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STANDARD WAGON PGA

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Cavalex Models first project

Designed and built by Standard Wagon of Heywood in the late 1970s early 1980s, the 51-tonne glw, 2 axle hopper replaced the aging fleet of HTV wagons. With Design code PG012 and with a 38 tonne payload, the fleet of new wagons helped Redland not only to increase tonnages to their distribution terminals in London and the South East of England but also the company’s operational efficiency. The new wagons operated out of Redland’s Mountsorrel quarry moving large quantities of aggregate products to their terminals at Radlett near St Albans, Trowse near Norwich, Kennet near Newmarket, Elstow in Bedfordshire, Barham near Ipswich, Bat and Ball near Sevenoaks Kent, Woking and Aylesbury. Painted in Redland’s light green livery with red, text these wagons could be seen on BR metals behind a variety of traction from the early ‘80s up until and post privitisation.

In 1997 Redland was acquired by the French industrial company Lafarge which saw the PGA wagons gain a new livery, white body with Lafarge’s company logo.

Following the purchase of the PGA wagons by DB Schenker, the wagons began to lose the Lafarge logo with the majority of the fleet remaining in all white livery or gaining a black patch on the body side. Up until August 2016 these wagons could still be seen on the network plying their trade delivering aggregates to terminals around the country. Whilst a few remain in service in 2019, these are in the process of being replaced by newer bogie aggregate hopper wagons.

We feel that the PGA will appeal to modellers across the spectrum from those that model the current scene right the way back to those modelling the early 80s and 90s. Regarding regions, as mentioned previously they ran from Mountsorrel to East Anglia, the Western, Southern, London and Midland, so they travelled far and wide. Also the variety of traction that can pull them is very extensive, including classes, 20, 25, 31, 37, 45, 47, 56, 58, 60, 66 and 73, which is quite a selection!

Whilst these wagons normally and historically run in long rakes, there have been occasions where services are split into shorter rakes to allow smaller terminals to accommodate the workings. More recently these wagons have also been mixed in with bogie hopper wagons offering modellers further potential for variety on their layouts.

4mm

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - First production run arrived in the UK in November 2018. A second run is due in the UK Q3 2019.

N gauge

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - Design stage completed, open for pre-orders.

 

BRITISH RAIL BBA LONG STEEL CARRIER

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Second project - BBA steel carrier

Built between 1973 and 1981, the BBA was a slightly longer version of the earlier BAA steel wagon but with a reduced 75 tonne capacity. The heavily constructed long steel carrier was designed to carry ingots, slabs, long lengths of steel, steel coil, and billets.

A prototype of the design was built at BR Shildon in 1973 and was 10ft longer than the earlier BAA type, with deeper solebars. Production followed at BR Ashford with over 500 wagons being built to two design codes: BB001B and BB001C.

Following production over an eight year period the wagon type became the principal steel carrying wagon on British Rail.

Early batches of the BBA were delivered in BR bauxite brown livery with black bogies, while the final batch of wagons wore the then new Railfreight black livery with red ends and side labels.

Once these wagons had entered service across the BR network they would usually be found mixed in with other types in block trains often with BAA wagons. The BBA could be seen in South Wales, the Midlands, the north east of England and Scotland. Operations were on trunk routes between steel production and finishing locations and industrial users.

The BBA has seen several modifications during its lifetime, primarily to allow the easier loading and unloading of strip coils. Variations have included the removal of the ends and the fitting of 5 transverse coil cradles, removal of the ends and floor and the fitting of coil boxes (BLA) and the fitting of telescopic sliding covers (BWA). Other TOPS codes applied have been BEA, BIA, BRA, BUA and BXA.

Between 1994 and 1995 over 250 BBA wagons were modified with the removal of the ends and floor and the fitting of coil boxes and recoded BLA. This was for steel strip coil traffic in south Wales for Dee Marsh, Llanwern, Trostre, and Ebbw Vale.

The BBA and shorter BAA have been the mainstay of the heavy steel carrying fleet since their introduction in the mid-1970s and can still be seen in service today.

4mm

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - The tooling stage of the process has commenced as of May 2019. Pre-orders are still open.

N gauge

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - Design stage.

 

STANDARD WAGON 102-TONNE TEA BOGIE TANK WAGON

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Third project - Standard wagon 102-tonne TEA tank wagon

Built in the late 1980s by The Standard Wagon Company for Total Oil.

Built in two batches, numbered 85930 – 85944 and design code TE009D and 85960 – 85974 TE009F and fitted with Gloucester GPS 25 bogies.

