Current Products

Seventeen Limited Edition 00 gauge model railway wagons are currently available, including variations. All models are based on original research and come complete with a Limited Edition certificate. They are compatible with other 00 gauge rolling stock produced by Hornby, Bachmann and others. Models have weighted finely moulded plastic bodies, run on spoked metal wheels and are fitted with detachable tension lock couplings (all the current wagons have slim-line couplings in standard NEM pockets). Each wagon is boxed separately with a clear plastic insert ensuring easy viewing and safe handling. These are ready-to-run models and are ideal for operating or for display purposes. Each is an authentic model and a collectable item.

Authenticity: We sell ‘history on wheels’. With our Industrial History backgrounds, we always strive to make the appearance of our model wagons match the original photographs or drawings as closely as possible. We try not to simplify designs. All our wagons are ‘Authentic’ unless we specifically declare them a 'Variation on Authenticor ‘tailored, based on other historic evidence’. Feedback is always welcome, as are further details about wagons past and present, and ideas for future releases.

No.375. G Small & Son, Coal Merchants & General Agent, of Taunton, Tiverton, Thorne[falcon], et al, MR-style vent van. No.44

Light grey body, White lettering, black details.
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uitable: GWR, LSWR, SR, others

Variation on Authentic; original was open wagon

Born in 1850, the son of a stonemason, George Small started work as a ‘mason’s boy’ in 1861, implying he had a limited education! By 1890 he ran his own building enterprise, later buying a coal business - unusual for a builder. Described as a Coal and Corn merchant in 1901, Kelly’s lists two depots in Taunton and ten in local villages. Between 1892 and 1911, Small & Co. bought over 40 new wagons, a substantial fleet for the time.

£14.00 each

 

No.373. W.E. Turner, Coal Merchant, of Chard, 5-plank, 9' wheelbase wagon, No.11

Medium grey body, White lettering, shaded black.
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uitable: B&E Rly, GWR, LSWR, others

Authentic

William Turner moved to Chard in the 1840’s and dealt in corn, seed and coal, with premises at Fulham Wharf (Chard Canal) and Fore Street, Chard. With the opening of the two branch lines to Chard (GWR from Taunton, LSWR from Chard Junction) in 1866, his son, Edward Turner, developed the railway-based business. Subsequently his eldest son established the firm as William Edward Turner & Co. Evidence suggests  W.E. Turner had at least four wagons.

£13.00 each

 

 

 

 

No.335 Sir John Jackson, Contractor, 4-plank wagon No.294 with mud load

Light grey body, White lettering, shaded black. Ex works
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uitable: Military dockyards, railway construction sites, others

Authentic

John Jackson was apprenticed to Newcastle engineer William Boyd, 1866 to 1868, before studying civil engineering at Edinburgh. His first major contract was to build Stobcross docks in Glasgow in 1876. His most outstanding work was the Manchester Ship Canal, 1894-95, for which he was knighted by Queen Victoria; his company was renamed accordingly. Subsequently he constructed the Keyham Yard extension at Devonport Royal Dockyard, 1896-1907 [where this wagon was photographed], a railway from Arica - La Paz rising 14,500’ across the Andes, 1909, and numerous other major harbour projects across the globe.

Last few, less than 5 wagons remaining

£11.00 each

 

No.344 F.J.Moore of Plymouth, 5-plank wagon with Authentic stone load, No.48 (No.38 illustrated)

Dark Red body, white lettering, shaded black  
Suitable: GWR, LSWR, SR

Authentic 

F.J.Moore became the major quarry operators in the Plymouth area in the late 1880’s, with quarries at Cattedown, Prince Rock, Pomphlett, Radford, Billacombe, Elburton, Hooe and Moorcroft. The stone was important for buildings and roadways, as railway ballast, and was even shipped from Radford Quarry across to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the late C19th and early C20th. This example is almost identical to wagon No.38, which was photographed at Moorcroft Quarry in the 1920s.

