Bachmann has re-released its RMC JGA bogie aggregate hopper in N gauge. Nigel Burkin revisits this useful model.
Bachmann has reissued the useful JGA bogie aggregate hopper wagon of the type operated by RMC from its works at Peak Forest in the Derbyshire Peak District before its acquisition by the Cemex Group.
The model has been released several times before, in pristine RMC orange and white, together with a model of the Tarmac version which was fitted with roof hatches and a similar wagon finished in Buxton Lime Industries blue and white.
The new model is numbered RMC 19231, which is correct for a model of one of the final batch of 27 wagons numbered RMC 19220-246 and built by Tatrastroj Poprad of Slovakia in 1997.
The wagon differs from earlier designs of JGA aggregate wagons used by RMC, one of which featured an attractively curved hopper body (RMC 13701-712 and RMC 17201-224) for which a kit is available to N Gauge Society members.
The featured model has an angular rather than curved hopper, with the brake equipment located under a cover at the ends of the wagon. Access to the equipment is via hinged doors. One end is equipped with an inspection platform and steps, something not present on the BLI-registered wagons nor those operated by Tarmac (equipped with covers).
The RMC JGAs were operated from Peak Forest to road stone terminals at Leeds, Washwood Heath, Ely, Salford, Selby and Bletchley. Some terminals were served by daily trains while others received loads on a less frequent basis, sometimes weekly, depending on demand for construction aggregates.
Since the early 1990s, Class 60s dominated this traffic, replacing double-headed Class 37s until the introduction of Class 66s, with Class 60 locomotives still putting in an occasional appearance. In recent times, the RMC group was acquired by Cemex, resulting in many of the JGA fleet having the familiar RMC logo applied to the wagon sides painted out.
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