Private Owner Wagons of the Forest of Dean

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Private Owner Wagons of the Forest of Dean

Ian Pope

184 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.

ISBN13 : 9781899889099


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With over 370 illustrations plus maps and other illustrative material, this book serves as the most comprehensive study of the private owner wagons known to have worked in and out of the Forest of Dean. Chapters cover the use of wagons on the tramroads, on the broad gauge pre 1872 and all coal, stone, iron ore and bitumen wagons as well as industrial concerns known to have had wagons. Within the section on wagons connected with the coal trade not only are Forest collieries dealt with but also the coal factors and merchants and those bringing wagons into the coalfield for loading from places such as Bridgwater and Bristol. Wherever possible a brief history of the wagons' owners has been given to enable modellers and historians to establish dates at which particular wagons could be seen in trains together. Also included are valuable insights into the business of moving coal, from the colliery, via the local docks or by rail, to the end user. This book is written by an author well known for his books on the history of the railways of the area and forms a companion to those volumes by pulling together all known facts on the ownership and use of wagons within the Dean.

Private Owner Wagons of the Forest of Dean - Sample Images

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A masterpiece of the signwriter's art but probably difficult to read from a distance, is this 7-plank 10-ton wagon supplied for I. W. Baldwin in October 1906. It can be seen that although he was a Forest of Dean factor he was also acting for other coalfields and was sales agent for the East Cannock Colliery. The wagon was painted black with white lettering. Behind the running number is a diamond which it is believed was painted red. GRC&WCo.cover illustration

Wagon No. 283 was part of the lot ordered in November 1907 which consisted of ten 10-ton wagons. The oval solebar plate, to the right of the 'V' hanger, is a Henry Crawshay & Co. owner's plate. This suggests that the wagons were paid for in cash by the trustees of Henry Crawshay as with an order in 1899. GRC&WCo.

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