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No. 12986


In its coke wagon form in the down yard platform

Photo:
Tim Cook - In its coke wagon form in the down yard platform


This is an example of the most common wagons used on the railways until the 1950s. It was used for carrying all types of goods, and could be covered with a tarpaulin to keep the contents dry. Wooden wagons like this were often privately owned, many by collieries and coal merchants. During the Second World War many were requisitioned for war work and were literally used until they fell apart. After the war this type of wooden wagon was replaced by larger, steel-bodied 16 ton mineral wagons. Quainton's Standard 16-ton Coal Wagon is an example of this latter type.

The precise origin of No. 12986 is not known but it was purchased by Laporte Chemical Industries who had it converted to a coke wagon by fitting it with higher sides. It is a four-wheeled open wagon with steel frame and is a self-emptying design with small doors on the side only and a sloping floor. It is probably about 80 years old, although the axle-boxes are standard British Railways pressed steel design. It may therefore be a British Railways or Laportes rebuild of a five plank open wagon, with in effect, another three plank section on top, which gave an overall height of 10ft 6in. This vehicle was donated to QRS in 26th January 1972.

It was converted back to a 5-plank wagon by QRS members in 1986. It is painted as a typical private-owner coal wagon of the 1930s, with the name of Ricketts. The wagon painting scheme was chosen by the restoration team as being appropriate to the local area to represent the most common local coal carrier.

Wagons owned by large London coal merchants Rickett and Cockerill, had their wagons branded as Ricketts and were regularly used to transport coal on the Brill branch line.

References:
Another Wagon for Quainton - Quainton News No. 11 - March 1972


In its 5 plank Private-Owner Van form

Photo:
Tim Cook - In its 5 plank Private-Owner Van form


Origin :- Unknown Date Built :- c 1930 Number :- 12986
Diagram :- - Lot :- - Capacity :- -
Type :- Converted 5-plank open goods Builder :- Unknown / Laporte / QRS Wheelbase :- 9' 0"
Owner :- QRS Status :- Restored / Operational Location :- Buffer Depot Museum
Accession No.: W/052 Arrival Date :- 1972    

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