Since their introduction into service in the late 1980s, these bogie tank wagons have seen use throughout the network from Wales in the west, the south coast right up to the north east of England.

Some examples:

Oil refinery at Immingham to storage terminals around the country including; Leeds, Kinsbury (Birmingham), Westerleigh (South Gloucestershire), Bedworth (Warwichshire), Colwick (near Nottingham) and Jarrow (South Tyneside).

Milford Haven/Robeston oil refinery – Westerleigh (South Gloucestershire), Theale (West Berkshire) and Bedworth (Between Coventry and Nuneaton)

Eastleigh area being used on the regular flows from Holybourne to Fawley until the flow ceased a few years ago.

VTG currently own the wagons are they are still in operation today being seen working out of the Lindsey oil refinery.

In addition, four TEA tank wagons have been converted to KBA barrier wagons for use with new S-Stock Underground transfers. The KBA wagons are numbers; 85937, 85933, 85936 and 85943.

The Cavalex Models TEA bogie tank wagon will be released in 4mm and 2mm scales.

Proposed liveries:

TEA – Total grey

TEA – Livery for current period to be confirmed soon.

KBA – Barrier wagon

4mm

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - Design stage completed, open for pre-orders via the shop.

N gauge

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - Design stage.

 

WH Davis Ltd JGA bogie aggregate hopper wagon wagon

Photo courtesy Ian Cuthbertson

Photo courtesy Ian Cuthbertson

WH Davis Ltd JGA bogie aggregate hopper wagon wagon

Built by W H Davis Limited of Shirebrook in 1990 for Bardon Hill Quarries (later renamed Bardon Aggregates), design code JG010B and numbered BHQ17130-17151. This was the third batch of wagons built by W H Davis for Bardon Hill Quarries and totalled 22 wagons.

A slightly different design to the first two batches with some visual differences being the revised hopper operating gear with prominent door actuators; the solebar and cast Y25 bogies.

In 1997 Bardon Hill Quarries merged with Camas Aggregates which saw the company renamed Aggregate Industries. The wagons were gradually repainted in a new livery, which featured the Aggregate Industries logo in blue alongside the green Bardon name.

These wagons can still be seen in service today working aggregates flows.

4mm

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - Design stage.

N gauge

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - Design stage.

 

PROJECT 225 - CLASS 91 AND MARK 4 CARRIAGES

Photo courtesy Neil Harvey

Photo courtesy Neil Harvey

IC225 project - Class 91 locomotive and Mark4 carriages

After the APT project was abandoned in the mid-1980s and with the Modernisation and Electrification of the East Coast Mainline from London’s Kings Cross to Doncaster, Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh, a new design of passenger train was required to meet the growing passenger demand on this route.

British Rail tendered for the design and construction of a new Electric locomotive to operate the new electric services and GEC successfully won the tender with British Rail Engineering Limited being the sub-contractor for the Class 91 locomotives.

A total of 31 locomotives were built at Crewe works between 1988 and 1991 with the first passenger earning service taking place in March 1989. Electrification of the East Coast Mainline was completed in 1991 with electric services commencing from London to Edinburgh in the summer of 1991.

91010 has the fame of holding the title of the fastest locomotive in Britain having attained a speed of 161.7 mph (260.2 km/h) on 17th of September 1989 during a test run down Stoke Bank.

The Mark 4 carriages were built by Metro Cammell/GEC-Alsthom between 1989 and 1992.

After privitisation the Class 91 fleet and Mark 4 carriages have been owned by Eversholt Rail Group and leased to companies operating under franchise. After InterCity and then GNER, National Express East Coast, East Coast and Virgin Trains East Coast, is currently run by London North Eastern Railway.

Between 2000 and 2003 a major refurbishment programme was undertaken at Doncaster Works to help improve reliability and following overhaul the locomotive fleet were renumbered 91/1s.

Still in revenue earning service today, these iconic trains will make for a great model.

Photo courtesy Bill Atkinson

Photo courtesy Bill Atkinson

The Cavalex Models Class 91 and Mark 4 carriages will be released in 4mm and 2mm scales.

Proposed liveries:

Inter-City Swallow – Class 91 and Mark 4 carriages (Running numbers to be confirmed)

LNER – Class 91 and Mark 4 carriages

LNER – 91119 'Bounds Green Intercity depot 1977-2017'

4mm

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - Design stage is well underway, please visit our stand at DEMU Showcase, 1st and 2nd of June for the next update on this project.

N gauge

Specifications sheet - coming soon

Project status - Design stage.