Wagons – Dapol

I thought this would be a good place to keep a record of my limited edition Dapol wagons that are currently sat in a box waiting to make an appearance once I have made more progress on my layout.

I have a few of these so I intend on adding a couple or so a week and writing a little bit about each one.  And, where possible, I will add links to the relevant model railway clubs and others so if you wanted to know a little bit more about each one than what I write, you can hopefully speak to the actual people who thought them up and made them happen for us all to enjoy.

A good starting point for the 00 gauge specially commissioned Dapol wagons is the actual Dapol website itself:

http://dapol.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=182_194

It’s then a case of clicking into each supplier, or trawling through the internet with a few key searches.

Yes, the majority are not LNER (to fit with the theme of my proposed layout), but I’m sure you would agree that they make a great addition to any layout and I’m happy to look passed that minor point…

Added:

  • 3 February 2015:
    • G.W. [Great Western Railway] Green, WRCC16;
    • Standard Fireworks, WRCC15; and
    • Firbeck Main.
  • 11 March 2015:
    • H.P. Sauceworks;
    • Newcastle Main;
    • United Tea Company;
    • Miles Tea Company;
    • Affleck F. Fyfe; and
    • GWR Ale wagon.

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G.W. [Great Western Railway] Green, WRCC16

015

• Commissioned by Wrenn Railways Collectors Club
• 5-plank coal wagon with load
• Green with gold lettering
• Issue as WRCC16
• Limited run to 100 – I have three of these – numbers 84, 85 and 87

A great write-up of the WRCC16 can be found on the Wrenn Railways Collectors Club at:

http://www.wrennrailways.co.uk/detail_wagon_range.html

The gold labels on the outside of the boxes authenticating the wagons look pretty smart.

I was fortunate enough to pick up three of these great wagons on ebay (UK) of all places. In fact, I only really got into collecting the limited edition Dapol wagons relatively late on, so probably missed out on the majority of the early runs of most wagons. However, ebay has been good for me to pick up some bargains (or not so bargains) and wagons which had become out of stock by their original supplier.

These wagons certainly weren’t cheap for limited edition Dapol wagons, but I’m glad I now have them, and three at that. Not sure whether or not to put them on the layout (as adopted wagons of the LNER) or display them. Any recommendations?

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Standard Fireworks, WRCC15

016

• Commissioned by Wrenn Railways Collectors Club
• Gunpowder van
• Black with “fire” lettering
• Issue as WRCC15
• Limited run to 100 – I have one of these – number 27

A great write-up of the WRCC15 can be found on the Wrenn Railways Collectors Club at:

http://www.wrennrailways.co.uk/detail_wagon_range.html

Another ebay purchase. Not cheap, but certainly one for the display – when I get around to it.

I used to love Bonfire Night – the whole bonfire, fireworks, toffee… So, a limited edition fireworks wagon is just the ticket, although doesn’t taste like I remember it.

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Firbeck Main Colliery, No. 751

017

• Commissioned in 2008 by Richard Essen with Wicor Models of West Meads
• 7-plank coal wagon with load
• Burgundy (?) with white lettering
• Limited run to 100 – I have two one of these – numbers 54 and 55

I have located this or a similar (non-limited edition) wagon on the Wicor Models website at:

http://wicormodels.com/collections/model-railway-goods-wagon/products/7-plank-wagon-firbeck

Ebay purchases. I chose these as Firbeck colliery was one of a number of local mines at which my Dad worked. And, to have two is just a bonus. Think they will make it to my layout, but after working a little bit on the realism of the coal load. Any recommendations to be able to do this and not totally wreck the wagon in the process?

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H.P. Sauceworks

012

• Commissioned in 2007 by 1E Promotional
• 7-plank coal wagon with load
• Burgundy with white lettering
• Limited run to 350 – I have one – number 285

Check out further details on their website at:

www.1epromotionals.co.uk

Bought this one as I simply love brown HP sauce.

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Newcastle Main

010

• Commissioned by Geoffrey Allison (Worksop)
• 5-plank coal wagon with coal load
• Grey with white lettering
• Limited run to 500 – I have numbers 54 and 157

I can’t find too much on the internet for further reading.

A nice wagon from my hometown of Worksop commissioned by my former favourite model shop. Easy buy and keeping my eye out for more.

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United Tea Company

014

• Commissioned by Burnham & District MRC
• Vent van
• Dark red with gold lettering
• Limited run to 163 – I have number 79

Further reading and pictures at:

http://www.burnhamanddmrc.org/wagonssoldpage1.htm

I like my tea and this beautiful vent van will go well with my tea factory, should one decide to pop up on my layout to service my tea rooms (in the village).

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Miles Tea Company

009

• Commissioned by Burnham & District MRC
• Vent van
• White van with blue lettering
• Limited run to 167 – I have number 127

Further reading and pictures at:

http://www.burnhamanddmrc.org/wagonssoldpage1.htm

Same as the previous van, but with a little more competition on the tea front.

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Affleck F. Fyfe

008

• Commissioned by Dapol
• 5-plank wagon with coal load
• Brown van with white lettering
• As far as I can tell, it is not a limited run in the strictest sense

Only interesting reading I could find on this one was at:

http://www.hrsoc.org.uk/Modelling.html

I have had a few memorable family camping holidays to Scotland, in particular Kingussie and Newtomore. So, as well as being a nice wagon, the purchase was a little more nostalgic more than anything. Does anyone know of any other wagons for Newtonmore / Kingussie?

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GWR Ale wagon(s)

013

• Commissioned by Dapol
• Cattle (Ale) wagons – no load, yet
• Grey with white lettering
• Not necessarily a limited run, but I have four of these wagons

Further reading and pictures at:

http://dapol.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1169

I needed some rolling stock to service my brewery (when I get around to finishing it on the layout). I have yet to find any decent LNER ale-style wagons, so am happy to go with the GWR in the meantime. Just now need to work out how to fit my beer barrels into the wagons without destroying them. Any ideas?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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