Freightliner FFA and FGA wagons
The concept of Freightliner trains emerged in the famous Dr Beeching report “The Reshaping of British Railways” published in 1963. Containerisation was seen as the way forward and BR built two prototype wagons at Shildon Works which could carry two 20ft containers.
The production run differed from the prototypes by being 62ft 6” long and capable of carrying three 20ft containers. 100 were built at Ashford Works with construction beginning in 1964 and comprised 18 outer wagons with buffers (later designated FGA) and 82 inner wagons (later designated FFA) which were coupled to the outer vehicles by a coupling bar. These usually ran in multiples of five vehicles with the two FGA wagons having the buffers at the outer ends and three FFA wagons between them. BR initially provided its own containers (which had their own fixing system rather than the standard ISO fitting which came in later) which were branded ‘Freightliner’.
Bachmann are to produce the FGA wagons (with outer end buffers) in twin packs and the FFA wagons in single packs to allow customers to add additional vehicles as required. Both 20ft and 30ft ISO containers in BR Freightliner livery (grey with a red stripe and carrying the double arrow alongside the Freightliner branding) will be offered along with 20ft and 40ft Maritime containers. A 20ft tanker option will also be available.
FFA FREIGHTLINER FLAT - PHOTO CAN BE REPRODUCED – COURTESY OF PAUL BARTLETT / BACHMANN
FGA FREIGHTLINER FLAT WITH END BUFFERS - PHOTO CAN BE REPRODUCED – COURTESY OF PAUL BARTLETT / BACHMANN
The following items will be released:
38-625 Twin Pack FGA container flats (with outer end buffers) with ISO containers
38-626 Single FFA container flat (inner vehicle) with ISO containers
38-627 Twin Pack FGA container flats (with outer end buffers) with Maritime containers
38-628 Single FFA container flat (inner vehicle) with Maritime containers