This wagon comes with an Authentic load of Moorcroft Quarry limestone, supplied by ATTWOOD AGGREGATES                                    

Low Stock

£13.00 each

 

377. Blue Circle Cement (Isle of Wight-based), 5-plank, 9' wheelbase wagon, No.33

Sunshire Yellow wagon, black lettering, with signature blue and white logo   
Suitable: Isle of Wight Railways, others

Authentic

Used almost exclusively between the chalk pits at Shide and the cement works on the River Medina near Newport, Blue Circle had a fleet of 30 4-plank and 5 5-plank wagons on the Isle of Wight. They were worked hard, usually by 0-6-0T Terriers, hauling around 50,000 tons of chalk each month, from around 1920 until 1944. It is believed this was the only location where Blue Circle operated open wagons outside their quarries and works, on a ‘main’ line.

£13.00 each

 

No.349    EPPS’S Cocoa, GWR-style vent van. No.9

Navy Blue body, white lettering.   
Suitable: LB&SCR, L&SWR, SR, GWR, also others.

Tailored based on historic documents

Dr John Epps (1805 – 1869), was one of the pioneers of homeopathy in Britain. Dr John Epps was not the first person to invent soluble cocoa powder, but he discovered a way to make it more appetising, mixing the cocoa with 20% West Indies arrowroot and 13% sugar. His brother James Epps, a London merchant, was largely responsible for presenting the product to the mass market; He heavily advertised Epps’ Cocoa, and by 1855 had coined a distinctive slogan, “grateful and comforting”. Epps’ cocoa was first sold from 1839 for the use of patients for whom tea and coffee were restricted. The almost prohibitive duty on cocoa had been greatly reduced in 1832, allowing the market to grow exponentially. Epps’ Cocoa was initially produced under contract by instant cocoa powder pioneer, Daniel Dunn of Pentonville Road. Epps established his own factory at 398 Euston Road, London in 1863, with a new steam-powered works established at Blackfriars in 1878. Epps was the largest cocoa powder producer in Britain, with an output of nearly five million pounds a year. At its peak the firm processed half of all cocoa imports into Britain. Epps Cocoa later becoming ubiquitous on stations across the country in the form of blue and white enamel signs.

Last Few - less than 5 wagons remaining

£13.50 each

 

No.397 Royal Navy Dockyards, Senior Naval Stores Officer (S.N.S.O.), rectangular tank wagon No.467

Dark Navy Blue, white lettering.   
Suitable: Military Dockyard railways , perhaps others

Variation based on open wagon examples

Within each Royal Navy Dockyard, the Senior Naval Stores Officer (S.N.S.O.) was responsible for most of the non-armament stores for use within the Dockyard and for supplies to the ships based there. The Portsmouth Royal Dockyard and the Devonport Dockyard both had extensive internal railway networks, and both were linked to the national railway system. This wagon is based on open wagon examples; the running number reflects an un-attributed allocation at Devonport, although it is suitable for the Royal Dockyard at Portsmouth and other RN dockyard locations.

£15.00 each

 

No.357 D.R.Llewellyn, Merrett & Price (London) Ltd, Coal Factors of London and Southampton, 8-plank wagon No.A4520

Black body, white lettering.   
Suitable: GWR, LSWR, SR, LMS, other railways across Southern England and in South Wales

Authentic  

This business was established in the 1890's, combining the assets of, amoungst others, D.R.Llewellyn & Sons Ltd. and H.H.Merrett, t/a Merrett Brothers of Cardiff. Sir David Llewellyn, Bt., was a major colliery owner and a substantial shareholder of GKN (originally Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds of Heath Green, Birmingham, but later becoming a major investor in the South Wales coal industry). They traded as Colliery Agents, Coal Factors, and Ship Owners with several dozen vessels. In 1927 they joined L.Gueret & Co. to become pioneers of a co-operative selling system for all South Wales coal producers. Gueret, Llewellyn & Price Ltd traded through into the 1950's.   

