This is a representation of the sort of privately owned wagon which would have been a common sight on the MSLR. Thomas Moy was a coal merchant based in Colchester with coal grounds at many stations in eastern England. Moy’s operated coal depots at several Mid-Suffolk stations.
The words “Empty to Toton Sidings” on the side of the wagon means it was to be sent to the East Midlands to be loaded with coal from collieries in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire coalfields. Although not authentic for this type of wagon it is fitted with automatic brakes so it can run in passenger trains.
LNER short wheelbase brake van No. 157877
This vehicle, also known as a Toad B brake van, arrived on-site in 1995 having been damaged in a fire started by vandals just days before. It entered traffic on the MSLR in 1999 and has been used every year since, first in passenger trains and in recent years more often as part of a demonstration goods train.
It is fitted with automatic brakes which, although not authentic, give it extra operational flexibility. Similar brake vans would have run on the MSLR from the time it was absorbed into the LNER until closure.
GER fitted ventilated van
This vehicle wears a special GER livery with red end panels on each side to show it is fitted with automatic brakes. This would have allowed it to run in fast goods or passenger trains and it can sometimes be seen in the latter on the MSLR. Being a ventilated van means it is suitable for carrying perishable goods.
GER 5-plank No. 28601
Another vehicle that would have been common across the MSLR, this 5-plank wagon was originally built in 1902 and restored by ‘Middy’ volunteers. In commercial service it would have carried all manner of general merchandise up to a maximum load of 10 tons.
LNER 7-plank No. 5043
This was originally a GER 7-plank wagon but was rebuilt from a derelict condition as a later LNER example. The letter ‘N’ in each corner marks it as a non-common user vehicle meaning if it ended up on another company’s railway it would have to be returned to the LNER at the next available opportunity.