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As domestic and industrial coal traffic dwindled during the 1980s increasing numbers of relatively new HEA coal hoppers were to be found sitting in marshalling yards without any traffic to carry.

Some 44 wagons were converted during 1995 by fitting a retractable flexible cover operated by a windlass at solebar level. The conversion of the hoppers was an attempt by the shadow privatisation company Loadhaul to make use of the valuable wagons that were sitting idle and to attract new bulk freight traffic that required protection from the elements to the railways.

This Train Simulator expansion features CEA covered hoppers converted from both body variations of HEA hopper in Loadhaul livery.


The CEA conversion was one of the later attempts to find a use for the large numbers of HEA hoppers that were standing around with very little to do as the requirements for domestic and industrial coal diminished. The CEAs were converted in 1996 by the shadow privatisation company Loadhaul with a retractable sheet that could be rolled back from ground level by attaching a windlass to a spigot fitted to the under-frame. The sheet allowed them to carry products which needed protecting from the weather or that may have had issues with dust blowing off in transit. Interestingly a thin corner support was added to the later build wagons at the time of conversion.

Some 44 wagons were converted and they appear to have had questionable success in traffic. Some commodities that the wagons have been noted carrying include Limestone, Calcified Seaweed, China Clay, Petroleum Coke and Chipped Tyres for use at Aberthawe Cement Works.


We always like to find ways of doing things a little differently and to incorporate new features to improve the use and enjoyment of our expansions.

Sometimes we will look at enabling new features to make models operate more like the prototype and in other cases to more closely reflect other influences in the real world.

This pack is no exception and we have and features a number of 'standard' Fastline Simulation features along with some newly developed ideas which include.

  • Clean and weathered versions of both wagon body types
  • Loaded and unloaded versions with suitable physics
  • ‘Intelligent’ tail lamps
  • Animated hand brakes
  • Body variation switching based on vehicle number as per the prototype.

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.


As these expansions are being released via Steam Marketplace it is usual to not included bundled scenarios as we have in the past with our self-published expansions. However, as this product is workshop compatible we have commissioned two scenarios featuring the rolling stock included in the pack and these will be uploaded to Steam Workshop in the near future.

In the meantime you may want to search Steam Workshop to see if any scenarios have been shared by other people using this link: Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios

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