Southwold Luggage Van


A four wheel covered van as used by the Southwold Railway in Suffolk

SKU: SOGWKIT-1-1 Category:


This SM32/45 model kits makes a Southwold Luggage Van. The Southwold Railway was a 3 foot narrow gauge railway operating in Suffolk between 1879 and 1929. It was a “common carrier” railway, i.e. one that carried fare paying passengers and provided a general goods carrying service.  On opening the Southwold Railway purchased its rolling stock from Bristol Wagon and Carriage Works Ltd including two 4 wheeled vans.  The vans were painted maroon with white lettering and one van was attached to most of the passenger trains. They proved very profitable for the railway as a large proportion of the general goods traffic was carried in them.

This kit features:

Laser Cut Bodywork

The wagon body is cut from premium quality poplar plywood which may be painted, stained or simply left bare.

Opening Doors

The wagon doors slide open on metal runners to reveal the internal planked floor.

Vacuum Formed Roof

A pre-formed “HIPS” roof is supplied in the kit. No more attempting to bend plywood into an even curve!

3D Printed Sintered Nylon Detailing

The kit includes several detail parts 3D printed in SLS nylon. These include door corner plates, door handle , brake lever and brake shoes. They come pre-coloured in a satin “charcoal black” finish.

3D Printed Sintered Nylon Axle Guards

A set of sintered nylon axle guards are provided that are simply screwed onto the sole bars. These provide a very free running wheel bearing without the need for brass bushes. They come pre-coloured in a “carbon black” finish which looks attractive without needing any further painting.

Quality Steel Wheels

Two pairs of 24 mm steel disc wheels are provided (i.e. two axles). These are precision CNC machined with 2mm journals and have insulated bushes in case you use track power.

The kit includes a centre dumb buffer (with hook) set at the correct 24mm above rail head, height. An alternative pair of suitably spaced pilot holes are also provided in the inner buffer beams so that the customer may replace the center buffer with Accucraft chopper couplings (not provided) if they wish.

Available in both 32mm and 45mm track gauges.

SR Luggage Van Assembly Instructions

Paint and glue are are not included

Product Dimensions


230 mm (over buffers)




130 mm


Steel 24mm disc

Track Gauge

32mm gauge, 45mm gauge


Center buffer with hook