R.344E Track Cleaning Car - green with grey roof - T.R.9372
UK Export Issue
This Track Cleaning Car is exactly the same as the standard UK R.344 'PERMANENT WAY DEPT' model. The 'E' suffix identifies the model as being for export only.
The reason for this is that the cleaning fluid supplied in the box with the model was carbon tetrachloride which had been banned for public use in the UK and the existing stocks of the model had to be withdrawn from sale. However, there was no reason why these stocks of models should not be supplied to overseas markets, including Canada. So, the remaining models were steadily disposed of over the next four or five years.
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