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Container usage

Postby RichD1 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:30 pm

When were containers introduced on the railways?


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Re: Container usage

Postby luckymucklebackit » Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:37 pm

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Re: Container usage

Postby Bigmet » Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:47 pm

Alternatively, predating the railway on the canals, and used on the railway from the Liverpool and Manchester onwards. Nothing new under the sun!

The first generally standardised railway containers were by the RCH in the 1920s, and widely adopted, eventually superseded by what developed into the ISO types in current use.

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Re: Container usage

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:48 pm

I suppose the idea goes back to the beginnings of organised freight conveyance. The LMS produced a fleet of dedicated container wagons around 1930, to carry a standardised container that could fit a 10' wagon. The idea of the stackable standardised container was patented in 1956, and the current range of international standardised containers was established from 1968 onwards.
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