Some wagons for our clubs West Bay layout have been included in the layout build thread, however
these are from my personal kit stock and will almost certainly be given to the club for use on the
Everybody has been concentrating on the earlier periods, but West Bay was still in use for freight
into the 1960's. By that time wooden wagons had given way to the 16 ton steel minerals for gravel
extraction from the beach, and one would assume for any remaining coal business through the 1950's
when the steel mineral became king.
Here is todays reasonably leisurly construction of two Dapol 16 ton minerals. I've made so many that
I dump the instructions to follow my own construction sequence. First of which is to assemble the box
upside-down on a flat surface, following a quick clean up of the top edges.
When you have a nice tight box glued together it will provide a ledge onto which the floor can be
glued from the underside and it should be enough to correct any minor floor warping which is often
responsible for diagonal rocking when on their wheels.
One kit had a broken brake lever, the other severly bent. Being thin, a double wetting with liquid poly allowed
to be bent back into shape & repaired.
When painting remember to drop the doors open, otherwise they'll probably get stuck shut. Now to
wait for the inside painting to dry, as well as the liquid poly which can take a couple of days to dry.
Liquid poly saturates the join area, soaking deep into the plastic and paint would act as a retardant
to fully drying.
I Will get back to that light fitting into the BR brake van, but that's just additional stock for me, where
these wagons will be at an exhibition in early January.