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FREIGHTLINER WAGONS & CONTAINERS

 


A selection of images featuring freightliner wagons and containers associated with the 1960/70s era. This view shows part of a 10 vehicle rake detailed by Pete Johnson, using the Triang Hornby wagons as a basis.

     

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Morfa Bank Sidings - The under development Freightliner rake - just to show the new sides, printed out complete on an inkjet and glued directly to a Hornby base vehicle.


Colin Craig's etched brass freightliner flats seen at Wibdenshaw.


Colin Craig's etched brass freightliner flats seen at Wibdenshaw.


Colin Craig's etched brass freightliner flats seen at Wibdenshaw.


Colin Craig's etched brass freightliner flats seen at Wibdenshaw.


Colin Craig's etched brass freightliner flats seen at Wibdenshaw.


Colin Craig freightliner flats at Shenston Road.


Just some light weathering required and a tail lamp to finish off.

CONTAINERS - Notes and models by Pete Johnson.


An ISO 20 foot ‘red stripe’ Freightliner container in original livery. This is part of the 10-wagon train which is a regular on Wibdenshaw & Hornsey Broadway, but this particular wagon was on the Canada Street's work bench during a visit for attention. The containers on this train are modified Triang Hornby models, with replacement end doors featuring locking bar detail made from plastic strip and rod. The box number markings have been put together from Modelmaster alphabets on white strips cut from a Fox shock-van sheet - at a time when this distinctive livery had been overlooked by the 4mm transfer suppliers, and frustrated any attempts to model the early corrugated-sided steel boxes which Freightliner introduced. This situation has now been rectified and transfers are available from Railtec Transfers


Another view, showing the fixed end of the same box. Here the moulded raised band under the stripe has needed removal, with corner lock and framing detail added. The Freightliner train project utilises the Triang Hornby model, first produced in the late 1960s, and a good scale model for its time. Both the 'Freightliner' and 'Freightliners Limited' branding is the original Hornby artwork carefully preserved or re-touched after other work. The 30 foot boxes are cut-and-shut adaptations of 20 footers, with the cut pieces arranged to put the Hornby markings on the right part of the stripe! The door arrows badges were from a Fox sheet - it may have been a 2mm scale sheet to get the small size. Having seen more photos since the project I now realise the box number was repeated a further two times on the roof (for the benefit of the overhead crane drivers).


A classic piece of bold livery design from the late 60s/early 70s….. This OCL 20 foot ISO container (OCLU 263633-5) was spotted amid a pile of scrap at the Kingsbury yard.


Ex-Freightliner container languishing at the back of a lorry park.


The early lightweight aluminium boxes are now a part of history, although few (if any) have been preserved. A couple of 30 footers, carrying the remains of these colours, linger at the back of Bridgnorth shed (SVR) as storage units, and it would be nice to think one might be saved before aluminium rot destroys it completely.