The Isle of Man ‘M’ wagon engineering sample
The first in an Isle of Man connoisseurs range, TrackShack has commissioned Accucraft UK to produce the iconic Isle of Man 2 plank ‘M’ wagon. There will be 8 different running numbers, and also a ‘data only’ version for anyone who wants a wagon without the IMR numbering on.
The Isle of Man Railway determined early on that its 1873-supplied 3-plank open goods wagons (“H” stock) with a centre drop-side door were not well suited to carrying ballast and other loose extracted materials, so invited tenders in 1876 for a new wagon body design suited to such purpose. Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Co had supplied the initial rolling stock for the Railway, but the Ashbury Carriage & Wagon Co were awarded the new contract and supplied the first four 2-plank drop-side ‘ballast’ wagons in 1877 (along with a number of other vehicles ordered at the same time). The railway acquired three similar wagons second-hand in 1884, built by Ashbury for another customer. An additional twelve of these ballast wagons were purchased new in 1888, again from Ashbury, followed by a further eight from Metropolitan in 1899, all to the same basic early-type design.
The early-type ballast wagons were allocated the stock letter “M” and numbered M.1 to M.27. Together with fifteen similar wagons inherited from the Manx Northern Railway in 1904 and a further thirty-six of an improved later-type purchased new from Metropolitan between 1911 and 1926, the “M” wagons were the most numerous stock type on the Isle of Man Railway. A number of the early-type wagons remained in use until the 1960′s, the last examples being scrapped in 1975. You can see the full specification here.
Accucraft UK Ltd was formed in 2004 by Ian and Sandy Pearse. Ian Pearse has over 30 years experience in garden railways and a strong development relationship with Accucraft Trains. The company incorporates their former business Marches Models, best known for supplying British narrow gauge live steam locomotives for gauges ‘O’ and ’1′. Accucraft UK Ltd continues the work of Marches Models as well as offering customers electrically powered models and ready to run plastic rolling stock in 1:32, 1:20.3 and 1:19 scales. Accucraft UK Ltd has significantly expanded the range of large scale model railway goods available to the UK and worldwide market and will continue to build on this.
As well as manufacturing our own range of model products we are happy to undertake commission work in most scales for retailers and other organisations. We are the sole UK importers and trade distributors for the complete range of products manufactured by Accucraft Trains of the USA. This includes the ranges of ACL (Accucraft Custom Line), AMS (American Model Supply), Accucraft Trains Limited and Classic ranges, and American Mainline.
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