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BR ordered more than 24000 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 brakegear, with a single brake shoe to each wheel. This could be considered to be the standard design, with nearly 17000 constructed. The code given for these vehicles was HOP 21, or HOP 21 VB for those fitted with vacuum brake equipment.

In common with all coal carrying wagons, they were subjected to the problems of body rot. Policy had been to cut out the worst areas of corrosion and weld in new sections, but this changed in the late 1960’s. A completely new body was the way forward, and some of the earliest examples were given new bodies with the later style of body ribbing.

Between 1971 and 1978 a major rebodying programme was instituted, with the body now only featuring 2 ribs per side. Both unfitted and fitted wagons were covered in this programme, with some previously unfitted examples gaining vacuum brakes too.

This pack features former Diagram 1/146 vehicles that were fitted with roller bearing axleboxes and vacuum brakes along with the new body. Three livery variations are included, in both clean and dirty options: Freight Brown body, with black frames and running gear; Freight Brown body and Frames, with black running gear; maroon body, with black frames and running gear. Empty and Loaded physics options are provided and the loaded examples come with 5 random coal load shapes. There are also 4 random styles of lettering provided to give a bit more variety, as the wagon code was variously rendered as HOP 21 VB, HOP 21 HTV, or just HTV.

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