Brake Vans, Horseboxes and Wagons

Brake vans, cattle trucks and vans

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L&NWR D16 four wheel 10T brake van.
This is an update of the kit previously supplied by D&S Models. New moulds have been produced from the D&S patterns to manufacture the cast whitemetal body components to a high standard. The etched components are entirely new. These are now in nickel silver and include an etched floor/w-iron unit with compensation. Other improvements include stronger footboard supports to withstand handling, etched truss rods and veranda partition. Wheels and couplings are required to complete the kit.
LNWR D14 Deal Wagon
This long wheelbase timber wagon was built in large numbers for transporting timber. They continued in regular use through the LMS and a few lasted well into BR days. The timber was chained down during transit and the model includes the chain storage pockets set into the planked floor.
The kit features cast sides and ends, with etched N/S planked floor and running gear. It can be built with a several brake gear options, while the underframe incorporates compensation.
LNWRD12 LNWR D12 timber wagon
This single bolster dumb buffer wagon was built in large quantities from 1870, with over 1400 passing into LMS ownership. Conversion to sprung buffers began in 1913, when they were fitted with the self contained RCH type. Originally fitted with direct action wooden brake blocks on one side, these were later replaced with a push rod single iron brake shoe. Subsequently some were equipped with double brakes, when converted to sprung buffers. The kit caters for the earlier two variants.
The kit consists of a resin cast wagon body, with nickel silver etched underframe and cast white metal and brass fittings. Split spoke wagon wheels and couplings are not included, although the kit includes brass pinpoint bearings and etched coupling hooks. The nickel silver underframe can be assembled with rigid or compensated axles, or the “Prickly Pear” system.
LNWD82 LNWR D82 Boiler bogie trolley wagon £35.00
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D96 TrolleyWagon
Built to carry boilers and other large, heavy loads, these bogie wagons were built from heavily riveted steel plate.The kit includes brass etches for the underframe and body, cast brass buffers, bogie supports, brake gear, etc. The rivet detail is partly raised etch detail and partly embossed etch.
LNWRD97 LNWR D97 Bogie platform trolley wagon £38.00
LNWRD105 LNWR D105 4 wheel trolley wagon £35.00
LNWRD106 LNWR D105 4 wheel Chemical pan wagon £35.00
LNWRD77A LNWR D77A Boiler bogie trolley Available soon
TVV TVR/GWR 10T Covered Goods Van
A number of 10 ton covered goods vans were built for the Taff Vale Railway by the Gloucester Carriage and Wagon Company in the 1890’s. They were built with 3′ 1″ eight split spoke wheels and brake shoes on one side only. However they had brake levers on both sides. They lasted to GWR ownership after the grouping and some were later sold into private ownership.Etched brass components for the body and chassis are provided in the kit. Detail parts are whitemetal with sprung buffers. The roof is preformed.
SEBV SECR/SR/BR 20T “Dancehall goods brake van
The SECR built the first Dancehall brake to their diagram 2139 in 1918. These vehicles had a 12-inch deep solebar and were allocated Diagram 1559 by the SR. The SECR decided that future batches would have a 15-inch solebar, the first of which the Southern built in 1923. A total of 60 brake vans were built to the two diagrams. BR (S) converted some of the Dancehalls to departmental brake vans by closing in one of the verandas, providing 2 end windows in it and adding 3 side windows and vents. 13 vehicles, all from diag 1560, were treated.The kit is etched in brass, with cast whitemetal fittings.
SRBV SR/BR 25T goods brake van
These 25Ton brake vans to diagram 1579 were universally used by the Southern Railway as they were built to suit the narrow loading gauge of the Southern Eastern Section. Construction commenced in June 1928, four lots were built to the same design until 1931, when 12 were fitted with vacuum braking. 29 vehicles were built in lot 261 during 1927 with the guard’s lookout on the left-hand side, diagonally opposite, instead of the more usual right hand. These vehicles were all built with equal planking, solid plate frame trunnions for axleboxes, 3 hole disc wheels, one end window by each door and flat footboard supports. Roof vents were added from 1937 and all were built with sanding gear. Photographs show that much of the sand gear was removed in later life and in BR days, many vans were fitted with external piping alongside the lookout to operate air brake trains.The kit consists of an etched brass body and chassis with whitemetal detailing parts,
a pre-formed roof is supplied.
RRV Rymney Railway Covered Van
Etched brass kit, with whitemetal fittings and plastic roof. Like the TVR/GWR 10T van, this represents an ideal kit for the modeller who wishes to “test the water” with etched kit assembly.
North London Railway 10T Brake Van
NLRGBVThe NLR brake van was based on the LNWR 10T brake van (kit LNWBV), but fitted with clasp brakes. The etched parts include the components to produce this more complex clasp braking system.
LYBV1 L&Y 10 ton “Tintab” Brake Van
Formerly available in the D&S range.
LYBV2 L&Y 20T four wheel Brake Van £22.00
LYBV3 L&Y 20T six wheel Brake Van £22.00
MRBV Midland Railway 20T six wheel Brake Van £22.00
Etch and assembled examples of LNWR prototype wagon suspension units (4mm scale)

