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7-plank fixed-end open wagon PENNINE WAGONS LIMITED EDITIONS

PW017 British Insulated & Helsby Cables Ltd
7-plank fixed-end open wagon
Maroon with white lettering shaded black.


The railways were born in the Industrial Revolution of the early nineteenth century, harnessing cutting-age technology to bring the age-old dream of rapid transport into reality. They served industries old and new, and one of the newest and most high-tech industries of the Victorian era was based on the new-found scientific understanding of electricity. It turned out that this mysterious force of nature could be tamed and harnessed, and used to power all kinds of clever devices and machines. And cleverest of all was the electric telegraph, which could transmit messages along metal wires in an instant. Making metal cables became big business, and one of the pioneers in the UK was the British Insulated Wire Company with their ground-breaking engineer Sebastian de Ferranti. They set up shop in 1890 in the Lancashire town of Prescot, on the LNWR's line from Liverpool to Wigan, and built a factory just across the road from the railway station. Business boomed, and in 1902 they merged with the Telegraph Manufacturing Company from Helsby, a few miles away on the other side of the River Mersey. The new venture was given the snappy title of British Insulated & Helsby Cables, and over the next few decades it went from strength to strength. By the mid-1920s the Prescot factory employed 4,000 men, and their cables were exported all over the world. The factory boilers and smelters would have needed prodigious quantities of coal to keep them blazing away, and the company brought it from pit to furnace in a fleet of smart maroon wagons with their name writ large on the side. The good times couldn't last, however, and in 1945 the company merged with Callenders Cables of Kent to form BICC. The Prescot factory, once the biggest cable works in the world, closed in 2006, and BICC themselves are no more. But you can bring back the heyday of the cable industry on your layout with our British Insulated & Helsby Cables wagon. Please note that a wagon load is not included.

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