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The impressive 102t Class A bogie tanks were the first release in our Project East Coast range of add-ons for Train Simulator and were some of the first big wagons seen on the UK rail network.

The pack features loaded and empty physics, clean and dirty versions, TEA and TEB variants and rear versions fitted with a Bardic battery tail lamp which was used to avoid using a barrier wagon to keep an oil lamp away from the highly flammable cargo.


Stock Pack Contents

TEA/TEB Hoppers

The contents of the expansion have been developed to allow as much versatility in scenarios as possible and includes a total of sixteen versions of the Class A tank wagons, including:

  • TEA and TEB variants
  • Clean and dirty examples
  • Empty and loaded versions
  • Rear versions featuring a Bardic battery with emulated sensor to only light at night.

Scenarios

In addition there are two authentic scenarios for the default Newcastle to York route based on the 1980 working timetables:

  • 6E79 1950 Grangemouth - Ecclesfield
  • 6S69 0841 Masborough - Grangemouth

To complete the pack a manual in the style of a period BR official booklet is included giving more details about the models, their use in scenarios and other important information.


Background

In the mid 1960s Metro-Cammell built an experimental 92t glw class A bogie tank for Shell Mex and BP which was destined to become the forerunner to most bogie tank construction. The strength of the tank barrel meant that continuous sole-bars were not required and as such just short sections were provided over the bogies at each end, angling down to a full length under-frame which was also used to support the braking equipment. The wagon was fitted with air brakes and had a maximum speed 60mph. Carefully designed at 54ft 10in in length, the wagon took up the same amount of space as a pair of 2-axle wagons with the fillers and discharge points lining up with existing facilities.

The prototype was a great success and both Shell Mex and BP proceeded to buy a large fleet of the production wagons, By this time the design had been uprated to 102t glw to take advantage of rising maximum axle weights. Metro-Cammell, Powell Duffryn and Pickering were all involved in construction and naturally there are some variations between lots. By 1969 there were over 1000 wagons in service with Shell and BP.

Our model is based on an example from a relatively small lot of wagons originally built to carry diesel fuel for Shell by Metro-Cammell in 1967, but it shares a common appearance with a number of lots produced for both Shell and BP.

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