Wagons of the Final Years of British Railways: A Pictorial Study of the 1962-1968 Period
By 1962, most of the designs conceived under the 1955 Modernisation Plan had been delivered, the final ones being recorded in this volume. A few designs, such as the Presflo, were modified into the Ash version. Some new designs, such as the Prestwin, which was relatively long-lived, and the Calcium Carbide, which was extremely short-lived, were also built. One interesting development was a programme of giving 5,000 16T unfitted mineral wagons vacuum-brakegear. This scheme commenced in 1966, and involved vehicles from 8560200 to B583299: probably more than the agreed total were converted. At the same time, the first air-braked vehicles, the "merry-go-round" coal hoppers and the Freightliner bogie flats, were also being built and, although it took until the end of the review period to come to fruition, modem freight vehicles with this brakegear became the standard. Among steel-carrying wagons, many conversions were authorised on vehicles that had not quite catered for the traffic needs, and these were added to by others in various different categories of traffic. At this stage, it was not obvious that the burgeoning private owner fleet would take much traffic from BR but the portents were there. British Railways saw fit to produce numerous experimental designs, many of which remained as one-offs. The period under review saw a livery and lettering change and, after a troubled start, the creation of Freightliners Ltd, which operated independently from British Rail, as the nationalised industry was termed after 1964.
Softback, 88 pages, black & white photographs
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