Regulars will know that I am a serial raker through rummage boxes at shows and love an oddball wagon. This typifies the experience. A D&S whitemetal kit complete bought a fair while ago and which has sat in the Teachers Whiskey box that contains all such animals ever since. Just before Christmas I had a couple of spare minutes and pulled it out to see what could be done. Then the research kicked in and I discovered that a) most had not surprisingly gone by the 1920s and b) had also unsurprisingly lost the round ends by the time they reached Southern ownership. No matter.
A little time spent yesterday finished the basic build and, with all but the usual tweaks and fettling needed for a metal kit, it went together very well and being compensated just rolls through the pointwork. The wheels were downgraded from the 14mm Maunsels to some 12mm Hornby spoked examples as per the history and it is destined for the box marked 'possible light railway'. The East Kent had a pair of similar items, so not stretching the point too far. Some coupling bits and a paint job to do.
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