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wooden raves and ends over a steel body, split axle boxes and RCH buffers. After Nationalisation, these vehicles continued in service through the late 1950s/early 1960s before being withdrawn from traffic. Hornby’s LMS 299957 (R6731) and 299958 (R6731A) represent examples built by Birmingham Railway C&W in 1930 and are finished off in pre-1936 LMS Grey livery. Bar one photograph of the pioneer LMS Coke Hopper 299900, there are currently no known other images of LMS examples. As all were built before the pre-1936 livery came into practice, it is likely that all 200 wagons were grey. Between 1949 and 1958, BR continued on the design and over 2000 were built to three different diagrams. Differences between the LMS and BR builds included plain front axle boxes, metal side and end raves and tie bars. BR examples had very short lives as their coke load could become corrosive when wet and many lasted until the early 1980s with last examples recorded as being condemned in South Wales. No examples of BR, LMS or Private Owner Coke Hoppers have survived into preservation. Hornby’s BR B448672 (R6733), B448673 (R6733A) and three wagon pack set (R6783) which includes B448206, B448207 and B448208 represent examples built to Diagram 1/151 by BR Shildon between 1951 and 1958.

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