Accurascale’s pioneering Chaldron coal wagons for ‘OO’

The rise in demand for coal in the 18th century saw introduction one of the first standardised wagon designs: the Chaldron. Accurascale has added these characterful and long-lasting wagons to its ‘OO’ gauge range – MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

The idea of a standard wagon design stretches back nearly 200 years to the Great Northern coalfields. The need for a standard measurement for coal traffic saw collieries and merchants create the Chaldron wagon – a wagon type which could hold a set amount of coal for transport.

Early genesis of the type stretches back beyond the adoption of railway locomotives, but from 1820 the ‘modern’ Chaldron wagon, as modelled by Accurascale, came into being.


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