COAL WAGONS

Update – January 2016

Four of the Bachmann 16T wagons have been completed.

Detailed and weathered Bachmann 16T wagons

Detailed and weathered Bachmann 16T wagons. Photo by the Author

Detailed and weathered Bachmann 16T wagons

Detailed and weathered Bachmann 16T wagons. Photo by the Author

Update – December 2015

Eight of the 21T wagons have now been completed with the weathering of the chassis done with pastel chalks.

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Update – September 2015

Work has continued on the fleet of 21T hoppers which are now a mix of Hornby RTR, Dapol RTR and Parkside kits all of which have been rewheeled with Alan Gibson wheels and fitted with Smiths 3-link couplings:

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Parkside Vacuum Braked wagon the left with a detailed Dapol RTR example on the right.

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Coal Wagons

Vast numbers of coal wagons were to be found working their way up and down the line with the main variants being the standard BR 16T wagon and the LNER 21T Hopper.

Both will be represented on the line with the 16T wagons coming from Bachmann and the 21T a mix of Dapol, Hornby and Parkside Dundas kits.

For the rust I’m using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber oils which can be be mixed with white spirit to give a range of colours and effects.   Small amounts of oil are stippled on and more added/taken away until the desired effect is reached.  Once the rusting is complete and the oil has had a chance to dry (which takes a few days) a final few rust sreaks will be added and the wagon given a a final thin wash all over.

16T Wagons

The 16T wagons from Bachmann come pre weathered but, as well as all having the same number, the weathering on every wagon is identical so each wagon requires some work to make it individual.

After some more work, the the 16 tonners now look like this (remember they were all identical to start with)

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I’ve made a start on one of the Bachmann wagons as shown below with the out of the box wagon on the left.

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21T Hoppers

The hopper below is from the Parkside Dundas kit with Alan Gibson wheels and Smiths 3 link couplings.  It is being painted to represent the wagon second from the left in this photo:

Coal wagons at the site of Consett Station in 1980. Photo copyright Colin Alexander

Coal wagons at the site of Consett Station in 1980. Photo copyright Colin Alexander

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I’e been working on a Hornby 21T wagon, using this photo for inspiration: http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v26/p794458822-3.jpg :

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6 thoughts on “COAL WAGONS

  1. Robert Patterson

    John,
    The weathering done on the wagons is very realistic. I remember walking past rows of these HUO/HTV derivatives during my secondman days at Tyne Yard. I sadly missed a ride along the branch by a matter of months by the time I transferred there in 1985.

  2. Peter T

    What a fantastic job you have done on these wagons. Spot on! As a North Eastern rail watcher in the late 70’s I can confirm just how far off reality the ready-to-run stock is in terms of real-world wear and tear.
    Your models immediately remind me of the mass of condemmed 21t hoppers in the sidings at Stockton but they ran in service for years looking no different!

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