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Pack of 3 7 plank open wagons lettered PLA for Port of London Authority being produced by Golden Valley Hobbies as a companion to their Janus diesel shunter model. Each wagon will have a different number.
The standard 12 Ton Mineral wagon was the most numerous design of coal wagons built in the UK after 1923. Designed to RCH specifications (Railway Clearing House) this most ubiquitous of wagons had a universal length of 16'6" with a width of 8'0" and wheelbase of 9'0". These wagons were of a simple design and employed standard RCH fittings throughout and were originally built as the Oxford Rail model depicts with seven side planks, making an overall body height of 4' 4".The Oxford Rail Standard RCH 12 Ton Mineral wagon boasts finely engraved body and underframe detail plus NEM couplings.
The Staveley coal and iron company is quite well know, this wagon recalls another part of the business core to the production of high quality metals, being marked for the carriage of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide).
Model of 7 plank open coal wagon 251 owned Phillips, George and company who operated depots in Cardiff, Aberdare and Swansea.
The livery of the wagons was particularly attractive in the early years, featuring a monogram on the side door formed from the company initials. Wagon number 3000 was one of a larger order placed with the Gloucester RCW and supplied in December 1911.
A model of an open wagon operated by the Tollemache Pulverised Coal Company and fitted with a ridged cover to ensure the powder product is not lost in transit. Pulverised coal could be made to behave much like a fluid, so could be pumped and sprayed into a furnace, allowing a very high rate of steam generation to be achieved. This system is still used in large coal-fired powerstations.
A nicely detailed model of a 5 plank open wagons as owned by David Parsons & Son, proprietors of the Stour colliery and brickworks at Cradley Heath.
Era 3. 1923-1947
A detailed model of a 7 plank private owner open wagon with end door operated by the Tredegar colliery company. Wagon supplied complete with a load.Era 3. 1923-1947
Although clearly lettered to advertise Ketton Cement this 8-plank open wagon was actually operated by well-known Sheffield coal factors Thos W Ward, whose name and TWW marks also appear on the wagon. It is most likely that this wagon was operated on a contract to supply coal for the Ketton cement companies' kilns, justifying the repainting of the wagon into the customers' colours.
The small station of Cam on the Dursley branch was situated to one side of a road crossing between the road and the large Cam woollen mill. On the opposite side of the road to the station platform was a 'public siding' which served the towns' merchants, including coal merchant Mr Thomas.This model replicates Mr. Thomas' wagons painted in a black livery with white lettering. Wagon with weathered finish.
Oxford Rail appear to have choosen the North British Railway 'Jubilee' design coal wagon with its distinctive heavily braced end door as the prototype for their 4 plank wagon.This model is finished as wagon 127 in the fleet of Wilsons & Clyde of Netherburn, one of a number of coal
companies purchasing these robustly built wagons.
Oxford Rail appear to have choosen the North British Railway 'Jubilee' design coal wagon with its distinctive heavily braced end door as the prototype for their 4 plank wagon.This model is finished as Hamilton Palace Colliery wagon 153, one of a number of colliery owned wagons built to the robust Jubilee design.
Oxford Rail have choosen the North British Railway 'Jubilee' design
coal wagon with its distinctive heavily braced end door as the prototype for their 4 plank wagon.The diminutive North British 4 plank coal wagon is presented in United Collieries, Glasgow company colours. Wagon No 6439. Model features fine moulded detail and NEM Coupling pockets.
Oxford Rail have choosen the North British Railway 'Jubilee' design coal wagon with its distinctive heavily braced end door as the prototype for their 4 plank wagon.
The LNER constructed a slightly larger 6 plank bodied open wagon for general merchandise service, in place of the 5 plank body favoured by LMS and GWR companies. The LNER design used the RCH wood chassis far longer than the other companies who changed to the stronger steel frame design, resulting in the LNER wagons being quite easily identifyable. This model from Oxford Rail provides modellers with a good and detailed model of these LNER wagons for the first time.
Richard White had a number of eye-catching liveries on his wagons, including 109 painted in bright blue with the company title in a 'hump' form, increasing in letter size over the door.
These wagons show evidence of some hard service in minerals traffic and various bodywork repairs.
Bananas required a special type of box van with insulation to avoid changes in temperature during transit. These vans often ran as block trains at express goods speed, sometimes even hauled by an express passenger locomotive, to ensure the fruit was delivered promptly to market, fresh off the ships!
