VTG Rail and W H Davis sign deal for ‘shorty’ HYA aggregates wagon fleet

Following the reduction in length of coal hopper No. 371051 earlier this year for aggregates traffic, VTG has ordered a further 24 conversions for GB Railfreight.

GB Railfreight wagons are usually very well turned out, but the bodyside of ‘shorty’ HYA No. 371064 – pictured at Shirebook on July 22 – is covered in a mish-mash of different vinyls, including GBRf and Tarmac brandings looking rather awkward on stark white backgrounds. Of particular interest is the use of the Davis logo near the handwheel. The number of hopper bays has been reduced from three to two. Derek Wilson
GB Railfreight wagons are usually very well turned out, but the bodyside of ‘shorty’ HYA No. 371064 – pictured at Shirebook on July 22 – is covered in a mish-mash of different vinyls, including GBRf and Tarmac brandings looking rather awkward on stark white backgrounds. Of particular interest is the use of the Davis logo near the handwheel. The number of hopper bays has been reduced from three to two. Derek Wilson

The fallout from the huge downturn in coal traffic on Britain’s railways continues, but this has coincided with a major upturn in demand for aggregates wagons.

Network Rail is predicting that the rail movement of aggregates, cement and spoil traffic will grow by approximately 22% between 2013 and 2033, while the Mineral Products Association’s outlook predicts that the UK’s requirement for aggregates will rise from 218 million tonnes a year in 2014 to 292 million tonnes in 2030.

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