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Taff Vale Railway Iron Mink Kit - 7mm/ft Scale
This kit is designed to represent the iron covered goods van or "mink" as constructed by the Midland Carriage and Wagons Company Harrison Camm Ltd. for the TVR from 1913. These batches were all constructed from conventional steel underframes as opposed to the pressed steel Fox underframes used by some other manufacturers.
DateBuilderTVR Numbers (inc.)GW Numbers (inc.)
1913Midland Railway & Carriage5352 - 537622568 - 22638
1913Harrison Camm 5327-5351Odd numbers in range 8982 - 22567
1914Midland Railway & Carriage5277 - 5276 & 5501 - 5510Odd numbers in range 8923 and 8981
Table 1 - Wagon numbering
From 1912 onwards TVR minks were supplied with double brake gear as standard.
Further reading on these vehicles is available in well know GWR Iron Minks Historical Model Railway Society (HMRS), publication(1).
There are a number of schools of thought concerning TVR livery. The demonstration build model has been painted using "Beech Brown" conforming to paint standard BS381C 490 as described by Nigel Digby (2). Other writers describe Taff Vale goods vehicle livery of this later period as being ""Brown" or "Brown Oxide"(3). In earlier periods, TVR wagons were described as being painted grey but this version of the iron mink would have appeared at the beginning of the brown era. Anything below the solebar would have been painted black and the roof painted white. Lettering (as included with the kit) consisted of a large 'T' and 'V' on either side of the vehicle door together with numbering and lettering as shown on the demonstration model. The lettering on the mink appears larger than the two foot lettering used on some vehicles during this era. Standard GWR livery would have been applied at various times post grouping and those that survived into nationalisation would have acquired BR numbers and possibly a lick of grey paint.An interesting photograph exists of a group of four wagons at Dymock, Forest of Dean in 1959 published in an article by the Welsh Railway Research Circle Archive. One of these wagons is a TVR Iron Mink with the remnants of the 'G' from 'GW' and fainter still, the 'T' from TV. Unfortunately no number can be seen however it makes an interesting comparison to the standard GWR v6 mink next to it together with introducing some interesting weathering possibilities for the post-nationalisation period.
(1) Lewis, J. H. (1980). All about GWR iron minks. Frome: Historical Model Railway Society.
(2)Digby, N. (2017). LIVERIES OF THE PRE-GROUPING RAILWAYS: Wales and the West of England. S.l.: LIGHTMOOR PRESS.
(3) Slinn, J. N. (1985). Great Western Way. Frome: Historical Model Railway Society.
(4) Spratt, R. "Four Vans at Dymock, 1959". Welsh Railway Research CircleArchive Vol3 No.10
The Historical Model Railway Society also have a small selection of TVR Mink photographs available.
Any further information is always welcome for potential inclusion in future releases of these instructions.
Julian & Susan
Welcome to Taff Vale Models. We provide finescale model railway kits, motors and related components under a number of labels.
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