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Modelling wooden bodied tank wagons

Wooden bodied tanks, and tanks contained in an outer wooden shell, were more common than you might imagine these were used for low-value corrosive cargo such as tars and also for chemicals that would attack metal such as iron chloride.

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This tank wagon carried compressed chlorine gas in a pressurised tank inside the wooden body. Chlorine is very dangerous stuff (it was used in World War One as a war gas), the wooden tank was intended to capture any leakage to protect railway staff. The post war type, lacking the wooden outer body, is discussed in Section K. I was not able to confirm the livery for this wagon so my model has been sold to a gas works, the filling dome inside the hatch has been replaced with a liquid rather than compressed gas type and it is used to carry naphtha.

Sketch of model

Sketch of model

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