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The breakdown crane is as much a part of railway infrastructure as much as it is a wagon. Such cranes began to appear in 1875, growing in size and complexity.
Over 176 cranes have appeared around the UK since their introduction, with the most modern cranes able to lift entire locomotives off the ground. Being the national operator from 1948 BR inherited a patchwork of rolling stock from its constituent companies, as they had done twenty five years earlier, including all breakdown cranes in service.
BR employed some of the largest rail cranes, with the heaviest of the lot designed for the heaviest of tasks, such as the re-railing of locomotives, or tasks that may see a locomotive needing to be removed from the track all together
Many open wagons would find their way into private ownership, with each company then commissioning one of the Big Four companies to move their wagons to their destination. These plank wagons are typical of the kind that could be seen making up a colourful patchwork behind one of the Big Four's freight engines.These open wagons are fitted with NEM couplings and metal wheels, allowing them to roll freely and therefore allowing them to run in long rakes behind even small locomotives as may sometimes be tasked with hauling them. These wagons also have internal plank detailing, a load need not be fitted if you do not wish to add one. This triple pack contains wagons lettered for BW&Co, Bentley Colliery number 323, J. James or Exeter number 96 and Newstead colliery number 1110.
The UKF pallet van was a bogie freight wagon that would be a relatively common sight on UK rails during the 1970s and 1980s. The 'Palvans' had an 82 tonne capacity and were designed to transport palletised products on the rails, in the UK this often took the form of fertiliser from the UKF company. UKF would be known as Shellstar before adopting the name of the Dutch company Unie van Kunstmest Fabrieken.
Initially versions of the Palvan were curtain sided with newer versions being constructed with sliding side doors. This enhancement would prove to be a success, and earlier wagons would be retrofitted with their curtains removed and doors fitted. All of these received the TOPS code PWA.
This crane, as preserved at the One:One collection in Margate was built for the LNER as number 941599, then rated at 45 tonnes. On entry to BR service the crane would be renumbered multiple times as could be common for departmental rolling stock, first to 330110, then ADRC95218.
Following a conversion from steam to diesel the crane would re-enter service as ADRC96719. Now rated at 50 tonnes, the crane is preserved and will be on display to the public when the museum opens.
The Hornby crane model includes the supporting trucks as well as a fully posable crane boom and hook, allowing the crane to be posed as if it were rescuing a stricken locomotive.
The Beatles require almost no introduction, it is hard to imagine a corner of the globe where their punchy sounds have not been heard in the almost 60 years they have achieved mainstream success. 'A Hard Days Night' is many things, it is a musical comedy film starring the Beatles, it is a Beatles themed hotel in Liverpool, and an album containing the films soundtrack.
In 'A Hard Days Night' the Beatles are able to escape a groups of fans mad with Beatlemania onboard a train bound for London and what better way to celebrate this film and its sound track than with this wonderfully decorated licenced wagon.
The Beatles require almost no introduction, it is hard to imagine a corner of the globe where their punchy sounds have not been heard in the almost 60 years they have achieved mainstream success.'The Beatles' is the only double album released by The Beatles in all their years of producing.
The album features an uncharacteristically plain cover, with a solid white background only broken by the album and band name, The Beatles. It is for this reason that the album is often referred to as the 'White Album'. The album is often regarded as one of the best albums of all time, and features some of the most legendary Beatles songs such as 'Back in the USSR', 'Dear Prudence', 'Helter Skelter' and 'Glass Onion'.
The Beatles require almost no introduction, it is hard to imagine a corner of the globe where their punchy sounds have not been heard in the almost 60 years they have achieved mainstream success.'1962 – 1966' is a compilation album released by the Beatles in 1973. Due to the background colour of the album cover it is sometimes referred to as the 'Red Album'.
As a compilation, the album features some of the most iconic Beatles songs released between 1962 and 1966. In the same year the Beatles released '1967 – 1970', a second such compilation album covering the years mentioned in the title, with a background colour providing the nickname the Blue Album.
The Beatles require almost no introduction, it is hard to imagine a corner of the globe where their punchy sounds have not been heard in the almost 60 years they have achieved mainstream success.This wagon celebrates the first two albums released by the Beatles 'Please Please Me' and 'With the Beatles'.
