LMS Stove R Van

Stove R

The “Stove R” is a nickname that stuck to the LMS BGZ after they were retro-fitted with stoves to keep the guards warm in their vans during winter. Designed by William Stanier in 1932, these models would make a fine addition to any rake of stock. Forget not that these 6 wheelers lasted right until the 1980s and would look great behind a BR blue diesel of that era. There are a few survivors – the Severn Valley Railway’s example is under restoration whilst the Bluebell Railway’s Stove R is finely finished in Pullman livery to operate in their Golden Arrow set.
Ideal for use as driving trucks or guards’ trucks, Little Western’s scale model can be easily be fitted with water tanks or compartments for flags and tea if desired. Vacuum brake gauges and valves can also be fitted for use by the guard. These would have been fitted to express passenger trains as well as goods trains.


LMS/GWR Palethorpes’ Sausage Van


These 6 wheeled vans were classified as Express Goods stock in pre-grouping and BR days. They were often seen leading or trailing passenger services or made up in short parcels trains. Two were built by the GWR, painted a striking Chocolate and Pale Blue with four built by the LMS in their textbook Crimson Lake livery. All six survived into BR service, being repainted into BR(M) Crimson and running as such until scrapped. Cheap road haulage led to the demise of this charismatic way of transporting goods. The model makes a perfect riding truck – 6 wheels make for a very comfy ride. As with the “Stove R” we can fit seats, water tanks and guards equipment if desired.


GWR 20T Toad Brake Van


For the GWR enthusiast, no goods train or small branch consist could be considered without these iconic single balconied guards vans. Now, the term Toad actually refers to all GWR brake vans, so we chose to base our Little Wesetern design on the longer wheelbase 20T steel balconied versions that appeared during the mid 1930s. These lasted well up until the end of steam and onwards in shunter’s yards across the country – many of which finding a new lease of life on preserved lines throughout the U.K. These Toads are built to order, as with all our other larger wagons and so both high-detail and driving/guards truck options are available.


6-Wheeled Milk Tanker


These tankers were built for transporting milk after the earlier 4-wheeled versions were found to be churning the milk! An extra wheelset along with better internal baffles prevented that from happening on these wagons – built post 1931 by multiple railway companies. All companies followed a standard wheelbase and similar external design with vacuum braking fitted to all wagons. Many pretty colour schemes were used such as Burgundy, Blue, Chocolate or White as just some examples.


Private Owner 5 or 7 Plank Wagon


In 1923, the established Railway Clearing House (RCH) released a new specification that required wagons to be built with oil axle boxes, standard brake shoes and coil sprung buffers (as opposed to the older wooden block buffers). This standard was adopted by many 20th century wagon builders including the LMS and the LNER. It is said that the LMS built nearly 30,000 of the standard design 7 plank wagon. Little Western can offer a basic budget wagon for a modest price or a more detailed alternative for those that require a nicely finished model. Bespoke patterns for axleboxes, buffers and wheels can also be made for the more particular enthusiast. If this is desired, please get in touch before ordering for an appropriate quote.


LNER 8T Cattle Truck


Cattle or other livestock would have been transported in these 4-wheeled covered vans with open sides. BR adopted a standard design for its wagon, basically identical to its fore-bearers with minor detail alterations. The type seen here were built in the 1930s by the LNER using standard RCH castings. Later the same wagon would be used to transport more precious loads, such as beer, as the use of these wagons was slowly phased out in accordance with new legislation on livestock transportation.


BR China Clay Hood



These Swindon built wagons rarely left West Country metals but my how quirky they look. A basic 5 plank wagon, with doors at one end – designed for easy loading and unloading of China Clay – was the way that precious commodity was transported from quarry to dock. The popular blue hoods were a later modification, intended to add a few more years to an ageing fleet of wagons.


HHA Hopper Wagon

Hopper Wagons - Copy

Giant when compared to what ran on Britain’s railways one-hundred years ago, these industrial coal hoppers were build to shift coal en masse. Found not only in the U.K but on the continent today, these robust, all-steel constructed Hopper Wagons are perfect for running behind any modern image locomotive and are ideally suited for club passenger hauling. These wagons are often changing hands, EWS, Freightliner, DB Schenker are just a few of the available liveries.


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