When introduced they were used on the Dover-Calais train ferries and they are certified for Channel Tunnel use. The primary traffic for these wagons from the continent is mineral water, however they are or have been used to transport a wide variety of goods within Britain including bagged clay, newsprint, whisky, beer, cider, pet-food and metal.
They have been recorded across the network, from Cornwall to the north of Scotland, from Kent to South Wales, from East Anglia to the Midlands and North West, and to the south of France, the Netherlands and Germany.
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CONGRATULATIONS – IT’S TWINS FOR KERNOW!!
Kernow Model Rail Centre is teaming up with Revolution Trains to offer the long-lived Cargowaggon “twin” ferryvans in 4mm scale/00 gauge.
This is in response to the large numbers of 4mm enthusiasts requesting this model following development of its N gauge counterpart, and represents the first fully joint venture between Revolution Trains and a major retailer.
As ever the models will feature high levels of detail and a version will be offered with a battery-operated flashing red tail lamp.
Chris Trerise, of Kernow Model Rail Centre, said: “Over the years Kernow has forged a reputation for listening to modellers and offering what they want – from the Beattie Well Tank to the iconic Bulleid diesel. Revolution Trains has been doing something similar in N, so teaming up seemed like a logical step and as these wagons have been much used in Cornwall for transporting both bagged clay and electrical components, they fit in nicely with our existing items.”
Mike Hale of Revolution Trains said: “In some ways it is surprising this wagon has not been offered in 00 before as it has been so widespread in service and lasted so long. We are looking forward to working with Kernow on this and other projects in the future,” he added.
Ben Ando from Revolution Trains said: “These wagons are suitable for the BR Blue period right through sectorisation to the post-privatisation era, and whether in a block train or in ones or twos we believe they will be a great addition to the wagon roster for many Kernow customers.”
The models will feature NEM couplers on kinematic mounts, RP25 profile wheels and high levels of detail including separately fitted brake parts and handrails.
In the mid 1980s Cargowaggon GmbH of Frankfurt ordered 100 ferry vans from wagon builder Duewag for traffic between Britain and the continent.
To take advantage of grants then available for 4-axle vehicles, but to offer maximum capacity within the restrictive British loading gauge, the wagons were configured as two permanently coupled 4-wheel vehicles, or Twins.
They feature large full height sliding doors, to allow easy access for loading, and are cleared for British, Continental and Channel Tunnel use.
The first 100 were built in 1986, with further builds of 50 each in 1989 and 1991 and nearly the entire fleet remains in service.
Due to their flexibility the wagons have been used to carry mineral water, newsprint, bagged clay or cement, Scotch whisky, cider, petfood and numerous other goods to and from destinations as widespread as Cornwall, the Highlands, North and South Wales and destinations in Southern France and Germany.
They can operate in blocks, or in smaller numbers in mixed “Enterprise” trains.
The wagons were delivered in unpainted aluminium with mid-blue solebars and ends. Most carry the words “Cargo Waggon” across the pair, in blue on a yellow background, though three received “Perrier” branding which they still carry today.
Cargowaggon was later absorbed into GE Rail Services, which has since been acquired by Touax, and the models are being produced with the co-operation of Touax and will be manufactured in China.
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