BR Engıneers’ Traıns


Regular maintenance and renewals are key to the safe and efficient operation of the rail network. MARK CHIVERS looks to British Rail’s departmental wagon fleet and presents a selection of typical train formations from the 1950s to the 1990s that can be readily modelled in ‘OO’.

Stanier ‘8F’ 2-8-0 48532 works hard in preparation for the climb to Peak Forest as it passes Buxton Junction with a fully laden rake of ‘Mermaid’ tipplers on February 28 1968. Ballast trains like this have been an important part of the railway’s duties and continue to be so today, even though the wagons have changed greatly. Paul Claxton/SAArchive/

THROUGH the years, dedicated teams of maintenance staff and engineers have helped keep the railway running with regular checks of the permanent way, signalling and telecommunications equipment, repairing and replacing as necessary. A fleet of specialist rolling stock enables plant and materials to be transported between depots and worksites supporting the engineers.

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