I've thought for a while that in order to add a bit of variety during operating sessions, Sherton Abbas could do with a few wagons from companies other than the GWR. The layout is set in Dorset, so likely candidates would be from the S&DJR, MSWJR, and Midland companies. During the weekend exhibiting the layout at the Telford O gauge show, I bought a couple of kits from Furness wagon works ttps://pregroupingrailways.com/wagons/ in order to build a couple of S&D examples.
FRWC17 Midland/S&DJR/LSWR/LMS/Private Owner 5plk Wagon (With Raised Ends)
FRWC21 S&DJR/MR/LNWR/LMS/SR/BRRoad Van
The kits comprise of resin moulded bodies, accompanied by etched brass and white metal detail parts.
A bit of filler was needed to repair a few air bubbles in the resin castings, but that apart the kits are a really quick way of building wagons! I decided to change the buffers for sprung examples from Slater's, but that was just personal choice. The S&D appear to have painted the iron work on their wagons in black, so to avoid fiddly painting I chemically blackened the etched brass components before fitting them to the body work
Blackened etched brass components.
I found a couple of pictures on the internet of prototype wagons, which I used to base the models on. Hopefully as they appear to be in the public domain it's not a problem posting them here!
I hope I've got the tare weight right, its a bit tricky to decipher and I'm also not that convinced by the models axle boxes
Model open wagon.
Prototype Road Van.
Model road van.
Pair of wagons together.
Pictures of the wagons in service on the layout.
I'll take the opportunity to wish everyone on RMweb a very Merry Christmas and an excellent 2020!