Background

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.

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