NWNGR tipping wagons

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Side-tipping wagons of the NWNGR

According to Boyd (1972) there were about 6 three-plank side-tipping open wagons carrying about 4 tons, though in his 1989 edition this statement does not appear but there are pictures of wagons including the numbers mentioned (123, 124).[1]. In these pictures no tipping gear can be seen, but it is clear that there is a drop door on one side only. In the last picture the wagon is seen tilted up at an angle of about 40 degrees, but the wagon seems to be tilted bodily complete with its underframe. Also the opening side is upwards and the tilt is probably due to the small tree growing through the floor. It is therefore unlikely that there were any tipping wagons with bodies hinged to the underframe on the NWNGR/WHR in WHR days, though any evidence to the contrary would be welcome. The wagons seen may have been intended for use in a tippler which tipped the whole wagon bodily.

An accident report of 1902 refers to the derailment of a privately-owned tipping wagon for iron-ore traffic[2]. There were several small iron-ore workings in the Betws Garmon area but all were closed before the WHR period. In the NWNGR official returns 10 ore wagons are shown by June 1881 up to December 1885, when the category disappears.

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  1. ^ Boyd, James I.C. (1989). Narrow Gauge Railways in South Caernarvonshire, Vol. 2, The Welsh Highland Railway. Blandford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-383-4. after p 70, pictures 12 & 16, also after p86, picture 3.
  2. ^ Boyd, James I.C. (1972). Narrow Gauge Railways in South Caernarvonshire. Lingfield, Surrey, England: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 9780853611158. OCLC 707587. p246

Also iBase 3007 (4th and 5th wagons from right) and iBase 869.