Civil Engineers Wagons, volume 1: British Railways: 1948-1967
The five previous volumes in this series have looked at the revenue-earning wagon fleet operated by British Railways and its immediate successor, British Rail. This volume, however, is the first of three that look at the substantial fleet of specially-designed wagons that were used for track maintenance. They included open wagons to take fresh materials to site, ballast hopper wagons that could be discharged on site, flat wagons to convey new rails and carry old rails away for scrapping, and specialized brake vans to distribute ballast and take gangs of men to remote locations. Most of the wagon types seen in this volume were either built for the Big Four railways before 1948, or were derived from them; they are all fully covered together with their BR-built equivalents. Towards the end of the period, former revenue-earning wagons were transferred into the Civil Engineers fleet, and these are also covered in this volume. Finally, there is an examination of the telegraphic code names used to identify the genuine Civil Engineers wagons throughout the period, the reasons why they were necessary, and the original allocations of these wagons.
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