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N Gauge Society Aquires TPM Tooling For Plastic Wagon Kits

The  Society have purchased the tooling for the range of plastic wagon kits formerly produced by Taylor Precision Models (TPM).

The list of wagon kits is as follows:

  • Air-braked Steel Carrier (SAA and derivatives)
  • Iron Ore Tippler (PTA, later JTA/JUA)
  • VCA Van
  • VDA Van
  • FPA Russell coal container
  • Private Owner (POA/PNA)
  • Limpet ballast spoil wagon (ZKA)

This is an important purchase for N Gauge modellers as it will secure the future of these tools and wagon kits for many years to come. The TPM range of plastic wagon kits have been instrumental over the years in helping to develop N Gauge as a viable modelling scale for modern era modellers.

The Society are aiming to integrate these kits into their already extensive range of wagon kits over the next six months and make them available to members as soon as possible.

ModelMaster Decals and Nameplates

After a long delay, it has been fortuitous to coincide the Society’s attendance at Model Rail Scotland with the chance to visit ModelMaster and pick up the stock of decals and plates. Now that we have these in-house, the process of sorting and organising can begin with a view to getting them on sale again.

The first task is sorting, counting, organising and then listing for sale. We expect this to take a month, then hopefully, we can offer these items for sale.

The return of some old favourites…

We’re pleased to announce that some of the kits out of production for a long time are now back in stock. These include:

  • Kit 1 BR Hopper Wagon HJO/HJV
  • Kit 15 LMS/BR “Trestrol” Bogie Well Wagon
  • Kit 20 BR 24T Anhydrite Hopper Wagon
  • Kit 49 War Department/BR Warflat

Keep checking the Society Shop page (on the Shop website) as this now shows the number in stock, and thus can be used to see when items become available again.

Kit 65 SR-LSWR 8 Plank Open Now Available

Maunsell designed these 8 plank open wagons based on LSWR wagons which had similar cupboard doors above the normal side door. The 10ft wheelbase ones represented by this kit were built 1936-7. Most were unfitted, the few fitted ones had sheet rails (these can fabricated from wire and plastic card). In the late 1950s British Railways fitted many with vacuum brakes, and added tiebars. They lasted in revenue service well into the 1960s, the last being withdrawn in 1970. Though classified as goods wagons, the SR used some of them for coal traffic, particularly in Kent.