£12.50 each

 

No.355 Liverpool, Bristol & Hayle Steamship Co, Road/rail shipping container No.18 and G.W.R conflat No.39702

Black body, silver-white lettering.   
Suitable: GWR, LSWR, SR, LMS, other railways in NW England and in Wales

Authentic  

The Liverpool Bristol & Hayle Steamship Co established a steam ship servic between Liverpool, Milford (Haven), Swansea, Bristol and Cornwall in the early 1850's. Besides passengers in cabins or on deck, the TROUBADOUR, the BLARNEY, and the HELLAU offered a regular route for cargo. This container was noted on a Foden Steam lorry, probably in Shrewsbury (pre-delivery) or Hayle, around 1900 .   

Last Few - less than 5 wagons remaining

£18.00 each

 

No.395 Ushers Wiltshire Brewery, of Trowbridge, MR-style Vent Van No.10

Dark Red Body, gold and black lettering, white detail, crest on door.   
Suitable: GWR, maybe LSWR, SR, S&DJR, perhaps others

Tailored based on historic documents

In 1824, Thomas Usher and his wife Hannah acquired a small brewery in Back Street, Trowbridge. Their three sons took the business forward after 1869, later acquiring brewers Fanshaw & Palmer of Donnington, Berks, under the umbrella name of Usher's Wiltshire Brewery Ltd. A further 15 independent breweries and their associated public houses joined the partnership before 1939. The apostrophe was deleted from the company name in 1951. In 1960, the business became part of the Watney Mann / Grand Metropolitan empire; brewing at the Wiltshire Brewery eventually ceased in 2000. Today, beers are brewed under the Ushers name by the Wychwood Brewery.           

£15.00 each

 

No.378      Longmoor Military Railway, rectangular tank wagon [rectank] No.701

Khaki green body, white lettering.   
Suitable: Military Railways, maybe others

Variation on Authentic; original was open wagon  

For sixty years the British Army operated a railway dedicated to training soldiers to operate a complete strategic rail supply system. Located on somewhat boggy heathland between Bordon and Liss, on the Hampshire-Sussex border, the facility was initially called the Woolmer Instructional Military Railway (W.I.M.R.). It developed, both in its purpose and its geography, becoming the Longmoor Military Railway (L.M.R) in 1935. It played an a pivotal role in training soldiers and officers to understand the complex and inter-related aspects of railway construction, engineering, repair, operations, traffic, and management, all from a military viewpoint.      

£15.00 each

 

No.396 United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), MR-style Vent Van No.1

Charcoal black Body with cream roof, white lettering, motif on door.   
Suitable: GWR, probably all other railways, Military Dockyard Railways

Tailored based on historic documents

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) was established in 1795 to produce nautical charts for the Royal Navy, at a time when more vessels were lost to poor navigation than to enemy action. Initially based at the Admiralty offices in central London, printing operations eventually moved to Cricklewood and cartographic work transferred to Feltham. The printing operations relocated to Taunton in 1938, in the build-up to WWII. The purpose-built factory (which still has traces of wartime camouflage) included a long loading bay designed to accommodate a potential siding from the nearby GWR main line, although the connection was never constructed. The remaining cartographic work centralised to Taunton in 1968. Today UKHO is the world’s largest producer of official paper and electronic charts; over 90% of international shipping uses UKHO products.

£15.00 each

 

384. E. Baily & Son Ltd. of Frome, Southampton, Bristol, et al, Maltsters, Bulk Grain Hopper No.18

Black body, white lettering, light grey roof
Suitable: SR, GWR, S&DJR, others

Variation on Authentic; original was open wagon

E Baily & Son were maltsters, based at Frome, with private sidings to the Station Maltings. They had other substantial maltings across the West Country, including Southampton (in the Western Docks), Warminster, Portishead and Avonmouth. This wagon could have been used for inbound grain from west country ports, or maybe for delivering malted grain to the many large breweries in the region

£15.00 each

 

385. G.W. Loco Department, Rectangular drinking water tanker No.26

off-white body, maroon lettering
Suitable: GWR, maybe others

Authentic

G.W. Camp Coaches were often positioned on remote, un-serviced sidings. The sister to this tank wagon was photographed with a Camp Coach at Powerstock, on the Bridport Branch in Dorset, in 1938. With no mains water supply, the tank wagon provided water for all purposes, although another source suggests water for drinking for the station and the residents came in daily in churns by passenger tran from Maiden Newton. Other Camp Coaches are know to have been serviced by dedicated 6-wheel water tankers based on the ubiquitous G.W 6-wheel milk tankers. All such examples of both tankers were assigned to the Loco Department, as they were also used for locomotive operations.

