Sunday 22 March 2015

On the TTAs from RY Pickering & Co

The TTA wagons, which I took the picture of recently, were rather intriguing since they looked modern enough yet the frames were riveted, and looked rather "older". That in the picture is ESSO 56038.

Looking into the history of these wagons, finds that 282 wagons were built, as TTVs, the first 200 by Pickering in 1964 (or 1965), so are 50 years old. In the 1980s the suspension was rebuilt, and conversion  was made to TTA with air brakes.

R Y Pickering & Co. of Wishaw (1864 - c1987)

Links: one two three four five five six map air photo (the adjacent station to Pickering's works was Wishaw South, on the WCML, closed 15th September 1958).