The Minera lime company operated a fleet of these covered wagons. The peaked roof of these wagons was quite distinctive and cupboard doors are fitted in place of the usual drop-down door used on an open wagon.
Lime is used by farmers to adjust the acidity of soils to provide the best possible balance for the crop they intend to grow, so lime wagons would have been seen visiting many small goods yards across Britain withÂ deliveries for estate farms and local agricultral supply businesses.
A very neat model of the covered lime wagon from Dapol with good side and roof door detail. This model is in the pale yellow livery of Crawshay Brothers and will be equiped with the new Dapol NEM coupler pockets along with a new running number.The Crawshay family had business interests in a range of companies and activities relating to the iron production, coal and mineral extraction in South Wales and the Forest of Dean. Their wagons carried the produce of their mines and quarries to customers across Britain.
A very neat model of the covered lime wagon from Dapol with good side and roof door detail.
Model of a covered salt van in the livery of Salt Union a Cheshire based producer.
Featuring the distinctive peaked roof these vans were built to provide weather protection for cargo likely to be damaged by rain.
Star Salt of Chester operated this bark red painted van, with their name displayed in yellow lettering to advertise their brand and products to passengers as their wagons travelled the rail network.
The Cadbury company set up a modern chocolate factory at Bournville, Birmingham. To feed the furnaces the company invested in a small fleet of hopper wagons, greatly simplifying the emptying of wagons on arrival.This model is painted in the companys' usual light blue colour with yellow lettering.
A 4-plank open wagon painted in the red livery of B W company.This wagon is marked for return to Radstock on the Somerset and Dorset railway.
Model of a 5 plank open wagon painted in the red livery of Harry Whitehouse of Stourport, a supplier of the fine sand used to create moulds for producing metal castings. This wagon is supplied with a sand load.
A neatly detailed 5-plank open wagon in the slate grey livery of the Cliffe Hill Granite Co. based in Markfield, near Leicester. The company painted it's wagons to advertise their products to the travelling public. This wagon carries an advert for paving stone, one of many uses for the hard wearing granite and details of the company's agents in Mirfield.
Dapol have produced a stone load to represent granite quarried by the Cliffe Hill company.
5 plank open coal wagon in the livery of the Minera Lime company.Lime manufacture required supplies of limestone and coal to fire the kilns. As local supplies were used up raw material had to be sourced from quarries and collieries farther away and several lime companies owned a small fleet of open wagons to ensure the kilns were kept running.
Featuring all new tooling including a 9-feet wheelbase wood frame style chassis this wagon carries the red livery of Stevens &Co. a large firm of coal merchants and factors based in Oxford.
Stevens were a large firm who grew their business by taking over locations and business from other coal merchants as they wished to sell up or retire. The company operated from locations all across the Midlands and home counties, having several depots in Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.
A model of a 5-plank open coal wagon in the livery of Bognor coal merchant E A Robinson.Model features a new bodyshell mounted on the new Dapol wood solebar 9-feet wheelbase chassis.
This model features the new Dapol 7-plank open wagon body with fixed ends and 9-feet wheelbase chassis incorporating NEM coupler mounting pockets.
This model replicates wagon 17 in the fleet of Somerset coal merchant Small & Son. This was a family concern which grew to deal in farm produce and supplies as well as coal, describing their business as coal, corn, forage & lime merchants. Depots were operated in Taunton, Tiverton Junction, Thornfalcon (Chard branch) and Norton (Fitzwarren), serving the rural and aggricultral communities of West Somerset and North Devon.
A large coal factor company, Lowell Baldwin of Bristol supplied coal to many industrial consumers, justifying the purchase of these large capacity wagons. The higher capacity were ideal wagons for delivering coal for the boilers of many industries and town gas plant, where large quantities of coal were required daily.20-ton capacity coal wagons became more popular in the 1930's, as the railway companies offered a better rate per ton for coal haulage in these larger wagons. The railway company gained in efficiency, moving fewer wagons needed less locomtoive power and less shunting to deliver the same weight of coal loaded in older 10-ton wagons. To assist with unloading these high-capacity wagons two doors were fitted in each side, plus end and often four bottom hatch doors.
Model finished in the red livery of the Leamington Priors Gas Company whose works was situated adjacent to the Grand Union canal in Leamington Spa.
The Oxford Rail Standard RCH 12 Ton Mineral wagon boasts finely engraved body and underframe detail plus NEM couplings.Model finished in the red livery of E Welford & Son, coal merchants of Oxford.
Coke burns at a higher temperature than basic coal, so is the preferred fuel for iron and steel making.