War Office Wagon (7/8 scale 45mm gauge)


A small wagon with distinctive lift off body similar to those used at the Deptford Supply Reserve Depot and the Sand Hutton Light Railway

Available on back-order



This War Office wagon kit is infact our Sand Hutton wagon kit widened so that 45 mm gauge wheels can be installed. Our thinking is that the two and half ton wagons built by P. & W. MacLellan of Glasgow to a War Office design for the 18 inch gauge, could have easily been built for two foot gage for another war office site. These too could have been sold as “war surplus” and so have ended up on your railway.

The wagons were of particularly rugged construction with thick wooden components bolted together with longitudinal and transverse bars. The main feature of the design was that complete body could be lifted off the chassis (four lifting eyes were securely bolted to the body ends) by crane to facilitate the swift loading of ships.

Please click on “Product Dimensions” to the left to get the model’s measurements. This is a SE45 kit, for information on scale and gauges click here.

Following customer feedback from our Sand Hutton wagon kit, we have included additional detail components in the basic kit but the wheels and couplings are sold separately to give the modeller greater choice.

Suitable wheels are :

Accucraft 30mm diameter steel wheels with 3D printed inserts (£12)

Binnie Engineering 29mm diameter nylon wheels (£5)

Suitable couplings are :

Extra large Bell-mouth couplings (£6)

Hook and Chain couplings (£3)


This kit features:

Easy To Assemble Chassis

The model features the characteristic one piece outside pedestal bearings. The chassis parts are cut from premium quality Poplar plywood which slot together to give a nice “square” chassis ensuring good running characteristics with a greatly reduced risk of derailment. In addition both the Accucraft and Binnie wheels are supplied with their axles trimmed to size to fit the scale width chassis.

Laser Cut Bodywork

The wagon body is cut from premium quality poplar plywood which is pre-stained in a “light oak” colour. Both sides of the body work have engraved plank details so that wagon looks good even if no load is being carried. The body can be left to lift of the chassis as per prototype

3D Printed Sintered Nylon Detailing

The War Office wagon kit includes several detail parts 3D printed in SLS nylon. These include the end support brackets, door hinges, latch mechanism and the distinctive axle box castings. They come pre-coloured in a satin “charcoal black” finish.

Wheels, couplings, paint and glue not included

Assembly Instructions

Product Dimensions


152 mm (over buffers)




110 mm