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Dapol GWR/BR 8ton Cattle Van

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Dapol GWR/BR 8t Cattle Van

This model dates back to around 1958 with Hornby Dublo, the tooling later sold to Wren around the late 1960’s. In 1993 Dapol bought the tooling from Wren & then in 2007 upgraded the model with an all-new retooled chassis. This model has a basic level of detail which due to the age of the tooling is understandable. The chassis upgrade now includes NEM coupling pockets, with removable small tension lock couplings. The model also has fine-scale profile wheelsets, reasonable detailed chassis. Liveries are BR brown, BR brown with weathering, BR brown early livery, GWR dark grey, GWR dark grey with weathering, TVR black, grey, red/brown. The wagon is cheaper than the more recent super detailed release by Bachmann, which is great for modellers on a budget which makes it cheaper to build up a consist of cattle vans. 

These vans primarily built for transporting cattle, found some being rebuilt into fruit vans & also vans for Ale traffic as well. BR inherited over 11,000 cattle vans, though traffic for the cattle vans was declining, BR continued to build them up to around 1954. As the traffic for cattle declined, the vans were put to other uses such as vegetable traffic amongst other duties. The vans had a wide time period in traffic from the 1930’s up to the early 70’s.

Key Features:

  • Fine-scale wheels
  • Detailed upgraded chassis.
  • Fine printed decoration
  • Cheaper price ideal for modellers on a budget.
  • Small NEM tension lock couplings
  • NEM coupling box
  • Era 1930’s to early 1970’s
  • Weathered versions available
  • Liveries: GWR grey, BR Brown, BR weathered brown, Dark Grey, Red/Brown

Axx Series

Bxx Series

WR1-xx Series

4F02000x Series

A10 Unfinished

A10  Private Owner

A10 Budeley Brewery

A10 Budeley Brewery (weathered)

Railway Company Ltd Ed’s

A10 CVR

A10 K&ESR Light Grey

A10 K&ESR Grey

A10 LBSC

A10 Mid Hants Railway

A10 NYMR

A10 TR Talyllyn Railway

89AM TVR

89BM TVR

89PM TVR

89AW TVR

89BW TVR

89PW TVR

Standard Releases (GW Great Western)

B58

WR1-03

B500

B500A

B500AW

4F02003

4F02004

B549

B549A

B549AW

B549A

4F020007

4F02008

Southern Railway

SR 53172 Ballards Ltd Ed

British Railways

B500MULU (Five pristine cattle vans)

B500MULTIW (Five weathered cattle vans)

B47

WR1-04

B501

B501

B501A

B501A

B501AW Weathered

B501A

4F020005

4F020006

BR Bass W102208 ltd ed

BR Bass W102200 ltd ed

Irish/Ireland releases

SLNC 158

SLNC 110

CIE 510

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Review

60%

Summary An older tooled model with upgraded chassis. Lacks detail of the Bachmann version, but great for modelling on a budget. An essential wagon for anyone modelling the steam era early diesel era.

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