BR introduced a new design of large coal hopper wagon in 1954. The original prototype had a unique body (flat of side deeper than end) which (unfortunately) was reproduced in a 4mm kit produced by K’s. Most had a body where the flat of the end was deeper than that of the side but later the style of body was altered so both were the same depth. They also had several different brake riggings, including clasp vacuum brake. A total of 8263 were built. They went out of use in the later 1980s.
A scale drawing of a vacuum braked example is in Monk-Steel, David (2011) Merry-go-round on the rails. HMRS publishing, Butterley Station, Derbys. 196 pages ISBN 978-0-902835-30-6.
B333005 24½T hopper @ Wellingborough 75-10-12 © Paul Bartlett w
B333073 HUO 1-148
B333137 HOP @ Toton 77-06-04 © Paul Bartlett
B333184 HOP24 @ Toton 78-09-17 © Paul Bartlett w
B333248 HOP 24 @ Wellingborough 75-10-12 © Paul Bartlett w
B333266 HOP24½ HUO @ Toton 78-09-17 © Paul Bartlett w
B333294 HUO Cond @ Wellingborough 81-04-16 © Paul Bartlett w
B333294 HUO diag 1-148
B333304 HUO @ Radyr 84-04-26 © Paul Bartlett w
B333320 = 104 @ Onllwyn Colliery 92-07-18 © Paul Bartlett [1w]
Keywords:24 1/2 ton hopper, BR, BR Hopper, HUO, Railway wagon
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