Seaham Harbour chaldron wagon

Made:
1865-1875

Chaldron wagon, Seaham Harbour Tramway, Owned by Marquis of Londonderry (Vane-Tempest, George) from Seaham Harbour c.1870. No.31, wooden bucket design, painted black with "32 L 2.13.0" 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.

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Details

Category:
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Object Number:
1975-7055
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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