NE-More Hoppers? - Further NER Hopper Wagons Announced!
Our NER 20t coal hoppers are the latest chapter in our 'Powering Britain' range of coal wagons through the ages. Announced in November, they have proven very popular indeed, covering a variant of wagon never before adequately catered for by Ready-to-Run (RTR) models.
The first batch of wagons have been very popular, with 8 packs covering various diagrams. However, many modellers were disappointed not to see many LNER era packs with the famed 'NE' branding.
So, it's about time we made up for that and bring you batch two, along with some additional industrial and BR goodness too!
Let's have a look at what's coming up, with 8 new packs on offer...
The NER P7 Hoppers; 52528, 55985 and L86, are shown in the 1911-1922 NER livery of Mid Grey, with unshaded 12" N.E.R initials. End braked, these hoppers served under the Central Division of the North Eastern Railway and the ‘Plimsoll’ type marking on the top plank at the sides shows that a section of the lower end planking had been removed, to save wear and tear on the hoppers when working cable hauled on inclines.
Under the LNER, P6 Hoppers were classified as DGM 11, with the P7 type Hoppers being classified as DGM 12 and the vehicles continued to be built in some numbers after Grouping in 1923.
Typically recognised by the replacement of the wooden end stanchions with stanchions made of metal, by and large the type were unchanged from their NER origins, being repainted into darker grey, with 18" x 12" N.E initials, at the earliest opportunity.
We have four new triple packs reflecting this era, from pristine to distressed/patched finishes with later BR numbers.
A large number of the 20t Hoppers made it through into the Nationalisation period, post-1948, some even surviving long enough to be painted into BR Freight Grey in the 1956-58 period, with black wagon information panels being added along with the painting of the handbrake handle ends into white.
By the late 1950s, wooden 20t hoppers had largely been removed from mainline use, with survivors either being scrapped, or sold on to Private Owner, or Internal Users.
Two such Internal Use liveries are featured in this second batch; one being the ‘industrial’ green paintwork exhibited by examples used at Cantley Sugar Beet Factory between Norwich and Great Yarmouth during the early 1970s and the other being the blue grey livery worn by those 20t hoppers used at the Workington Steel Works.
By 1972, wagons at Workington could be seen with a variety of different bodyside legends, from the Workington Iron & Steel Co. to United Steel Corporation initials and even to a handful featuring the new British Steel Corporation logo.
So, another eight new packs to choose from that will form our second production run of these wonderfully varied and distinctive coal hopper wagons. Due for delivery in Q2 2024, these wagons are priced at £84.95 per triple pack, with 10% off and free UK postage and packaging, not to mention rewards club points when you buy direct from Accurascale.
Browse the range and place your pre-order by clicking here or via your local Accurascale stockist!