Having embarked on a bit of a mammoth project our final two 21T coal hopper packs for Train Simulator are available to buy on Steam Marketplace.

Details of all the packs released today are set out below along with the requisite button to press to purchase.


dia 1/143 HTO 21T coal hopper

Fastline Simulation: dia. 1/143 HTO 21T coal hopper

The 21T hoppers were a continuation of an LNER design and the earliest examples built for British Railways were practically identical to the last of the LNER vehicles. They retained the LNER style clasp brakes fitted to only one side of the wagon and the long, high level brake lever. After the ordering of 1200 vehicles with welded bodies to Diagram 1/141 in 1949, a new diagram, 1/143 was issued to covered those vehicles featuring riveted construction, and it these vehicles that are featured in this pack.

As part of the 1949 & 1950 building programs, six different manufacturers built the 7 Lots that covered the 2750 vehicles of this diagram: Lot 2163 was for 350 wagons, built by Cravens in Sheffield; Lot 2164 was for another 350 from Head Wrightson of Thornaby; Teesside Bridge & Engineering of Middlesbrough contributed the 150 wagons of Lot 2165; Lot 2166 was formed of 700 wagons from Birmingham RC&W; Metro-Cammell, also of Birmingham provided the 500 vehicles of Lot 2167; A further 450 vehicles from Head Wrightson formed Lot 2168. These were all part of the 1950 program. Curiously, the sole lot from the 1949 program was the highest numbered and comprised the last 250 numbers allocated to the diagram. Butterley Company at Codnor Park produced these vehicles to Lot 2212.

The riveted body Dia. 1/143 HTO 21t coal hopper wagon pack for Train Simulator includes riveted body 21T coal hoppers with long LNER pattern brake levers in unfitted grey livery. Other features include: 

  • Four different weathering variations
  • Loaded and unloaded versions with suitable physics
  • Four different type of data panel/lettering - randomly assigned but can be overridden
  • Loaded versions have five different load profiles randomly assigned
  • Animated handbrake lever

The pack includes a user manual with further details about the rolling stock and the customising of some of the features when using the wagons in scenarios.

To allow the formation of correctly marshalled trains a British Railways dia. 1/506 unfitted 20T brake van is also bundled with this wagon pack.

Click here to view the dia. 1/143 HTO 21T Coal Hoppers Manual

Click here to view the CAO Brake Van [Grey] Manual


dia 1/146 rebodied HTO 21T coal hoppers

Fastline Simulation: dia. 1/146 rebodied HTO 21T coal hopper

BR ordered more than 24,000 21t hoppers to several different diagrams over the 10 years from 1949. These wagons were a continuation of a former LNER design, with some of the earliest examples featuring the long brake lever and single-sided brakes of late LNER examples and also riveted bodywork. The various diagrams featured 2 styles of side ribs, but all had 5 ribs per side. By 1952, examples of Diagram 1/146 started to appear with welded bodies, the shorter BR style brake lever and Morton brake gear, with a single brake shoe to each wheel This could be considered to be the standard design, with nearly 17,000 constructed. The code given for these vehicles was HOP 21, or HOP 21 VB for those fitted with vacuum brake equipment.

After over a decade of hard work, the 21T hoppers were experiencing the body corrosion common to many coal carrying wagons. In a change to the previous practice of patching the worst affected areas, BR had started to replace whole bodies with the late style of Diagram 1/146 bodies, irrespective of the original Diagram. From 1971, this changed to a newer style of body, in a major body replacement program. These new bodies featured only 2 side ribs, compared to the 5 of the original bodies, and they included the later style of end bracing that had been introduced to accommodate vacuum brake cylinders, even if that equipment was not fitted.

Large numbers of the unfitted wagons from Diagram 1/146 were included in this program, and it is these vehicles that are represented in this pack.

The Rebodied dia. 1/146 HTO 21t Coal Hoppers wagon pack for Train Simulator includes rebodied unfitted 21T hoppers to diagram 1/146 in unfitted grey and freight brown liveries. Other features include: 

  • A selection of weathering variations
  • Loaded and unloaded versions with suitable physics
  • Four different type of data panel/lettering - randomly assigned but can be overridden
  • Loaded versions have five different load profiles randomly assigned
  • Animated handbrake lever

The pack includes a user manual with further details about the rolling stock and the customising of some of the features when using the wagons in scenarios.

To allow the formation of correctly marshalled trains a British Railways dia. 1/506 unfitted 20T brake van is also bundled with this wagon pack.

Click here to view the dia. 1/146 rebodied HTO 21T Coal Hoppers Manual

Click here to view the CAO Brake Van [Grey] Manual


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