'Please Please Me' kickstarted the Beatles success, with the album featuring songs such as 'Love Me Do' and 'Twist and Shout'. The roaring success of the album was followed by 'With the Beatles' an album featuring such songs as 'Little Child' and 'Please Mr. Postman' a cover of the song by the same name from the ground breaking group the Marvelettes.
The TEA tanker was designed to take large loads of hazardous liquids from refineries to ports and storage facilities. With a loaded capacity of 100 tonnes, these wagons would often need to be pulled by double heading diesel locomotives. These long and imposing tank wagons are a must have for a late BR modeller.
This wagon is presented in a pristine finish, not that these wagons would look like that for long such as the nature of their dirty work and high milage.
Following the improvements in production through the 20th century the standard length of rails increased from 45 feet to 60 feet. Now longer than the standard 45-feet bogie bolsters like the GWR Macaw B new 65-feet length rail carrier wagons were built.The LMS developed bogie flat wagon, designed for use with bolsters for rail or as a flat deck wagon for track panels, was adopted as a standard type by British Railways and allocated the code name Salmon. 894 were constructed between 1949 and 1961 in 15 batches from private wagon builders as well as BR workshops. A great variety of modifications were made over the lives of these wagons, with over 400 being overhauled during the 1980s, receiving modern bogies and train air brakes. Many of these wagons were formed into continuous welded rail trains, while others were fitted with rail cranes to aid handling of jointed rails at relaying sites.The Hornby Salmon range is a new tooling for 2023 with almost all variants of the wagon catered for. Fitted with diecast chassis, these wagons have fantastic weight that rolls freely on metal wheels. Bolsters are included in the accessory bag can be fitted to represent the different ways these wagons would have appeared.
The TTA tanker is one of the most numerous types of tanker wagon ever seen on British railways. While far from the first or last such wagon to be used the standardised nature and relative simplicity of the mechanisms in the tank and chassis led to thousands being built during the 1960s and 70s.
Mainly for the use of petrochemical products the TTA tanker would see use in heavy block trains around the country, hauled by some of the most notable diesel freight engines to have served with BR. Withdrawal for the wagons would begin in the early 2000s when larger bogie tank engines would take over their role, with most examples of the wagon scrapped other than a handful preserved for posterity.
The Hornby TTA tanker is a newly tooled for 2023, the first time this has been retooled since 1973. With a phenomenal amount of detail on what can sometimes be seen as a rather plain wagon these are a must for any late twentieth century modeller.
The GWR Macaw B, BR code Bogie Bolster C, is a 45-feet length flat bogie wagon designed to carry long loads bolster is a type of flat bed wagon designed for carrying long loads. This design with heavy angle trussing was designed to carry loads up to 30 tons distributed along the length of the wagon and was equipped with the GWR standard plate back bogies. This allowed a wide range of loads to be carried, from the original long lengths of timber to structural iron and steel products like beams and rail. Other items which were simply too long for a conventional 4-wheel wagon could also be carried, new ships lifeboats being a not uncommon example.The GWR bogie bolsters continued in service with BR into the 1960s before being replaced by newer built wagons. Several examples have been preserved.
The ZBA 'Rudd' is a type of low sided open wagon rebuilt from an older HTV type of coal hopper. This rebuild was done on behalf of the BR Civil Engineering department, the department responsible for maintaining the trackwork of the UK.
The ZBA was the most extreme of these rebuilt wagons with an entirely new body fitted as opposed to having the original one cut down. The first of these rebuilds began appearing in 1984, with the wagons becoming the longest lasting type. ZBA wagons saw their withdrawal come thick and fast around 2008, with their use diminished by advancements in wagon design in the 30 years they were in service.
At just over 60 feet in length the KFA is able to accommodate a raft of different containers from the standardised range, which tend to use the two main sizes of 40 foot and 20 foot. Be it 3 twenty foot containers or a twenty footer with forty footer, the KFA is able to haul them with ease.
The Hornby KFA wagon is fully diecast, with some separately fitted details on the chassis enhancing the level of detail achieved with what can sometimes be seen as quite a plain wagon. Studs on the chassis allow for the fitting of modular containers both included with the set and available separately.