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BR wagons and some ex-LNER and ex-LMS. This will build up as I dig out more pictures...

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BR period goods wagons
BR Mk.1 coaches

BR period goods wagons

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At Banbury in the late 1970s, a BR 25T Lowmac SC, B904535, built 1950 to Diagram 2/242. Fitted with BR standard axleboxes and AVB (the Lowmacs were a mixture of manually braked and fitted designs).

Interesting that the "B" series running number has been prefixed by a "C". It was serving as a match truck under a long load. In the background is part of the GWR-built goods shed. Photo: Author.

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The middle of the Lowmac showing details of past and present liveries. Note the "BRITISH RAILWAYS" - remarkable, possibly dating from 1950 when this one was built. The enlargement zooms in on the vehicle - for more of the whole image and the GWR Goods Shed see the Banbury Yards and Freight topic, link below). Photo: Author.

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New info

A more exotic life than average?

Here are some British and Continental aspects that I never appreciated before. I should first say that BR produced 14 types of Lowmac and this running number is in Don Rowland's book under BR Diagram 2/242 where it is shown as one of 38 built in 1950 and lettered as Lowmac EP and Lowmac SC, for the ER and SR, respectively. The livery appears to show a mixture of early BR (some of it quite old and grinning through) and TOPS styles when white borders were used.

Mark Hambly has sent some detailed notes on the grounds that this Lowmac had a slightly more exotic life than the average Lowmac SC. He suggests that at some time in this vehicle's life it was fitted out for continental traffic, presumably because of a need to supplement two types which were built for such traffic:

LOWMAC EU (BR Diagram 2/247 - 13 built 1955 "For continental working"
LOWMAC SF (BR Diagram 2/254 - 8 built 1955 "For continental working"

There is a number of tell-tale features:

Buffers - continental style with longer housing and hole in the face.

Screw coupling - also of the longer continental style to suit the buffers.

Through air pipe.

Label clip - continental-style (below the frame at the extreme LH end of the wagon.

The anchor - is the symbol for a vehicle built to the British loading gauge and authorised to travel overseas via train ferry.

"British Railways" - wasn't normally used on wagons purely for UK domestic traffic.

However, what is missing is any evidence of the previous presence of a full 12-digit international number. This perhaps suggests that any continental travelling by this vehicle predated introduction of the international numbering scheme in the mid-1960s, prior to which the UK number and "British Railways" would have sufficed, although addition of "G" in front of the number may have been an informal addition to emphasise that the wagon originated from Great Britain.

Also absent are any hooks or eyes on the side for securing the wagon on board the ferry, an almost universal feature of ferry stock, but perhaps the chains visible around the buffer housings at the LH end of the wagon were provided for that purpose and deemed acceptable if the vehicle's international use was only temporary or short-term?

All told, then, an interesting example which raises more questions!


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Also seen at Banbury in the late 1970s, an ex-LMS 13T, 3-plank dropside wagon, now in Departmental service, No DM 480619. An unfitted wagon with the manual handbrake applied on this side. Photo: Author.

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Ex-LMS 13T, 3-plank dropside wagon, DM 480619, the other side.. Photo: Author.

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Ex-LMS 13T, 3-plank dropside wagon, DM 480619 with one side down, revealing what looks like a load of breeze blocks. Photo: Author.

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The next two pictures of BR wagons are a bit of a puzzle for they are shown in Don Rowland's book "British Railways Wagons" (1996), as to Diagram 1/040, "13T High sided (5plank and corrugated ends) with Sheet Support Rail, Lettered Shock".

BR Shock wagon

B722295 was Derby-built to Lot 2416 in 1952 and is rated 12T. It also carries what appears to be "HYBAR" and SHOCK" (Bounds Green, c1975).

BR Shock wagon

Seen on the same day is B723768, built to Lot 2546 in 1955, and also lettered 12T but there is another difference for the sheet rail is absent: it's hard to tell if it had been fitted in the first place, or removed later. There is a mysterious dark area where "HYBAR" or "HIGH-BAR" may have been painted but that's supposition on my part. The general condition is more weary: half the planks have been replaced at various times but the vertical stripes have not been repainted, while those on the corrugated ends have largely flaked off. It's quite a poor sight really. (Bounds Green c1975).

BR mineral

BR 16T mineral wagon No 251114 to Diagram 1/108 lot 2797, seen at Stourton, Leeds, 1975. Note the different axleboxes.

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Where DM 731403 was captured, I cannot say, possibly the Leeds area? There's a clue on the MR/LMS signal box where the word "STATION" can be seen....

The vehicle itself is a former LMS goods brake van that's been relegated to departmental use. The main lettering states RETURN TO NOTTINGHAM PREFAB DEPOT. (1975).

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LNER 21 ton coal hopper wagon. Again the location is unknown, but possibly at Banbury.

This is an example of LNER D.100 built from 1935-48 with detail differences, originally for 20T of coal, subsequently, 21T.

E307745 was one of the last batches, built in 1948 for the LNER by Nelson. Behind it in bauxite livery is B417959, the BR version to D.1/416 with a welded body. Nearest the camera is a BR goods brake van. (1977).

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BR Mk.1 coaches

Mk.1 kitchen car

BR RK roof

Seen in the sidings by Neasden Station displaying its roof. It's to Dia.700 and tallies with the sketch on p.218 in Keith Parkin's "BR Mk.1 Coaches", Pendragon, 1991. Possibly in an excursion. Note that 3 out of the 5 coaches visible are Gresleys, the one beyond the RK looking like a D.186 3rd Open, possibly another at the edge of the picture. In between is a Mk.1 TSO. May 1959. Photo: B.W.L. Brooksbank


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