What’s in the Shops: Cavalex Models aims high with Redland PGA wagon debut

A well-detailed OO-gauge Redland PGA aggregate hopper wagon has given the brand new Cavalex Models range a flying start, writes Nigel Burkin.

Cavalex Models, a new name in diesel and electric modelling in OO and N gauges, has a number of wagon models in development that have never been produced in any scale as ready-to-run models – and the range promises to be an exciting one if its first release is anything to go by.

Not content to debut with a simple wagon design, it went for a complex four-wheel air-braked aggregate hopper wagon, the Standard Wagon PG012A design which was built in several batches for aggregate traffic from the large Mountsorrel quarry railhead located alongside the Midland main line south of Loughborough.

The Cavalex Models Standard Wagon PG012A PGAs are complex wagons with numerous small fittings such as inspection platforms, access ladders and underframe footsteps. Shown is No REDA 14784 in Redland green livery.

The first operator was Redland Aggregates, followed by Lafarge Aggregates after its acquisition of the Redland group in 1997. The wagons were built between 1978 and 1980 and numbered 14750-80 and 14800-39. They remain in use after being sold to DB Schenker, sometimes being found in sand traffic originating from Cliffe in Kent to depots in the south-east.

The model is made up of two main assemblies – the hopper, composed of several plastic sections to make up its complex shape, and a die-cast underframe into which the hopper is fitted between the solebars in the same manner as the full-sized wagons.

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