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12 hours ago, faa77 said:

What year did BLA wagons appear?

 

The initial ones were in traffic in May 1994 with the main build coming shortly after.

 

The early build (I think there were only 10 of these) were taller at the sides, https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/bba/e38859ae2

 

Whilst the later much lower https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/bba/e3c939d87

 

Mark Saunders

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8 hours ago, Mark Saunders said:

 

The initial ones were in traffic in May 1994 with the main build coming shortly after.

 

The early build (I think there were only 10 of these) were taller at the sides, https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/bba/e38859ae2

 

Whilst the later much lower https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/bba/e3c939d87

 

Mark Saunders

 

Thanks! Too late for Railfreight livery then?

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On 23/04/2019 at 16:34, Mark Saunders said:

 

The initial ones were in traffic in May 1994 with the main build coming shortly after.

 

The early build (I think there were only 10 of these) were taller at the sides, https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/bba/e38859ae2

 

Whilst the later much lower https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/bba/e3c939d87

 

Mark Saunders

Mark

We saw several of them when we were in Llanwern BSC on 15 April 1994. They didn't look too new then - and no sign the wagon they were sat on had received any attention!

 

https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/llanwernbsc/e37069dcc   https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/llanwernbsc/e3d6695e5

 

Paul

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20 minutes ago, hmrspaul said:

Mark

We saw several of them when we were in Llanwern BSC on 15 April 1994. They didn't look too new then - and no sign the wagon they were sat on had received any attention!

 

https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/llanwernbsc/e37069dcc   https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/llanwernbsc/e3d6695e5

 

Paul

 

Paul

 

Correct but I believe that they were a cheap conversion with the luxury of painting not extended beyond the coil boxes!

 

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On 25/04/2019 at 18:33, Mark Saunders said:

 

Paul

 

Correct but I believe that they were a cheap conversion with the luxury of painting not extended beyond the coil boxes!

 

Mark

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Agreed, but my main point was that the cradles didn't look too recently painted when we saw them in April 94, so must have been around for a bit. Probably mentioned in one of the prototype mags when they were introduced. The original topic was about how early they could appear.

 

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19 hours ago, hmrspaul said:

Mark

Agreed, but my main point was that the cradles didn't look too recently painted when we saw them in April 94, so must have been around for a bit. Probably mentioned in one of the prototype mags when they were introduced. The original topic was about how early they could appear.

 

Paul

If I recall correctly the cradles were made in Stoke on Trent by a local fabricator. They were fitted to the wagons at Marcroft Engineering's site. In those far off pre-privatisation days the logical way to do this was to cycle trainloads of wagons through the Stoke site over the Christmas/New Year break loading the cradles to the wagons. No special attention was given to the wagons at all. If I can find my old reports for the period I should be able to pinpoint whether it was Christmas 1992 or 1993  this all took place.

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15 hours ago, Mark Saunders said:

This is one of the early tall rebuilds on the 16th of April 1994.

 

 

 

 

2019-04-27-0001 910016 BLA Llanwern 16-04-1994 LR.jpg

Interesting to see that the part-circle of different-coloured paint on the cradles seems to have been present from new. When this cropped up before, I'd suggested it was a result of loading hot coils, but it looks as though it pre-dated that. 

Presumably the wagons came in from the Lackenby- Shelton Bar slab workings?

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3 hours ago, Fat Controller said:

 

Presumably the wagons came in from the Lackenby- Shelton Bar slab workings?

 

Some were worked in a block trains of empties, but where from I do not know. Some loaded  trains went (back) to South Wales.

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On 01/06/2019 at 08:23, Sails said:

Interesting announcement from Rails, partnership with Cavalex for packs of BLA and BBA, lovely stuff.

Yes. BBA packs (A + B) ordered. Very nice. 

 

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