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An etched brass kit with white metal components.
Requires wheels/couplings/paint and lettering to complete.
Requires 3'1" equivalent split spoke wheel e.g Slaters ref. 7120.
The Cambrian had several different types of timber bolster wagons. The prototype of this kit was introduced in
1901 under Herbert Jones’s auspices. They differed from previous designs in that they did not have any edging
planks, and were used solely for the carriage of the considerable amount of timber that originated on the
Originally the deck was continuous, but in later years it appears that either the design was changed to allow small
gaps between the planks, or the planks shrank, leaving the gap which is prominent in later photographs. Some
wagons had planking over the headstock as per the kit, whilst others had the headstock level with the main deck.
In Great Western days, an additional brake lever was added, using a Morton cam, and this variation is covered in
the kit, with the appropriate instructions being highlighted in bold print. The best advice is to find a good
photograph for your period and follow it!
Known Cambrian numbers are 570, 590 (headstock level with deck), 598 and 605, so a sequence can be assumed
fairly safely. 1200 and 1217 are also known to be allocated, this time on similar wagons built in 1919. Great
Western numbers are slightly more difficult, 17031 being the only confirmed one.
As timber framed wagons, they did not last long under the GW, the last going in 1931, with the majority being
withdrawn as soon as replacements could be found in the mid 1920s.
The wagons were officially described as being painted grey (I use Humbrol 106) with black ironwork, and works
photographs show the body strapping clearly black.
However, photographs of the wagons in service are not nearly so clear, and it is thought that the bodies were all
over grey, with black ironwork below the solebar. Any survivors repainted by the Great Western would have
been all over G.W. grey
Julian & Susan
Welcome to Taff Vale Models. We provide finescale model railway kits, motors and related components under a number of labels.
Dragon Models: Locomotives and Welsh railway rolling stock, mainly 7mm/ft. scale, some 4mm/ft. too.
Celtic Connection: A range of fascinating non-Welsh prototypes from the rest of the UK in 7mm/ft. scale.
Taff Vale Models: Any new kits produced since we took over Dragon Models will fall under this brand. The brand also covers 12volt DC 5 pole skew wound motors together with etched gearboxes and other components.
Camkits: A range of detailed 4mm finescale kits focused on the Cambrian Railways marketed on behalf of CamKits.
We love to meet our customers at shows but visitors to our premises by appointment only please.
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