The most numerous air braked wagon on BR have been the hopper mineral wagons introduced in 1964. They were designed to work in continous rakes from the collieries to the power stations and not to be remarshalled and unloading required specialist equipment to operate the bottom hopper doors. Photographs of a small selection of wagons as they appeared upto 1980 when wagons were still being built whilst others were having new bodies fitted to the chassis.
A scale drawing and information were published in Monk-Steel, David., Bartlett, Paul W. & Mann, Trevor, (1986) BR Air— braked Coal Hopper wagons. in Model Railway Constructor Annual 1987 pp 20 - 36 edited by Leigh, Chris. and in Monk-Steel, David (2011) Merry-go-round on the rails. HMRS publishing, Butterley Station, Derbys. 196 pages ISBN 978-0-902835-30-6.
Scale drawings in: Monk-Steel, David (2022) An illustrated history of British Railways Hopper Wagons. HMRS publishing, Butterley Station, Derbys. 248 + iv pages ISBN 978 0 902835 42 9
NOTE – A few of these photographs are low quality scans
Other MGR photos are in other collections.
Keywords:BR Merry go round hopper, HAA, MGR, Railway wagon, hopper wagon
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