TMC commissions exclusive plate and bolster wagons

TMC has commissioned Bachmann to produce a range of OO-scale plate and double bolster wagons with completely new tooling, and the 13 different guises in which they will be available will include as-built examples and those for departmental use.

Many double bolster wagons were converted to plate but retained some of their bolster fittings.

Between 1937 and 1954, the LMS, LNER and BR between them built more than 9000 unfitted four-wheel steel-carrying wagons, commonly known as plate and double bolster wagons. The bodies were of welded or riveted construction, and a variety of different axleboxes was used over the lifespan of the wagons.

No fewer than 13 variants of the original plate (below) and bolster wagons are being modelled by Bachmann exclusively for TMC.

Block trains of these wagons were commonplace throughout the network where steel was actually produced or used in industry. Although built for carrying steel plate and larger steel products anchored to the bolsters, the wagons quickly found use carrying all manner of loads throughout the BR system.

Many survived well into the TOPS era when they were used for a variety of departmental duties.

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