These Southwold Railway axle guards are based on those used on the Southwold railway’s four wheel goods stock. However leaf spring axle guards were widely used on many narrow gauge railways so the home builder will find many different applications for these axle guards,
The axle guards are made from Selective Laser Sintered nylon with an attractive “charcoal black” finish. An engineering grade nylon is used to give a tough and free running axle guard without the need for separate (and sometimes problematic) bearing inserts although we do recommend lubricating the axle journal with a light machine oil occasionally.
The Southwold railway axle guards are simply screwed to your sole bars inner face with the supplied No 2 (i.e. very small) self-tapping screws. Alternatively if you are a “hex head fan” they can be bolted on with 8BA nuts and bolts (not supplied). The mounting plate is significantly larger ( 30mm x 8mm) than some on the market so that:
- It is possible to get you screw driver onto the screw head without the wheel rim getting in the way.
- The axle guard is held in the correct perpendicular position.
To provide compatibility with other makes of steel wheel as well as our own; the Southwold axle guard features 2.2 diameter journal bores which provide a free running fit for 2 mm journal axles.
These axle guards are included in our Southwold Railway 4 wheel open goods wagon kit.
This home builder packs includes four axle guards and 8 self-tapping screws. I.e. enough for one wagon.