Pre Grouping Railway Company Wagons

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Here are two Cambrian Railway 3 plank wagons. They were used to carry anything that didn't matter if it got wet. The main use of these wagons appears to be for carrying slate from North Wales all over the country. They have been built from 51L kits. The left hand wagon is a drop side and has been built straight from the kit. The right hand wagon has been modified to represent a wagon that had the sides fixed. Note that corner plates have been added and the door hinges removed. Both wagons have been lettered using transfers supplied by Dragon models.

Here are two Rhymney Railway wagons. The van is built from a brass kit now sold by London Road Models. It represents the last design of van built by the Rhymney Railway from about 1910 to 1922. It is unusual in that it has two pairs of doors per side, most only had one pair. The open was built by the Great Western Railway in 1921 for the Rhymney Railway. It was to a standard GWR design, diagram O18. It is made from an old Kirk kit, which is hard to find these days. Opens like this were used to carry general merchandise such as timber, carboys or hay, which did not need to be kept dry. These wagons were not used for coal or minerals.

Like the Rhymney van above, the Taff Vale Van is built from a brass kit also now sold by London Road Models. The Barry Railway Goods Brake Van is built from a Redcraft kit. The kit was designed for 7mm and therefore needs a few little adjustments as it is built to ensure it goes together well. I have replaced the buffers and axleboxes supplied as the kit supplies GWR fittings. It is the first of several of these GBV's I intend to build. After all the Barry only had two designs of Goods Brake Van. This version tared at around 8 to 10 tons, and a larger 6 wheeled version which tared at 20 tons. I suspect that these lightweight versions were as useful as leaves on the line when it came to stopping a train load of coal!