£15.00 each

 

No.381      Herbert Rigler of Bournemouth Central, Coal Merchant, 5-plank wagon on 9’ wheelbase wagon with coal load, No.106

Dark red body, white lettering shaded black.   
Suitable: LSWR, SR, S&DJR, probably GWR, others

Authentic

Herbert Rigler senior established himself in 1879, possibly aged 14, as a coal, coke and firewood, corn, hay and straw merchant and contractor. He soon had premises at 136 (later re-numbered as 358) Wimborne Road, Winton. His eldest son, Herbert Thomas Rigler, emigrated to Australia in 1908 , after family arguments, and was subsequently killed on the Somme in 1916. His younger brother, Alfred Rigler, took over the business in 1924, which soon amalgamated with (was taken over by?) Bradford & Sons Ltd, Coal Factors of Yeovil.  

£13.00 each

 

No.386 W.Jewell of Exeter.
5-plank wagon with coal load on 9’ wheelbase, No.2

Chocolate Brown body, white lettering shaded black,
Suitable:
GWR, LSWR, SR, others

Authentic 

William Jewell entered the coal trade with seemingly no previous connection to the industry. Born in Dawlish in 1873 he worked as a lath renderer and mason’s labourer before changing occupation. By 1904 he was trading in coal from Queen Street Station, Exeter (today Exeter Central). He purchased two 8-ton wagons from Gloucester RC&WCo., both registered by the GWR. In 1911 William was living with his family in Tudor Street, Exeter, described as a coal merchant and employer. In that year he renewed the repair contracts on both wagons for a further 7 years. William may have died in 1914. The business subsequently appears to have been sold, possibly to a larger Exeter merchant such as Varwell Guest & Co. who may have helped him previously.

£13.00 each

 

West of England Chinastone & Clay Company. St Austell
5-plank wagon with authentic chinastone load, No.43.

Dark Grey body, white lettering, fine red shadow
Suitable:
GWR, maybe others

Authentic  

Chinastone is a medium grained, feldspar-rich partially kaolinised granite characterised by the absence of iron-bearing minerals. Its discovery in the mid-18th century was a crucial event in the development of the English porcelain industry. It is often used as a flux with much softer China Clays when making porcelain, and coatings for paper. West of England Chinastone & Clay Company eventually become part of English China Clays (ECC) in 1919, taken over by the French business, Imerys in 1999

This wagon comes with an Authentic load of Chinastone, supplied by ATTWOOD AGGREGATES  

£13.00 each

 

No.351. Robert Lush & Son of Tisbury, 7-plank wagon on 9' wheelbase, with coal load, No.3.

Red Oxide body, black and cream lettering,
Suitable:
L&SWR, SR, S&DJR, GW ,

Authentic  

Robert Lush was the local coal merchant at Tisbury in the later 19th Century, through until at least the 1930s. Tisbury is a modest rural station in South Wiltshire, built by the Salisbury & Yeovil Railway Co.. It opened in May 1859, with the main line being doubled in 1863. It included a goods yard with a refuge siding, two goods sidings and a loading bank on the up side, and a refuge siding and a coal siding serving three staiths, on the down side. This wagon was photographed, in company of several Ford Model T pick-ups, c.1925.

£12.50 each

 

Earlier wagons

Our Limited Edition wagons are exactly that: they are available for a limited period and when they are all sold, they cease to be available!

However, we do very occasionally have access to individual wagons which were previously 'sold out', perhaps when a regular customer has asked us to help them as they 'thin' their collection; we no longer keep a waiting list for specific wagons, instead when any are available they will be noted in Red on the HISTORY page with their prices.

There are a number of earlier wagons, plus a few similar wagons produced by other Limited Edition specialists, available today (27th November): they are listed on the HISTORY pages with their prices.

 

 

 


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