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 5263 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.
Scale drawings of all three types in 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
Keywords:24 1/2 ton hopper, BR, BR Hopper, HUO, Railway wagon
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