South Hetton Colliery chaldron wagon

Made:
1845-1855

Chaldron wagon, South Hetton Colliery, 4-sided bucket design, wooden with metal wheels, painted black, with "1155 SH 2.18" picked out in white.

A ‘chaldron’ is an archaic term for a measure of coal; this measure varied regionally, but in the North East was 53cwt. ‘Chaldron Waggon’ as a name therefore has its origins in the North East coal industry. They were the first form of rail vehicle on the above ground coal railways and developed from the pre-railway coal wain.

Well into the 20th Century, waggon / wagon remained a regional spelling difference, with two ‘g’s in Scotland and the North, one ‘g’ in the Midlands and below.

Details

Category:
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Object Number:
1975-7052
Materials:
metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
type:
railway wagon
taxonomy:
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicle
  • rolling stock
  • coal wagon
  • coal hopper wagon
credit:
British Rail, Historical Relics
status:
Permanent collection

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