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Can suggest an appropriate shade of grey to paint some S&DJR 5 plank wagons

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If you are going to weather them, I've found a simple grey primer spray to be the best.

 

The tone of the grey isn't so important then.

 

Some give a much finer spray than others, you probably can't get Halfords over there but if you can try using paints sold in cans under the name of 'The Army Painter', very good indeed.

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I have used either etch primer from my local auto-parts dealer or S&DJR goods stock grey from Phoenix on a grey primer base. it works well in 7mm.

 

Marc   

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The grey paint used for wagon was made up of carbon black and white lead. White lead is well know for darkening in the presence of sulphur, e.g. steam loco exhaust, so unless you happen to have a set of wagons with exactly the same history they are all likely to have been differed shades of grey, with those that had been in service longest being the darkest.

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Bill is absolutely correct in that they would have been many shades of grey ( there's a book in that!). That said, if are going to be running them with your Bagnall (delivered 1929) as in the photo, they wouldn't have been in SDJR livery anyway. SDJR wagons, with a few exceptions, were absorbed into the parent companies, MR/LSWR in 1914.

 

Jerry

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the only wagons still in SDJR livery in 1928 were service stock 3 plank drop side, 6 plank loco coal, 5 plank sand wagons and brake vans. There were 10 wagons that were in revenue traffic these were the peat wagons.

 

Marc

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As an aside, can anyone suggest suitable transfers to letter S&D brake vans in the period 1923 to 1930?

 

Rob

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Hi Ben,

 

Wagons of both of those types were among those retained until 1930 for "loco ashes" and were stencilled as such. There is a photo containing an example of each, with some numbering details in the caption, in the OPC book "Southern Wagons Pictorial" by Mike King.

 

Cheers,

 

Eddie.

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