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Few rail-borne vehicles can be uglier and less interesting than 450 class NIR sets, or those navy and green railcars in Drogheda, but here's one;

 

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And here it is in its natural habitat. These pictures were all taken during the very last beet campaign - maybe someone can mention the exact year, as I didn't make a note of the dates I took them. Must have been about 06?

 

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If this one is upside down, mind your feet as the beet will spill out.

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And this oddball: a one-off container to fit on a standard flat wagon. Only one was made and I believe it was only used in the last two "campaigns". While it is a detachable container, it's been given the same number as the wagon.

 

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Few rail-borne vehicles can be uglier and less interesting than 450 class NIR sets, or those navy and green railcars in Drogheda, but here's one;

 

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Some folk music from what appears to be your current location, JB...

 

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Speaking of ugly vehicles, I think the Belmond butchered mk3 observation carriage will even make a castle class look pleasing to the eye

 

Absolutely.

 

The reason it has been given a window so small is the design of the body. The inclusion of a proper observation-car-sized all round window would weaken the structure beyond acceptable H & S limits, which is why it's been done the way it is.

 

With such design issues, it is reminiscent of the inherent design weaknesses in Mk 2 non-a/c stock, which results in these being prone to rusting more than other vehicles of their age. It's a real pity that more Cravens didn't survive - they have always appeared to be a much better carriage design than anything BR(EL) ever produced.

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