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Volume Nine - Pre-Victorian to the present day - even more aspects - The Introduction of 20 ton Coal Wagons - 1923   . . .

20 ton coal wagon 1920's
A 20-ton mineral wagon assigned to North's Navigation Collieries (1889) Ltd. whose Cardiff shipping offices were at Aberdare House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff and who had collieries at Caerau, Coegnant North and South, Maesteg Deep and St. John's Pit employing in total 3,650 persons at these collieries. At Maesteg you need to contact Mr. David Davies, jnr. for a start. [469] [470]
 
 

One of the newly-introduced 20-ton open goods wagons of the Great Western Railway (GWR), UK, August 1924. An image from the | Hulton Archive | J. B. Helsby | Getty Images | [471]

 
The new standard 20-ton mineral wagon.
INTRODUCTION OF HIGH CAPACITY WAGONS. In co-operation with traders, to secure more economical and efficient transport of coal, the Great Western Railway. successfully initiated in August, 1924, the adoption of a 20-ton wagon as the new standard for the conveyance of shipment coal in South Wales. The new wagon, considerable numbers of which are now in use, is destined to take the place of the 10- and 12-ton wagon ; and apart from export coal there is every indication that the bigger wagon will also be utilised for inland coal, roadstone, and other minerals. The benefits accruing to the trader are substantial (apart from reduced construction and maintenance costs, increased capacity of sidings, etc.), the G.W.R. allow a rebate of 5 per cent. off the conveyance rate and a further reduction of 1¼d. per ton in tipping and weighing charges on coal conveyed in fully loaded 20-ton wagons over their line. - [723] [716] [20190729]
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