British Railways Unfitted and Vacuum Braked Wagons in Colour by Trevor Mann
This full colour compendium illustrates the fleet of non-fitted and vacuum-braked freight wagons built by British Railways, for both revenue-earning traffic and departmental use, during the period from Nationalisation in 1948 right through until the construction and conversion of such wagons ceased during the 1990s. The book will provide an outline of the evolution of the BR wagon fleet, covering initial orders to pre-nationalisation designs, the development of BR ‘standard’ designs, and the effects of the 1955 Modernisation Plan. Technical developments such as brake gear design, roller bearing axleboxes and hydraulic/pneumatic buffers are covered together the variety of liveries carried over the years. Much of the information will be provided via extended captions which will accompany over 200 colour photographs with the author highlighting significant technical details of wagon design and information relating to traffic/departmental use plus the geographical sphere of operation.
British Railways Unfitted and Vacuum Braked Wagons in Colour is a wonderfully detailed book on a relatively obscure subject and a great addition to any British Railways modeller’s bookshelf