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Platform trolleys and barrows

Posted by Mikkel , in The Bay 03 November 2009 · 2,874 views

trolleys Bay

I've been enjoying myself assembling a variety of 4mm trolleys and barrows for "The bay".


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Platform trolleys from Coopercraft, with loads from the Monty's range. The one with the milk churns is a bit of a cliché I'm afraid, but I can't help liking it and it was a very common sight it seems. The heavy load of luggage on the other trolley belongs to the party of Mr and Mrs Longbottom. They have yet to discover that the maid has forgotten to pack their pajamas.



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These are from the Monty's/Dart Castings range and were a simple and pleasant build. I've always liked the barrow type in particular, which has such a rustic look to it. I initially thought the luggage trucks looked a bit too modern for Edwardian times, but they do seem to appear in photos from the period. Since I bought these kits I've discovered that Langley have a pack of etched brass kits for what appears to be the same prototypes (kit # F129, packed with some station seats, see it here). However I decided to stick with the whitemetal ones, in order to maintain consistency of thickness with the other platform fittings and vehicles.



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The handcart on the left is of an early GPO type, but will play the part of a GWR cart until I come across a model of a specific GWR prototype (if anyone knows of a kit, please do get in touch). My version of the kit came from Monmouth models, but I believe it is now available from PD Marsh. Looks like I still need to clear off some flash! The wheelbarrow also came from Monmouth.


I have yet to find a detailed study of the trolleys and barrow used by the GWR, although photos of platforms usually show some interesting examples. There's also a nice little assembly of photos of trolleys and barrows in Vol 2 of Stephen Williams' "Great Western Branchline Modelling", although these appear to be taken in the latter years of the company.

Very nice, have you seen these link ? nice bicycles as well:lol:
Thanks 28ten, I was of the impression that Southwark didn't do 4mm kits - but these look superb. And the bicycles are just the thing! Now where did I put my poor old wallet...

Very nice

Thanks 28ten, I was of the impression that Southwark didn't do 4mm kits

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He does some really excellent kits with super detailed instructions. His GWR hoppers are especially nice.
The rest is a bit too much LSWR for my needs but you know the saying ... can't resist something in brass.

That platform furniture looks really good. So often missing from layouts yet there was always a trolley or two.
Yes, odd that I've missed those Southwark 4mm kits until now, but isn't it great when you once in a while discover ?
Have you the link to the finish painted parcels Mikkel please

Hi Rob,


Most of them are featured here: 








All brown. Which I probably researched at the time, though it's been a while  :-)

I did try a few search engines first but i'm struggling with this and none of my books cover such a subject-does anyone recognise this type of platform trolley ( the green scooter lookalike with a '3' on it ).


I'm guessing its electric/battery operated and i'm half tempted to say the illustration was adapted from a King's Cross photo from around the 1950s but i've not come across anything similar to it before. 

I did try a few search engines first but i'm struggling with this and none of my books cover such a subject-does anyone recognise this type of platform trolley ( the green scooter lookalike with a '3' on it ).


Hello Steve, I have a vague memory of having seen such a trolley in model form once - but I'm afraid I don't know if there was ever a prototype for it. You might try asking in the main forum, perhaps?

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