NEW RAILWAY CONTAINER.
The Great Western Railway Company, London, recently introduced a new type of container, designed principally for the building and kindled trades, and carrying traffic in units that can be manoeuvred easily in a confined space. Its external dimensions are 7ft 4in by 4ft 4½in, the height being 1ft. 6½in, while the internal measurements are 7ft by 4ft by 1ft 3in, with a capacity of 1 ton 10cwt and a tare weight of 6cwt. This container has proved most successful for the carriage of bricks, tiles, slates, stonework, etc. The great advantage it offers is that it can be loaded by by the sender on his own premises, conveyed by express freight train to its destination, delivered to the site, and, if necessary, raised by crane to the scaffold, without the contents being disturbed in any way, thus reducing the transit time, the cost of handling on the site, and the risk of damage to the contents. The company has now 100 of these containers in use.