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LSWR Goods Brake Van - diagram 1541 - Road Van OO Gauge
We have commissioned the LSWR Road Van in OO Gauge as an exclusive model with the tooling owned by Kernow Model Rail Centre.
First introduced in 1886 they were later classed as SR Diagram 1541. Almost 500 of these were built between then and 1905 making them the most numerous LSWR Goods Brake Van. Brake Vans with side doors through which parcels or other goods could be loaded were known as road vans.
The prototype was laser scanned at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at the same time that we scanned the Adams O2. The model joins our growing portfolio of LSWR models and will be ideal for use with our Adams O2 model as we will be producing Mainland and Isle of Wight numbered vehicles. The tooling will cater for the Mainland and Isle of Wight versions, with either straight or cranked step board supports and round or ribbed shanked buffers.
This model was delayed by two previous suppliers. We started working directly with the factory as a result of these delays and this is the final model that was caught in the backlog from that situation. Now that the Bulleid Diesel and D600 Warship have been completed work moved on to the GWR Steam Railmotor and this Road Van.
We are grateful for the assistance of Mike King in the development of this model.
The models will be £34.99 each. You can save £5 per wagon by paying in full at the time of placing your order. If you do not wish to pay at the time of ordering, you will need to wait until the models arrive in the UK before you can place an order (There is the danger they may sell out before this). If you placed an order prior to July 2018 you will be contacted directly about this in due course.
Project Update 12th January 2021
We have now received and reviewed the decorated samples for each of the models available (note that some of the samples were only the body assembly and not alwasy the correct option parts fitted). We have, subject to a couple of minor amendments to the printing on the solebar cast plate printing for two of the SR livery versions, the spacing of the numbers on the LSWR SB003B version and the solebar and buffer colour on three of the BR grey versions, approved the model for production to commence.
We anticipate production to commence at the end of March 2021 (following Chinese New Year) with shipment to the UK during May 2021 (subject to shipping availability) and hope to have them in stock for fulfilment of orders at the end May / June 2021.
As per our update on 28th August 2020 a small number of the available versions have been changed with corrected running numbers and liveries as BR Bauxite would not be appropriate for the available options of this road van. Any customer wishing to amend their pre-order due to these changes can contact us via our website or via telephone. (The changes are shown below, only three versions are amended with BR Grey replacing BR Bauxite on SB003C and D, and BR Brown replacing BR Bauxite on SB003G.)
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Project Update 1st December 2020
Since receipt of the 1st Engineering Prototype (EP) in August below, we have received and approved a second EP for production and signed off the livery artwork specifications.
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Project Update - 28th August 2020 - engineering prototype received
We have received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) from the tooling for the much-anticipated ex LSWR / SR Diagram 1541 10T Road Van.
The CADs, based on a laser scan of the preserved example at the Isle of Wight steam railway, were approved for tooling earlier this year.
Graham Muspratt, our new Development Manager advised: “The first Engineering Prototype samples have been carefully evaluated and we are very pleased with how the EP has turned out. We are currently discussing directly with the factory a very small number of slight modifications before the next stage of livery samples can be produced. The production of the livery artwork is in progress.”
The pictures show the high level of detail and multitude of separately fitted parts including: flush glazing, hand rails, brake gear with pull rodding, step board and lamp irons to accurately portray a number of different versions of the prototype.
These options include alternative buffer shanks with a ribbed option as fitted to preserved No. 56046 on the Isle of Wight steam railway and either straight or cranked step board supports, the latter as fitted to the majority of those transferred in 1925 to the Isle of Wight.
In light of further research, a small number of the available versions have been changed with corrected running numbers and liveries as BR Bauxite would not be appropriate for the available options of this road van. See details of the ten versions to be produced below.
Any customer wishing to amend their pre-order due to these changes can contact us via our website or via telephone. (The changes are shown below, only three versions are amended with BR Grey replacing BR Bauxite on SB003C and D, and BR Brown replacing BR Bauxite on SB003G.)
We will be producing the following variants, note: the images show versions of the Engineering Prototypes and livery decorated samples: -
SB003A LSWR 10 Ton Goods Brake Van number 56046 in SR Brown livery with red ends. (Isle of Wight) £34.99
In the condition as preseved on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
SB003F LSWR 10 Ton Goods Brake Van number S54663 in BR Grey livery. (Mainland) £34.99
The last road van in service, based at Wadebridge, officially withdrawn in July 1958, but survived in some form of service until 1961.
It was then purchased by the Bluebell Railway as their first item of goods rolling stock, arriving on 4th May 1962.
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