Side tipping wagons were extensively used by narrow gauge industrial railways and range in size from small hand propelled examples up to large wagons capable of carrying several tonnes hauled in long rakes by large locomotives (e.g. the Kettering furnaces railway).
This model kit is based on the side tipper (or dumper) wagons used at the grange farm ironstone quarry which was part of the Scaldwell ironstone railway system in Northamptonshire. This is a medium sized example which is big enough to be locomotive hauled but still noticeably smaller than a common carrier open wagon. The prototype was constructed with an oak inside frame and an elm planked body. The body “rocked” sideways on crescent shaped rockers and was retained in place by curved metal slots at each end.
The kit’s chassis is cut from premium quality MDF with brass tube bearings, silver steel axles and nylon curly spoke wheels. A single “dumb” centre buffer each end is included in the design which is high enough to couple with a steam locomotive. If desired the wagon door can be made to open with the supplied hinge rod and catches.
The body parts are cut from premium quality poplar plywood which may be painted, stained or simply left bare. Plank details are engraved on both sides of the body parts so the wagon looks good even if you choose not to add a suitable wagon load. In addition engraved riveted body straps and corner plates are included which make for an interesting looking model.
Available in 32mm (O) gauge only.