I'm trying to model the late 1950's.
In general terms, would pre-nationalisation open wagons and closed vans
still be running on spoked wheels or would they have been fitted with 3-hole
As far as .. there wasnt a policy of replacing wheels. There was one of
scrapping anything with grease lubrication axles. Your question is a bit
general, are there any particular wagons you are interested in.
As Wolf said look at photos. One of the best sites ever ....
I've seen that too but it would have been unusual because wheels are
usually turned down on the axle until the tread gets too shallow and
then replaced as a pair. It would be unusual to just replace one.
Mis-matched buffers were more common.
I have a wonderful photograph John Lewis sent me of a standard gauge
GWR tilt wagon. This was an early broad gauge design with metal
supports for a canvas sheet (the tilt) so it looked a bit like a
covered wagon from a Western movie. This has different buffers at each
If anyone was going to post this it was going to be either me or Guy.
"Even in WW2 the wheels would have had different mileages and have
worn to different disameters. "
Very true but what about adding a new rim or just letting it roll. It
was wartime and the most important thing was getting from A to B !
To have two mis-matched wheels could be a talking point at shows etc
Aye. I don't know if the rattiness of 62 had its roots in 58. I don't
have enough pictures to really tell; I suspect the maintenance backlog
from the war was sufficient that a lot of places never caught up but I
have no sources for that opinion.