00 Gauge Isle of Man Railway Wagon Card Kit
available K7 M40 M41
or K8, K9
An “Elro” 00 Gauge CARD Model Kit by Elena & Robert Hendry to build wagons that formerly operated on the steam worked Isle of Man Railway. The kit builds up into a multi-layered detailed models of different wagons that were originally built for the Manx Northern Railway and latewr taken over by the Isle of Man Railway.
These wagon kits are supplied as static card models, but will accept proprietary wagon chassis, to run on a narrow gauge layout. To complete the kit you will need scissors/craft knife, a steel ruler, glue, scrap card, glazing material, and felt tip pens or paint to touch in exposed edges of the card. Some scrap matchsticks, wire, small chain and split pins will add to the quality of the finished model.
The Isle of Man Railway in its heyday was one of the busiest narrow gauge lines in the British Isles running up to 100 trains a day with a fleet of 16 locomotives, 87 carriages and over 170 wagons. Although some proprietary models of passenger stock are available, freight stock is poorly covered.
KIT K7, M40, M41
One card construction kit builds three different IOMR, ex Manx Northern Railway, dropside open of “M” wagons, M40 and M41, and Unroofed Cattle wagon K7. Although accurate models of specific IOMR prototypes, the kit can also be used to represent other ex MNR wagons or general narrow gauge stock.
IOMR, ex MNR Dropside Opens No’s M40 and M41.
15 MNR dropside open wagons were taken over by the IMR in 1905, and numbered Mr28-42. Built between 1884 and 1898, they were generally to a similar design, but differed from the IMR “M” wagons in several respects, including the side projecting beyond the ends by some inches. This kit makes up into the 1898 wagons, M40-42, but with minor alterations to hinges and coupling plates, would suit earlier wagons as well. IF THERE IS SUFFICIENT DEMAND, we may issue a model of the earlier M28 series later on. The small R following the M class coding indicated ex MNR “Ramsey” stock. The three wagons of this series were scrapped between 1960 and 1974. M wagons were used for ballast, coal, general mineral and merchandise traffic, sawn timber, calor gas containers, packing crates, and even IOM Highway Board road rollers on occasion.
Sufficient parts are supplied to build two open wagons. Experienced modellers may wish to score all the planking before assembling the wagon, and add the separate strapping and hinges that are included in the kit, but the beginner can produce an attractive and simple model without this work. To provide strength and provide a fully detailed interior and exterior to the side, it is produced as a three layer sandwich. A card solebar assembly fits between the headstocks. For a static model, a card axlebox and axleguard assembly is included. If building a working model, you may discard these parts, or use them as a decorative overlay. No couplings are provided, as NG modellers have differing ideas as to what is preferable. The kit is designed so that you can use a tensionlock coupler below the chassis, or you can modify the headstock to accept a coupling at the correct height. For the more advance modeller, it is possible to detail the kit with the parts supplied, which include the end stanchions, strapping, hinges etc
IOMR, ex MNR, Unroofed Cattle Wagon K7
Unlike England, where roofs were compulsory on cattle wagons from 1912, unroofed cattle wagons survived in the Isle of Man and Ireland into the 1950s. The Manx Northern Railway acquired 3 cattle wagons in 1879. Owing to heavy use, all three were rebuilt in 1897, and again between 1910 and 1916. This kit is for MNR No 18, which became IMR K7 in 1906, in its post 1910 condition. It survived unroofed until withdrawn in 1962 and derelict for some years thereafter. As with most cattle wagons, the framework was external with the planking on the inside, and this is recaptured by creating a five layer sandwich. The outermost or first layer is the framework which is cut out and then two further layers are added to provide depth before the planking is added. For a simple quickie model, you can use the side as printed, but for a more accurate result, cut out the narrow dark grey strips between each plank, as narrow gaps were left between the planks for ventilation purposes. A pre-printed Interior, strapping and other details complete a robust structure . Chassis details follow the same principles as with the open M wagons.
KIT K8, K9
Kit K8, K9 builds up into the other two MNR cattle wagons, one in roofed form and the other with diagonal planking. Construction is similar to K7.
You can order one or both items