Private Owner Wagons : A Second Collection

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Private Owner Wagons : A Second Collection

Keith Turton

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

ISBN13 : 9781899889143


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Following on from the extremely well received book Private Owner Wagons : A First Collection, this Second Collection of Privately Owned wagons again ranges far and wide and once more includes owners with hundreds of wagons in their fleet down to those with just a single wagon. Included are sixty-five owners, complete with a résumé of their business interests and their known wagon purchases. These owners are illustrated by over 270 photographs. Separate sections also look at the processes involved in getting a wagon load of coal between the colliery and the coalyard ­ indeed right into an individual's coal cellar; the formation of Wagon Repairs Ltd; and some wagons registered on the Metropolitan Railway. Throughout, as in A First Collection, reference is made to where models of the wagons illustrated can be obtained and a comprehensive list of sources is given.

Private Owner Wagons : A Second Collection - Sample Images

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No. 331 is a very large convertible 20-ton coke wagon from an order for 200 placed with the Gloucester company in 1929. It is of nine planks (note the very narrow plank second from top) with two doors on each side, each with two door stops, bottom doors and an end door. It is most unusual for the Gloucester company not to declare the wagon livery, instead a comprehensive set of dimensions has been provided: length over buffers 24ft 6in.; length over headstocks 21ft 6in.; inside dimensions: 21ft 0in. x 7ft 6in.; wheelbase 12ft 0in.; height: without coke rails 9ft 3in., with coke rails 11ft 0in.; tare weight without coke rails: 9t. 14cwt 2q., with 9t. 19cwt 3q. The wagons were finished with a red body, unshaded white letters, vertical ironwork black. Italic lettering at bottom right reads: ‘Empty to Bedwas Colliery Sidings, Bedwas, G.W.R.’.GRC&WCo.cover illustration

Of the wagons illustrated, No. 55 is from an order for ten 12-ton wagons placed with the Gloucester company in 1907. There may be some reason why the braked side had the end door to the right, on most Gloucester wagons it was to the left. The wagon was painted chocolate with white letters shaded black and branded ‘Empty to Windber Colliery, Via Gadlys Junc. Aberdare, T.V.R.’.GRC&WCo.

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