The V-shaped cement hoppers found on British railways will soon be history as rail operators upgrade their fleet of wagons to more modern models.

Cement wagons

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Railfreight.

In May, it became known that Tarmac, a leader in the road and construction industries, as well as one of the largest rail freight customers in the UK, decided to abandon the further use of such cement hoppers.

Tarmac sent a V-car train from its factory in Scotland to an unloading station in Liverpool on its last run.

Cement wagons

V-shaped wagons are designed for unloading cargo under their own pressure and usually have a shortened wheelbase.


First built in the 1970s at British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) factories, they have become widespread throughout the British rail network, and their design has become classic and recognizable.

Most often they are used for the transportation of cement, as well as the transportation of all types of dry chemical and powder industrial goods.

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