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Loads for OCAs , early 80s


rob D2

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Good evening all,

 

I have in my posession , 2 of mssrs Bachmanns chunky sided OCA wagons in 'railfreight red'.

 

Thus I am trying to work out what these may have carried in the early years of their use (up to 1985-6 ).

 

So far I have bricks and steel coil , possibly the UKF big bags in that period as well.

 

Anything else I should consider in that period ?

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Nicely timed, just looking at my 80s photos:

 

UKF fertilizer bags at Banbury, 1986:

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And one already in engineers' use, Strood 1984. ADC = mechanical engineers, on a Tonbridge-Hoo Junction working, so maybe brake blocks for wagon repairs??

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Nice,

Clocked that photo of the brake blocks . Surely they weren't transported as such. ?strange use for newish wagons

Railways get through huge numbers of brake blocks, IIRC the Southern used to change the entire set on an EMU every 10 days. http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/oca/e12863c8f

 

What about bricks http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/oca/e10070085 note the rubber tyre used as packing.

Military stores http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/oca/e1910a48 http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/oca/e1789e311 http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/oca/e18c43841

UKF big bags http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/oca/e966c1f6

Wire coil http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/oca/e19894867 http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/oca/e1e90792b

 

Paul Bartlett

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Nice,

Clocked that photo of the brake blocks . Surely they weren't transported as such. ?strange use for newish wagons

Not really that strange; vehicle spares were accorded high priority, and had been conveyed in passenger-rated stock (Enparts) for years. If the blocks were destined for the Southern, they'd have to use air-braked stock, as all scheduled freight services were air-brake only from the early/mid 1980s.

The OCAs did go over fairly quickly to Departmental use; I photographed one at Gateshead, branded 'Bass', in the winter of 1982/3, which meant it was probably less than a year old.

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Wow, I guess the original flows dried up.

Brake blocks would make an interesting load but I'd think you'd need resin casting to do it justice

 

Also I like the big bags, will have to think of a way to represent them...

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Wow, I guess the original flows dried up.

Brake blocks would make an interesting load but I'd think you'd need resin casting to do it justice

 

Also I like the big bags, will have to think of a way to represent them...

There are things similar to fertilizer 'big bags' in the Bachmann range:-

http://www.Bachmann.co.uk/image_box.php?image=images1/scraft/44-532.jpg&cat_no=44-532&info=0&width=628&height=540

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Hmm,

Not dissimilar. I have a cast " po bags" from either harburn or ten commandments that may be useful if hacked about a bit.

 

Although as I already have some PWAs for UKF traffic I may go for wire coil instead

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Can I ask as I can't find any photos ....

 

Interior... Wooden planks as floor, inner sides appear to be a sort if flat graphite black in pauls pic of the brake block load ?

 

Plenty of photos show the interior, yes by this time BR were painting the inside of open wagons black. Floor wood with turnover bolsters - doesn't the model have this? Drawing on page 55 of

Bartlett, P., Larkin, D., Mann, T., Silsbury, R., and Ward, A. (1985)
An illustrated history of BR wagons, Volume 1
published by Oxford Publishing Company, 192 pages.

 

Paul Bartlett
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The best RTR versions of the big bags are produced by DUHA, specifically the Danish fertilzer bags, as available here:

 

http://www.jwdpremiumproducts.com/servlet/Detail?no=940

 

Although they are based in the USA, they do ship to the UK - I have bought from them in the past and I think there maybe some UK retailers that now sell DUHA loads - they are by far the best available in my opinion.

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The best RTR versions of the big bags are produced by DUHA, specifically the Danish fertilzer bags, as available here:

 

http://www.jwdpremiu...t/Detail?no=940

 

Although they are based in the USA, they do ship to the UK - I have bought from them in the past and I think there maybe some UK retailers that now sell DUHA loads - they are by far the best available in my opinion.

Am I correct in thinking 'On-Tracks' might be a stockist?

As regards the interiors- as Paul says, they were black, but the inner faces of the stanchions between the doors were often in Rail Red.

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