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'Polybulk' style hopper wagon


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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:

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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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Change title of post and clarify nature of model

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26 minutes ago, Mark Saunders said:

Polybulk is a catch all description and covers several different wagons!

 

I don't quite understand the purpose of your comment.

 

Please, if you feel my blog post is misleading or inaccurate, could you say why? If not, then please could you add a bit so I can see what you are thinking of.

 

Many thanks.

 

(The edit shown on the post today was simply to restore the photographs lost by the recent site hosting problem; apart from this, the content is unchanged since the original posting).

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A lot of people think the term refers to one design only in the same way as saying pannier tank.

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6 hours ago, Mark Saunders said:

A lot of people think the term refers to one design only in the same way as saying pannier tank.

Ah!

 

I have changed the title of the post to "'Polybulk' style hopper wagon" and added an explanation, "As such, it does not represent any actual Polybulk wagon but looks pleasant on the layout".

 

I think this will do the trick.

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I like it! It looks the part and you are happy with it, which is what counts. In a similar vein, I shall be eventually creating freelance cross-channel ferry vehicles utilising cheaper second hand wagons (e.g. Lima bogie stock) rather than paying through the nose for absolutely accurate models! (That doesn't mean to say I am not going to treat myself to one of the new BR ferry wagons as recently announced - that will be the standard to which I aim to bring my updated Triang models!)

 

HOURS OF FUN!

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5 hours ago, SteveyDee68 said:

I like it! It looks the part and you are happy with it, which is what counts. In a similar vein, I shall be eventually creating freelance cross-channel ferry vehicles utilising cheaper second hand wagons (e.g. Lima bogie stock) rather than paying through the nose for absolutely accurate models! (That doesn't mean to say I am not going to treat myself to one of the new BR ferry wagons as recently announced - that will be the standard to which I aim to bring my updated Triang models!)

 

HOURS OF FUN!

This model is special to me because it was a gift from a member of RMweb. Sadly I have forgotten their details and lost the correspondence, but it is much enjoyed. The standard of the application of the livery is something I am still trying to reach.

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