
Whilst much has been published on BR locomotives and passenger stock,
accurate and detailed coverage of the large inventory of vehicles used
to convey the huge volumes of goods traffic carried by the railways at
that time, is less readily available. This new series sets out to
provide that information.
This latest volume in the series tackles
one of the biggest categories of wagons inherited by British Railways
on its formation. This encompasses the various types of fully-enclosed
vans, both those used for general traffic and for vehicles allocated to
specific types of traffic. Also included in this volume are those
vehicles used for the beginnings of container traffic, both the special
wagons constructed for this and their demountable containers.
other significant types of wagons are covered in this volume. These are
the early fully-enclosed hopper wagons and cattle wagons. The latter had
something of a renaissance in the post-WW2 period and continued to be
built well into the BR era, with the carriage of livestock not being
finally abandoned on the network until 1972.
Product description ISBN: 9781800351400 Binding: Printed Paper Cased Dimensions: 280mm x 210mm Pages: 144