23 August 2011
To coincide with the Midland Railex event being held on 13th–14th August at the Midland Railway Butterley, a OO gauge limited edition wagon is being produced by Bachmann. ...
To coincide with the Midland Railex event being held on 13th–14th August at the Midland Railway Butterley, a OO gauge limited edition wagon is being produced by Bachmann.
Some 512 wagons are being produced in the livery of Raven Anthracite Colliery, Swansea (37-079T), the prototype of which was built in January 1925 and registered at the Railway Clearing House by the GWR. A total of 300 wagons were constructed for the company between November 1924 and February 1925, all were of wooden construction capable of carrying 12 tons. After Nationalisation, the wagon carried the British Railways number P316666 before it was withdrawn in 1958. It was later used as an internal user wagon at Avenue Coking Plant near Chesterfield, from where it was acquired by the Midland Railway Trust for preservation. The wagon was restored to its original condition in 2000.
The model will sell for £9.99 and all proceeds will go towards the completion of the station at Swanwick Junction. The station building here originally stood at Syston on the Midland main line, from where it has been re-located.
UPDATE: A few of the limited edition 'Raven' wagons are left, and they will be available to order by phone, from the MR-B. If you were unable to attend the Midland Railex, this will be your last chance to obtain one of these highly collectable OO gauge wagons. To order ring 01773 570140 or 01773 747674. Its price inclusive of P & P will be £12.50* ( *UK only). For outside of the UK please ring for postal cost.