Ever since we announced that we intended to make a range of Gauge 1 locomotives we have frequently been asked about rolling stock to go with them. We are pleased to announce that our first production for this scale will the archetypal Railway Clearing House seven plank wagon. Based on the 1923 RCH design, our wagon represents a type that was built by the tens of thousands, many of them for private owners.
The Railway Clearing House, originally set up by the railway companies to handle charges for vehicles used on another company’s line, introduced standard minimum specifications for private owner wagons. The RCH 12 ton design was the most numerous design of coal wagon built in the UK after 1923. A rugged and simple design employing standard RCH fittings throughout and originally they had to be built with seven side planks. Various configurations of side doors, end door and bottom doors were permitted, but the weight of the unladen wagon was not to be above 7 tons 5 cwt. Oil lubrication and brakes on both sides were mandatory. The main line railway companies adopted RCH fittings for many of their own designs, and the LMS and LNER adopted the RCH 1923 mineral wagon as their standard.
We will be offering the wagon in the liveries of the ‘Big Four’ and in BR grey and Bauxite and will be encouraging our dealers to commission private owners in liveries pertinent to their location or personal whim! We were honoured to be asked by the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association to produce a limited edition commemorative model for the Association’s 70th Anniversary (available only to members). The wagon has a moulded plastic body with cast metal running gear, sprung buffers and sprung coupling hook.
- Scale: 1:32
- Length over buffers: 160mm (6.5 inches)
- Width: 75mm (3 inches)
- Height: TBC
- Min Radius: 600mm (2 feet)
Versions available, subject to production batch:
R32-1A – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – BR GREY
R32-1B – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – BR BAUXITE
R32-1C – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – GWR GREY
R32-1D – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – LMS GREY
R32-1E – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – LNER GREY
R32-1F – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – SR BROWN
R32-1G* – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – ‘CONSOLIDATED STEAM FISHING & ICE CO.’ (available from Trackshack only)
R32-1H* – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – ‘OXCROFT’
R32-1J* – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – ‘CAMERTON’ (available from Cliff Barker only)
R32-1K* – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – ‘G1MRA’ (available from G1MRA only)
R32-1M* – RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – ‘COLEMAN’S MUSTARD’ (available from Exclusive Models & Peter Spoerer only)