Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Co – gunpowder van N
The Wagon Yard Exclusive Editions – Produced in house by The Wagon Yard team the authentic livery artwork comes from historic images and has been applied using a state of the art digital printing process. The wagon body and chassis is from Dapol’s high quality range. This wagon livery was requested by one of our customers and is available in a limited run with each wagon made to order (please allow 21 days for delivery).
The Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company based at Smethwick in the West Midlands was formed when the established Birmingham Wagon Company was dissolved in 1878. The Birmingham Wagon Co was a very successful venture but the change of name was necessary to reflect the diverse range of work the company now undertook in particular a significant increase in the amount of passenger stock being built.
Much like it’s predecessor the BRC&WCo was very successful and quickly became an established and well known name in the industry. As well as its wagon building the company had large contracts to build passenger and freight stock for South Africa, trams, trolley buses and other stock for the London Underground and Class 26, 27 and 33 locomotives for British Rail. In addition coaches were built for the Pullman Car Co and Diesel Multiple Units were produced again for British Rail.
The company traded prosperously for 80 years until the downturn in orders form British Rail and increased competition from abroad forced it to cease production in 1963. Ironically the company would revert to its original name the Birmingham Wagon Co to continue trading through the lease and hire of its rolling stock. ERA’s: 2, 3 and 4
(Historical Information from British Carriage & Wagon Builders & Repairers 1830 – 2006 by Chris Sambrook – Lightmoor Press)