12th November 2010
Blog readers may remember the side tipping models that we had purchased from the Joe Powell sale earlier this year. These have now been cleaned and treated (and frozen) and earlier (in a hurricane!) I photographed them for the files and for a forthcoming article in a specialist narrow gauge modelling magazine. I thought others might appreciate these photos…
I have now identified the waggons as being 1:10 scale, three foot gauge narrow gauge side tippers (on 3 1/2 inch gauge wheelsets). Such waggons were commonly used by contractors (especially on reservoir building contracts) and also saw service on lines such as the Scropton Tramway. None appear to have survived, though the more modern and larger Scaldwell variants are similar and there were some contractors type waggons at Betchworth, two of which survive at Amberley Chalk Pits.
Below: One of two surviving Scaldwell side tipping waggons, both of which are now in the care of the National Railway Museum at York. One is in store while the other has been extensively conserved for incorporation in the redisplayed Great Hall.