Wagons of the Early British Rail Era - A Pictorial Study of the 1948-1954 Period
David Larkin is well-known for his study of British Railways goods wagons, and this new work pays particular attention to those ordered by BR in the earliest years of its existence. The Big Four pre-Nationalisation companies all had outstanding wagon orders under construction in 1948, and these continued to be delivered with their original numbers, albeit with new prefix letters. In addition, the newly-created BR acquired a fleet of wagons from the erstwhile Ministry of War Transport. These are also considered in this book, together with the early BR orders for wagons based on existing Big Four designs and on its own early standard designs in the period up to the eve of the Modernisation Plan of 1955. Profusely illustrated, this book includes Lot and Diagram details, wagon number ranges, information on the builders and livery details. The wagons featured are very diverse and include Lowfits wagons, open wagons, containers and container wagons, mineral wagons, ventilated vans, railtanks, cattle wagons and brake vans.
Softback, 96 pages, black & white photographs
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