The Wessex Wagons enterprise is run by Bruce and Helen Harding, and our son Julian. We are based in the West Somerset village of Stogumber close to the West Somerset Railway. Wessex Wagons has been trading since 2004.
Bruce has a Masters degree in Industrial History (= qualified 'anorak'!), and 15 years of heritage experience on the canals with British Waterways. He is now a cartographer in Taunton, and a founder of the Exmoor Coast Railway Modellers. He struggles to find time for Airfix modelling, cycling, model railways [00-gauge, West of England, pre-1923], pub quizzing, DIY, and classic airliners, and wishes he had opportunities to fettle and operate his 22' steam-powered launch (pictured). Helen is a housewife, fine-art painter (oils and pastels, usually seascapes, buildings or still-life), dinghy sailor (Comet Mino, Comet Trio), administrator, and gardener. Julian, currently studying towards a M.Sc in Advanced Engineering Design at Plymouth University, is enthusiastic about Airfix modelling, dinghy sailing (Streaker), Scouts, trumpet-playing and, of course, model railways [N-gauge, Santa Fe]!
We always endeavour to base our releases on original research. Most are completely authentic, subject only to the skills of the manufacturer’s art-work specialists. The remainder are bespoke, tailored to display a livery based on period designs for a genuine trader or organisation. All are Limited Editions, and come with certificates. All are available for only limited periods, whilst stocks remain and, excepting our joint-venture releases, are only available through ourselves, although we do occasionally supply our village shop and specific railway-based interests.
We commission our wagons from Dapol Ltd, a leading manufacturer of model railway rolling stock and line-side accessories. Currently all of the wagons we produce are 00 gauge (1:76 scale). Dapol wagons are made in England.