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In 1964 Esso introduced a fleet of 282 vacuum braked Class A tank wagons, 41 of which were built by Chas Roberts 6200 - 6240. There is a mystery about this batch, was the wheelbase 15ft or 16ft. The latter is on the diagrams, appears on a few of the wagons but usually the wagons use 15ft or the metric equivalent. To me, the suspension bracket does look to be nearer the headstocks than on the Pickering and Powell Dufryn built wagons.
The vacuum braking was unfortunate, for within a year or so BR began to require airbraking. Many of the wagons were fitted with new Bruninghaus suspension, and usually at the same time air braking. In 2012 many continue in use, possibly the oldest large fleet of wagons on BR.

ESSO56200 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 87-04-22 � Paul Bartlett

ESSO56200 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 87-04-22 � Paul Bartlett

ESSO56202 TTA Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 87-04-27 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56202 TTA Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 87-04-27 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56204 Class A @ Radyr 82-04-12 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56204 Class A @ Radyr 82-04-12 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56205 TTA Class A @ Westbury 89-04-22 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56205 TTA Class A @ Westbury 89-04-22 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56206 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 86-04-26 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56206 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 86-04-26 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56208 Class A @ Radyr 82-04-12 � Paul Bartlett W

ESSO56208 Class A @ Radyr 82-04-12 � Paul Bartlett W

ESSO56208 TTA Class A @ Westbury 89-04-22 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56208 TTA Class A @ Westbury 89-04-22 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56212 TTA Class A @ Radyr 90-09-30 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56212 TTA Class A @ Radyr 90-09-30 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56215 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 86-04-26 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56215 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 86-04-26 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56220 TTA Class A @ Bowling 91-08-15 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56220 TTA Class A @ Bowling 91-08-15 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56226 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 86-04-26 � Paul Bartlett W

ESSO56226 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 86-04-26 � Paul Bartlett W

ESSO56226 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 86-04-26 � Paul Bartlett [2W]

ESSO56226 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 86-04-26 � Paul Bartlett [2W]

ESSO56226 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 87-04-27 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56226 Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 87-04-27 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56226 Class A @ Mossend 84-07-22 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56226 Class A @ Mossend 84-07-22 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56227 TTA Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 85-05-26 � Paul Bartlett [1w]

ESSO56227 TTA Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 85-05-26 � Paul Bartlett [1w]

ESSO56227 TTA Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 85-05-26 � Paul Bartlett [2w]

ESSO56227 TTA Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 85-05-26 � Paul Bartlett [2w]

ESSO56227 TTA Class A @ Radyr 90-09-30 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56227 TTA Class A @ Radyr 90-09-30 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56230 TTA Class A @ Bowling 91-08-15 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56230 TTA Class A @ Bowling 91-08-15 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56231 TTA Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 85-05-26 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56231 TTA Class A @ Cardiff Tidal Sdgs 85-05-26 � Paul Bartlett w

ESSO56238 Class A @ Mossend 84-07-22 � Paul Bartlett W

ESSO56238 Class A @ Mossend 84-07-22 � Paul Bartlett W

Categories & Keywords
Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Railway
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Chas Roberts, Class A, ESSO, tank wagon