BR inherited hundreds of thousands of mineral wagons that were previously privately owned. From 1949 they renumbered them randomly in the P series - allocating blocks of numbers to numerous wagon works. Many were the RCH standard designs of 1923 and 1907.
Note that P numbers are usually read from the number stamped into the wooden frame, and after many years these were worn and are easily mis read.
The Fictitious private trader finish on conserved wagons probably existed, but not on the wagon they are now on.
2 ex Private Trader fictious Brook & Rees Preserved @ Carnforth 77-09-09 © Paul Bartlett w
2 Mostyn Iron Works 3 plank dropside OOU @ Mostyn Docks 81-06-27 © Paul Bartlett w
3 = P149219 Fictious A JARDINE Preserved @ Carnforth 79-08-25 © Paul Bartlett w
5 Mostyn Iron Works 3 plank dropside OOU @ Mostyn Docks 81-06-27 © Paul Bartlett [1w]
5 Mostyn Iron Works 3 plank dropside OOU @ Mostyn Docks 81-06-27 © Paul Bartlett [2w]
6 Mostyn Iron Works 3 plank dropside OOU @ Mostyn Docks 81-06-27 © Paul Bartlett w
21 = P36141 Fictious DEVLINS Preserved @ Falkirk 85-08-22 © Paul Bartlett W
52 2 plank ex Beckton Preserved @ Quainton Road 75-05-06 © Paul Bartlett w
69 Worthington open merchandise internal user © Paul Bartlett Collection W
108 NCB rebuild with raves Internal user @ Wath Main Colliery 81-06-28 © Paul Bartlett w
Keywords:Coke hopper, Private owner, RCH mineral, Railway wagon
This group, though small at the present time, is of considerable interest, as my initial interest in wagons was aroused by the sight of wood bodied former Private Owner wagons, with the remains of the original livery. Clearly they were painted in the days when the quality of the paints used was much better than what is available nowadays. I assume that such vehicles would have been repainted in the late 1930's, at the latest, yet despite being out in all weathers for thirty years or more, were still reasonably clear.
More vehicles in this group please.
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