Bricks and Mortar

Even empty wagons show traces of the work they do and the loads they carry. TIM SHACKLETON shows how to lay the foundations, using paint and powder as the key building blocks.

The settings in which freight stock operates and the loads it transports have as much influence on its appearance as wind, rain, sun and any other element. How could it be otherwise, when even today – working within an entirely different set of environmental legislation than applied in the steam era – blowback from fast-moving aggregate trains sends a stinging cloud of fine dust over the wagons and indeed everything in sight?

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