Talyllyn Railway Slate Wagon


A two bar slate wagon kit based on those used by the Talyllyn Railway in Wales

3 in stock (can be backordered)



This model is based on one of the two bar slate wagons used by the Talyllyn Railway in mid-wales, for the conveyance of slate down from the Bryneglwys slate quarries to Tywyn . About 100 of these wagons were originally built for the railway and in later years they were rebuilt with variations such as different wheels and the removal of their brake gear. As the slate traffic declined they were even used for carrying excess passengers (by adding simple benches) on busy passenger trains in the railways short tourist season.

3D printed support bobbins and corner plates

These are produced by “Selective Laser Sintering” in an engineering grade nylon and many customers have assumed that they’re castings rather than 3D printed. The parts come pre-coloured in “charcoal black” and provide an attractive and rugged addition to the model. Note these bobbins thread over brass support rods which locate securely in the chassis giving a reasonably robust construction.

Brake gear

This kit features non-working SLS nylon brake lever, brake shoes and lever arms.

Laser cut body parts

The body parts are cut from a poplar plywood which is easy to glue and paint. Sheet edges and rivet heads are engraved on the wagon floor (styrene sheet) so the wagon looks good even if you choose not to add a suitable wagon load.

Choice of nylon couplers

A choice of couplings is included in this kit. You can either assemble the wagon with side “dumb buffers” and a central hook for a 3 link chain or if you prefer a centre buffer (for greater compatibility with the rest of your stock) , a pair of  Penrhyn style wagon buffers are also included.

Currently available in 32mm (O) gauge only.

Assembly Instructions

Product Dimensions


120 mm (over buffers)


58 mm


52 mm


Nylon 24 mm 6 web spoke

Track Gauge

32 mm ("O"Gauge)