My 'Polybulk' is a freelance grain wagon someone has created by refinishing a Rivarossi bogie hopper wagon in the livery of Traffic Services Limited (London). As such, it does not represent any actual Polybulk wagon but looks pleasant on the layout.
The source model is the Hornby-Rivarossi bulk freight wagon originally released under the Jouef brand in 1977. This particular example had Rivarossi reference HR6030, and was issued in the bright yellow livery of CITA. The result is a 1:87 scale model of a European wagon which was too wide and too high to run in Britain, presented in the livery of a TSL cross-channel ferry wagon:
I don't know who did the repaint but I think the workmanship is excellent. I wish I could put transfers on this well. And somehow the wagon seems to look more natural than a factory-finished and factory-weathered specimen. The wagon was a gift from another member of the RMweb who had bought the model through eBay and then found it to be surplus to their requirements. It is a bit quirky but it looks good so it has to have a home on my layout.
Details of the original prototype:
- Length: 15.39 metres
- Tare: 22 tonnes
- Payload: 58 tonnes
- Capacity: 94 m³
- Bogie type: Y 25 Css
- Maximum speed: 120 km / h
- Commissioned from 1970
This wagon runs internally on the Shelf Island railway, transferring some kind of bulk granular material (I have no idea what) between the chemical installations at Fairport and Shelf Marshes:
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