L&NWR 9ft wheelbase wagon suspension units

LNWR 9′ wagon underframe.
Etched in 15 thou Nickel silver, they are designed specifically to fit the Ratio LNWR wagon kits for those who wish to compensate or spring or build them rigid, they are also suitable for any 9′ wheelbase LNWR wagons. Supplied with an etched mounting plate to hold the two w-irons square to the wagon and parallel with one another also at the correct distance apart. Complete with pin point brass bearings, wires and instructions.

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MR Ballast Brake

Midland Railway Ballast Brake Van £22.00
LYCCT L&Y 21ft covered carriage truck D113 £28.00

Horse boxes

CHB CR/LMS Horsebox
The Caledonian Railway built 86 horseboxes to diagram 7124 between 1893 and 1904. All the vehicles were built with dual brake, both Westinghouse and Vacuum. Steam heating connections were not provided initially, but were later fitted to all the vehicles.
Withdrawal began in 1923 and 34 of the horseboxes never received LMS numbers.The kit is etched on brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.
In 1910 the Bristol Carriage and Wagon Company built these 21ft horseboxes for the Taff Vale Railway.
They survived into GWR ownership and the last was withdrawn in 1936. They were fitted with the vacuum brake and were gas lit.The kit is etched on brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.
FHB Furness Railway
In 1871 the Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon Company built 5 of these horseboxes for the Furness Railway, a further 16 were built nine years later in 1880. All were allocated to Diagram 38 in the Furness diagram book. They were only provided with a handbrake and did not have steam heating connections.The kit is etched on brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.
HBHB Hull & Barnsley/LNER
10 vehicles were built in two batches in 1884-85 and available information is sparse. As built they do not appear to have been fitted with brakes. The vehicle is however fitted with Varley’s Patent Electric Communication Gear and Westinghouse through pipe in ex-works condition. As the horse boxes were taken into NER stock, it could be assumed that they did acquire some brakes and probably through a Westinghouse pipe. All were withdrawn in the period between 1924 and1929.The kit is etched on brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.
The 1901 horse box, diagram 109A, is a relatively modern design with tumblehome curved sides and innovations to make life more comfortable both for horse and groom. A total of 73 vehicles were built.
These vehicles also had dual vacuum and Westinghouse brakes to enable them to work freely on the adjacent NER and Caledonian Railways. After 1923 all of these were absorbed into LMS stock. They were still oil lighted when withdrawn.The kit is etched on brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.
LNWR D438 19′ 6″ (Medium) horse box
The LNWR “medium” Horseboxes were built between 1883 and 1889. 150 were originally constructed, 88 of which were still running in 1915, although they were all gone by 1920. The horseboxes were vacuum fitted and ran on 3′ 6″ Maunsell wheels. Coach buffers and screw couplings were fitted. A groom’s compartment was provided, together with fodder storage, etc.The kit is etched on brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.
SWHB LSWR/SR/BR (short) horse box
Between 1887 and 1907 some 350 16′ short horseboxes were built to diag 1000, covered a variety of styles, all generally similar in layout. All ended up with outside beading and most survived into SR stock. After 1934 the Southern removed the beading and sheeted over the sides with the exception of the drop door. 138 vehicles survived nationalisation, the last being scrapped in 1955.The kit is etched on brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.
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MR/LMS 20′ Horsebox -D401
The Midland built Bain’s 20 ft horsebox (Diagram 401) in two batches, the first between 1906 and 1914 and the second between 1921 and 1922. The earliest vehicles were oil lit, but it is likely that most were gas lit quite soon into building the second lot.
Electric lighting in later LMS days is probable, as gas lighting was often left on in an empty vehicle, with consequential inconvenience to the next user.The kit is etched on brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.


NSHB North Staffs Railway D6 Horsebox


These 18ft horseboxes were built in 1904 and lasted into LMS days. They were vacuum fitted and many were also Westinghouse piped. The horseboxes were originally fitted with 3ft 6in Maunsell disc wheels, although later plain disc wheels of the same diameter may have been fitted.The kit is etched in brass with vacuum formed plasticard roof and cast whitemetal fitting.