Retailer Rails of Sheffiled have announced a new model in their planned range of exclusive models. Working in partnership with Dapol they have announced an 00 model of the ex South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) 16ft Covered Goods wagon (box van) to Diagram 1424.
110 of these wagons were between 1904 and 1908, to an increased length of 16 feet during the Wainwright era. Later designated Southern Railway diagram 1424. Several examples surviving to British Railways ownership, at least until 1956. The models produced by Rails reflect the later SR and BR condition of the vehicles.
These will be manufactured, totally in the UK and available in June this year, using a new technique that features: A new, ultra high resolution, super strong aeronautical grade PU with a design life exceeding 25 years, a build process using the very latest light technology and is infinitely flexible for making all variants and low volume production potential for niche, products previously not capable of being produced economically for Ready To Run.
Rails aim to fill the need for niche products, which simply would not justify a large production run. As they are produced in limited quantities, these vans are priced slightly higher than mass produced items, however, we feel the price reflects fantastic value for such distinctive models.
Initially three liveries will be produced, with two running numbers in each livery. The following models are now available for pre-order;
- RL-1424-001 No. S45374, Southern Railway brown with BR lettering
- RL-1424-002 No. S45382, Southern Railway brown with BR lettering
- RL-1424-003 No. S45358, BR freight stock grey
- RL-1424-004 No. S45427, BR freight stock grey
- RL-1424-005No. 45374, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery
- RL-1424-006 No. 45455, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery