Chaldron wagon, Stockton & Darlington Railway

Made:
1815-1825 in Darlington
maker:
Darlington Wagon & Engineering Company

Chaldron wagon, Stockton & Darlington Railway, tare weight 1-18-3, two wheels marked 'Darlington Wagon & Engineering Co.' and one wheel 'Blaydon'.

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:
1979-7004
type:
railway wagon
taxonomy:
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicle
  • rolling stock
  • coal wagon
  • coal hopper wagon
credit:
British Rail, Historical Relics