some of my collection of wagons that appear on Wells Green TMD.
Most are kit built, some are scratchbuilt and the remainder are
modified RTR wagons. All are models of actual wagons that have existed
on the UK network in the last few years - with photographs taken
from Wagons on the Web and my own collection.
many cases, lettering and numbering has been produced on a computer
and turned into transfers, to avoid spending hours lining up individual
numbers on data panels, but transfers from Fox and Modelmasters
have also been used where appropriate.
MTA 'Doorand' 395008 was converted from a standard Bachmann MTA wagon, with all the existing reinforcing pillars removed and replaced with ones in correct position for a 'Doorand'. The ends were also rebuilt, along with a huge amount of detailing carried out on the chassis to improve on the substandard 'flat' floor moulding. Only trouble is you can't see all the detailing as it's underneath!
MKA 390270 was created using a Bachmann POA, in the ARC livery. Like the prototype, the top holes were removed to limit the weight of ballast allowed to be filled, except the ARC mustard was retained, chopping the logo in half. This also received the same underframe detailing as the MTA 'Doorand', above.
scratchbuilt this 'MTA' ballast wagon using Plastikard and Styrene
strip, on an old Hornby 'TTA' tank wagon chassis. An article about
how I did this appeared in DEMU's UPDate Magazine, Issue 39.
is an MKA 'Limpet', no. 390256, converted from the Bachmann POA
a Cambrian 'Dogfish' (not Heljan!), in a patchy 'Dutch' livery.
Clam in engineers livery without a TOPS panel, instead the solebar
contains all the essential details.
Cambrian 'Shark' in Loadhaul livery, built a couple of years ago,
complete with an engineer having a drink on the back!
Dundas make kits for these wagons - with a Clam being a shown here.
Note the deep yellow patch in the centre of the faded yellow stripe
- totally authentic, a feature many wagons seem to share.
modelled this 'Rudd' because it had an orange stripe and a darker
grey, making it stand out in a block engineers train. The number
panel was made on a PC.
building my set of wagons I wanted an example of a 'Clam' in original
'Dutch' livery, without any variations, or major weathering of the
is probably one of my favourite 'Rudd's, representing an example
with patch painting, post-privatisation 'Mainline' branding with
plenty of dents and scars due to being loaded & unloaded many
times by grabber without proper care.
first ever attempt at modelling an engineering wagon was this Parkside
Dundas 'Grampus', made from the original kit, around four years
wagon is a 'VAA' van, converted from a Hornby 'VDA' using A1 Models
etched sides, and painted in a faded version of the Railfreight
livery. Note the diamond patches on the sides, scars left over from
when 'Explosive' warnings were once attached to the wagon's side.
standard Bachmann 'VGA', but with extra weathering and patch painting
over old logos. Like the 'VAA', the wagon carries scars from when
the vehicle used to be used for Explosives traffic.
into my Cornish layout's fleet now is this 'VGA', modelled with
opening doors, with a interior of bagged clay, normally used as
part of an unloading scenario with a fork lift truck. The graffiti
was by Busch, but I'm not too impressed by the way it lays over
the ribs on the van, I reckon I can paint better than that!
something you won't see on Wells Green TMD at an exhibition! A weathered
Hornby 'CDA', part of a rake of just 18, normally travels behind
a class 66 on Goonhilly Parkway. Although hard to see, this
wagon's hood was painted EWS red to represent one of the 'Easysheet'
conversions undertaken in 1999.
couple of shots showing the engineers wagons in situ, as if there
were a possession going on. Enjoy!