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This expansion tells a part of the story of the more than 24,000 21T hoppers built by British Railways 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 17,000 constructed.

In common with all coal carrying wagons, British Rail's 'standard' 21T coal hoppers were subject to the problems of body rot. Between 1971 and 1978 a major rebodying programme was instituted for the hoppers, 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 expansion features rebodied and uprated British Railways ‘standard’ 21T Coal Hoppers in a number of different lettering styles. The wagons are supplied in clean and weathered versions which are further enhanced by loaded and empty versions of each with suitably modified physics to match the load state.


Background

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 brakegear, with a single brake shoe to each wheel. This could be considered to be the standard design, with nearly 17,000 constructed.

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.

In March 1977 rebuilds appeared from Shildon Works fitted with new 10 leaf springs, allowing the loading capacity to be raised to 25t and they were renumbered at the same time. Just over 900 examples of Vacuum braked hoppers were delivered through to April 1978 and it is these wagons that are represented in this pack.


Features

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 freight brown and maroon liveries
  • Loaded and empty 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
  • Intelligent taillamps

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.

Click here to view the dia. 1/146 HTV 25t Coal Hoppers Manual


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: Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios

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