Manufacturer catalogue image
Era 4 (1948 to 1956) British Railways Early Crest
Era 5 (1957 to 1966) British Railways Late Crest
Era 6 (1967 to 1972) British Rail Blue (Pre-TOPS)
Era 7 (1972 to 1982) British Rail Blue (TOPS)
The 16 Ton Steel Mineral Wagon was a product of war time, when the requirement for coal soared and efforts were made to transport it more efficiently. This new wagon offered a 30% increase in haulage capacity over the pre-war wooden open wagons and as a consequence their popularity endured post war, when this wagon became the standard coal shifter in the newly nationalised BR. Over 300,000 wagons were built by many different construction companies (with the associated design differences that this caused) and these wagons carried on in service until 1987.
The Dapol Model of the 16 ton mineral wagon features: