This kit represents the Hull & Barnsley Railway’s first design of goods van. Thirty were built by Brown Marshall & Co in 1885, ready for the opening of the line. They were fitted with twin shoe single sided brake gear, which would have been changed to each side twin shoe in later years as the Board of Trade regulations changed.
A further batch of 25 was built by Stableford’s in 1888, but these were fitted with single sided “Scotch” brake gear. Use 51L’s HBRC003 levers and HBRC004 shoes if you wish to model a wagon from this batch. Again, the brake would later have been fitted to both sides to conform to the new regulations.
Between 1902 and 1920, wagons from both batches were rebuilt to diagram 18, which featured a taller and wider body.
All 55 vans probably passed via the NER to the LNER in 1923, but all had been withdrawn by the end of 1940.