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Some three years ago, when the earlier kit for the Cambrian double veranda brake van was introduced, quite a few modellers asked about the Herbert Jones vans, with the single veranda, which came into service from 1902 onwards.
In the batch modelled, six vans were built at Oswestry, from 1902 until 1909, and lasted in service until the early 1930s.
Quoted dimensions vary, with both internal and external dimensions being given in the GW wagon register for the width and length of the vans, apparently at random. It also shows Van 10 with a tare of 10-3-0tons, where photographs clearly give a tare of 13tons! The ways of the Cambrian were obviously inherited!
When built, the vans were painted in Cambrian wagon grey, with black ironwork beneath the solebar. Ends were vermillion, with the sides lettered in white CAM (PoW feathers) RYS. One photograph shows the lettering shaded black, but this is believed to be taken when the vehicle was new for publicity purposes, as in service plain white is clearly used.
After overhaul after 1912, vans would have been re-lettered CAMBRIAN, and in 1915, the painting of the ends in red was discontinued.
Vans repainted by the Great Western would have been all over GW grey, with 16” lettering
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.
20 Slade Close, Sully, CF64 5UU