Good(s) links

While thinking about industries that would cycle cars through “one at a time” such as the Kennebec Central did, I wondered if I could find examples from beyond Canada and the United States. Despite a long interest in British model railways I discovered that I really don’t know much of anything when it comes to how to researching prototype examples or, frankly, even the broader question of how freight was moved, the cars used, and so on.

This morning I read this blog post from the ESNG blog containing some really fantastic links. I’m reading through some very detailed notes on different freight car types used on British railways and examples of how they’d be used.

This is great stuff. Armed with these notes I have a better idea of how to search for examples for my question. Thanks, ESNG, for sharing this in the first place.



Here are two useful sites for the goods wagon enthusiast.

Firstly, “Goods & Not So Goods – An overview of railway freight operations for modellers.”  This labour of love is packed full of interesting material.  The site is often an overview, and more detailed information may be found elsewhere, but for a comprehensive view of UK freight operations (and a lot of other things as well) it takes a lot of beating.

Lots of neat sketches, too, including this useful one of how to tie down a container, and a less useful one of a live fish (!) container.



Secondly, Paul Bartlett’s (no relation, I think) encyclopedic site with photographs of almost every BR goods wagon from the 1960’s to privatisation, plus surviving stock from the Big-4.  Lots of ideas for liveries and detailing, and prints and downloads are available if you want a more permanent reference.  There are…

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  1. Yup, those are both great sites for fact finding. The Goods And Not So Goods is a huge piece of work but packed full of diagrams and real world anecdotes of how things used to run.

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