Boxes seem to be an undernourished subject as far as models and research matter goes. It's very difficult to find period photos of them compared to other freight stock. Even PBs site is a little thin (no complaints )
Too young! Very difficult to access Freightliner depots, Netto Rail has learnt all they know about turning the railways into no go areas from Freightliner
We are helping Bachmann all we can; there are sources of info on early containers which are not so obvious. And I think it is reasonable to say that although BR was at the forefront of the international development of the container they found it difficult to predict where it would go. So the NCB coal container didn't go anywhere for a generation; liquids and even more so dry powder were foreseen as a development area heavily canvassed in early publicity and that was very very slow to develop, and importantly it was seen as an internal freight carrier (this partially failed, many small depots opened and closed) and were simply overwhelmed by the maritime developments. Don't overlook that an absolute fortune had been spent on 'RCH' standard containers and conflats towards the end of the 1950s [and a surprising number of experiments] and there was resistence to accepting that it was a Dodo only 6 years later, so the change was resisted by a lot of the BR operators [I read a Yahoo site where professional railwaymen have been vitriolic about this change from the 4ton container!].
Please don't overlook that Bachmann are going to produce an early Freightliner crane which looked excellent at Barwell on Monday - 44-0009. I must admit I have been disappointed by comments about the introduction of these models. Without looking up all the details, they were THE container carrier for a quarter of a century, and lasted until close to, if not beyond, the turn of the century. They span the steam - diesel transition which is so popular at the moment. Ok, like the MGRs they were air braked so didn't have steam power, but they ran alongside them for 3 or so years. Also, I suspect many of you are thinking too much of the rather monotonous container scene of the present day with some very large companies dominating the scene. It wasn't like that; there were hundreds of companies - the likes of Geests and Sainsbury didn't hire someone elses, they used their own. A feature of the speculative investment market was to buy ownership of a container. OK, I'll admit I wasn't that keen on containers but the possibilities are nearly endless! Many small terminals existed and that is what the Bachmann cranes are aimed at reproducing .