Of all the wagon types used on British Rail during the '70s and '80s, nothing screams Cornwall more loudly than the iconic Clay Hood. For years these wagons trundled around the county from clay dries to port, and back, as well as on longer distance services to and from the Potteries area of Staffordshire. Their characteristic canvas "hood" protected the powdery china clay, keeping it dry and usable. The wagons demise came in the late 1980s, when the wooden-bodied wagons became life-expired and incompatible with the modern air-braked freight network.
Peco believe they have captured the essence of these attractive wagons well, complete with slightly textured canvas hood, with subtle hints of the ripple effect of the material. Although initially offered as a pristine model, they inevitably became very weathered, as the china clay got everywhere!