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BR 13 ton Pipe wagons, numbers B740418, B740676 and B741715
Above: BR pipe wagon KDB 740418 carrying loco coal at Caverswall Road station in September 2004
Although a specialised wagon type, the pipe wagon bore great similarity to common general merchandise wagon designs. Being intended to carry light but bulky commodities such as earthenware pipes, at 21'6" they were designed to be longer than standard wagons but of similar height and payload. They have a 12'0" wheelbase and the underframe dimensions conform to the RCH 20ton pattern, even though the wagons are only designed to carry a 12 ton load. This was later uprated to 13 tons. Although a BR standard design, to which almost 2000 wagons were constructed between 1949 and 1961, the work was spread across five different builders and four slightly different diagrams. Hence there are numerous detail differences to be seen when the wagons are studied closely, based on the custom and practice of the railway company works from which they came.
The three examples at Foxfield show many of these detail differences, as their history suggests:
Above: Official photograph showing what a typical BR Pipe wagon looked like when built
All three wagons arrived by road on 7 November 1994 in excellent condition, having been in recent engineering use at Stafford and last overhauled only a year or so before. They are equipped with both vacuum and air brake piping, and carry an attractive mid blue livery. The numbers had been prefixed "KD".
B740418 was purchased privately and is currently used as the locomotive coal wagon at Caverswall Road depot but will soon require some attention to the wooden body and floor.
B740676 still has a metal safety cage fitted from its days in engineering use at Stafford. It was purchased privately and is in store at Foxfield Wood sidings.
B741715 was purchased by the railway with its body already removed before arrival, though it arrived with a large number of useful spare body planks. The intention has been to modify it to carry a coach body, possibly the body of NSR third class coach number 127. This will require a great deal of restoration and conversion work which has not yet started. It is in store at Blythe Bridge exchange sidings.
Above: KDB740676 on a rare visit to Caverswall Road in September 2004 to collect cable drums
Above and below: Details of the BR S&T blue livery on Pipe wagon KDB740676
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