A Replica Private Owner Wagon

Readers of this blog will be aware that the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway has a small fleet of heritage goods wagons. When the line was first preserved only a small proportion of the rolling stock could be preserved and anyway not all of it had survived until the second half of the twentieth century.

The Carriage & Wagon Team lead by ‘JB’ are currently building a replica of one of the five private owner wagons that belonged to JLL Peate & Sons who were coal and lime merchants.


Wagon Number 2 photographed at R&Y Pickering’s works in 1903

Wooden Wagon Building

A general view showing the two solebars lying on the trestles. Leaning against the wall on the right are the cross members.

Cutting Tenons

JB cutting tenons on the end of one of the solebars

Solebars and Headstocks

A trial assembly of the headstocks and solebars

Drilling Ironwork

The original wagons were scrapped in 1935 and the only known surviving relic is a Cambrian Railways registration plate. All the iron work has had to be made from scratch. In this photograph one of the new ‘W’ irons is having the fixing holes drilled.

'W' Iron on the Radial Drilling Machine

A closer view of the ‘W’ iron being drilled.

To be continued

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5 Responses to A Replica Private Owner Wagon

  1. Fabulous! A scratchbuilt wagon, and a stage by stage story too- thanks for this insight.

    • Tanllan says:

      Yes Iain, a scratch build at 12 inches to the foot scale! Those folk that whinge about the cost of 4mm scale model trains would go apoplectic if they knew how much one little wooden coal truck is going to cost.

  2. Pete Cairncross says:

    What an excellent initiative. Do you know what timber they are using for the chassis? Oak?
    I look forward to the next instalment on the build.

    • Tanllan says:

      Hello Peter,

      Sorry for the delay in replying – I have been at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway for a few days.

      The chassis is being made from Iroko – an African hard wood.

  3. Andy in Germany says:

    As a carpenter I can appreciate the beautiful workmanship in those tenons. I wish I lived closer so I could join in…

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