Our productive Wagon Project team is now working on several fronts, so this section of the website is intended to highlight some of the more recently introduced models. We have been producing exclusive wagon kits since 1986, and then extended our range to include Ready to Run (RTR) wagons with the launch in 2009 of the highly successful Stove R 6-wheeled van. Our next innovation was our first Ready To Plant (RTP) building launched in 2011.
With new kits, upgrades to established kits and new liveries of existing RTR wagons, our range continues to grow, ensuring that members can continue to add variety to their layouts.
- Kits for beginners and experienced modellers
- Distinctive RTR wagons
- From pre-Grouping to the present day
Ready to Run 6 - Thompson BG
In 1947 the LNER built three (10-12) steel-sided 63' gangwayed brake coaches to Diagram 344 to carry luggage on the Flying Scotsman and other crack East Coast expresses. The following year, 7 more were built (13-19), and in 1950 a further 10 (141/3-6, 53-7, 159-63)), making a total of 25. The first few were fitted with narrow rectangular windows, however corrosion issues led to later versions being built with rounded ends, and some of the earlier vehicles were similarly modified.
During the late 1960s they were cascaded into parcels and departmental service, straying far from the Eastern Region, before withdrawal in the late 1970s. At least one has survived into preservation.
Our model is manufactured by Graham Farish and features flush glazing, NEM couplers on close-coupling mounts, wire handrails and numerous extra detail parts - including vacuum cylinders, brake gear and underframe components.
The liveries on offer have been selected to reflect the attractive lines and long lives of these stylish vehicles. The images here are representative.
1) LNER simulated teak livery as applied to those built initially for express trains. When built these had solebar covers fitted (that were later removed). Unfortunately for cost reasons these will not be replicated.
2) BR Crimson and Cream. Some received this livery for running in crack express trains such as The Flying Scotsman.
3) Standard NPCCS livery for the early BR period was plain crimson.
4) From 1957 many were repainted into plain maroon (see 6 below), and most were subsequently lined.
5) From 1966 all those remaining were repainted into BR Blue. They lasted until the 1977.
6) BR Plain Maroon. (This livery was added to those available w.e.f.14th October.)
As from December 2016 this model became available for purchase online at www.ngsjoin.com.
Ready to Run 5 - Collett Full Brake
The Collett K41/K42 BGs were introduced by the GWR in the 1930s and lasted into the 1990s in Departmental use. During their long lives they carried GWR pre and post-war chocolate and cream and plain brown, British Railways crimson, crimson and cream and maroon and BR Blue. They also found their way into departmental use, in the Old Oak Common breakdown train, in the Fisons' weedkiller train, and in Enparts services.
Our model is being manufactured by Dapol, and will feature separate flush glazing, NEM couplers on close-coupling mounts, wire handrails and numerous extra detail parts - including vacuum cylinders, brake gear and underframe components. The liveries have been selected to reflect the attractive lines and long lives of these stylish vehicles.
1. GWR Lined Chocolate and Cream (109) Era 3 & 4 - **SOLD OUT**
2. GWR Unlined Chocolate (181) Era 3 & 4
3. BR Lined Crimson and Cream (W152) Era 4 & 5
4. BR Unlined Crimson (W106W) Era 4 & 5
5. BR Lined Maroon (W112W) Era 5 & 6
6. BR Blue (W141W) Era 6, 7 & 8
7. Olive Green "ENPARTS" (ADB 975157) Era 6, 7 & 8
8. GWR chocolate and cream (147) Era 3 & 4
Kit 54b: KSA timber wagons
The NGS's kit of the ex-Rover KSA-A “cube” wagons, now converted to timber carriers was released at the York show 2014. The prototype wagons were manufactured by Rautaruukki of Finland in 1995 for the Rover car company for the secure transportation of car components between plants.
In 2011, a batch of KSAs was acquired by wagon leasing firm Nacco and converted for use as timber carriers; this involved replacing the sliding hoods with heavy-duty stanchions. The wagons have been repainted and are now in service with Colas on timber traffic from Cornwall, South Wales and the North to a paper and board factory at Chirk.
The model was tooled by Parkside Dundas and features injection moulded chassis and ends. Kit 54b represents the timber carrier, and includes a set of injection moulded stanchions and is supplied with one-piece injection moulded bogies, etched detail parts and decals.
Kit 46 - BR Bogie Bolster E with Turbot option
Released at the Society AGM on 1st June 2013 at Poynton – Kit 46 BR Bogie Bolster E with Turbot option. This kit contains the re-tooled ex Parkwood Models mouldings, Gloucester bogies complete with couplings, wheels and springs, turned brass buffer heads and dedicated transfers as well as comprehensive instructions.
These kits are available from the Society Shop or from the Society Stand at exhibitions.
NGK900 St. Ives Corn Exchange building (Ready to Place model)
Our first ready to place building was produced in association with Graham Farish "Scenecraft" and the subject chosen was St Ives Corn Exchange - the venue of the NGS 2011 Annual General Meeting. It is supplied in a sturdy window box and includes a pre-printed commemorative "NGS AGM" banner for the modeller to attach, if desired.
The model was first available to those attending the 2011 AGM and is now available to other members. The members-only price is £18.50 per building (+ P&P) - a price that compares well with other items in the Scenecraft range.
This is a limited edition run of only 750 models. This particular building will not be rerun. It this new departure for the NGS is popular, it is hoped that future AGMs may be marked in a similar way.
Corn Exchanges are found across Britain and traditionally offered farmers and merchants a location to trade cereals and other general merchandise. During the last century, many were converted for use as municipal offices or for public entertainment.
St Ives Corn Exchange was built in 1858 and is a fairly typical design. Although attractive and functional in its own right, and ideal for the collector, when positioned on the layout the model will offer an ideal centre-piece for any small or medium sized community.
Possible uses of the model include bank, building society, post office, wine bar or even a night club!
NGK451-458 LMS 50' Inspection Saloon (RTR4)
The N Gauge Society’s LMS Inspection Saloon has been voted N Gauge Coach Model of the Year for 2012 by the readers of Model Rail magazine, RM Web and MR Express magazine.
During the 1940s the LMS constructed several 50' saloons to enable senior managers, engineers and the railway’s guests the opportunity to inspect the line in style!
To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the N Gauge Society has produced a 1:148 scale model of these iconic and attractive vehicles. It’s our most ambitious ready-to-run item yet and as Inspection Saloons were often towed or propelled on their own, it offers members a complete train in one box!
The Ready to Run model
Our model is manufactured by Graham Farish/Bachmann, with separate flush glazing, a fully detailed interior, NEM couplers on close-coupling mounts and numerous extra details - including air horns and steam or diesel era tail-lamps as appropriate. The eight liveries originally on offer were carefully selected to reflect the long, distinguished and colourful lives of the LMS Inspection Saloons from their introduction to the present day.
(BR Blue/Grey sold out March 2013)
Four of the eight launch versions are shown, from left to right: LMS lined maroon, BR carmine and cream, BR blue grey and EWS maroon.
NGK441-446 Queen Mary brake van (RTR3)
|SR Brown/Vermillion. This model represents the doyenne of the type, dating from 1936. The vermillion will be slightly enriched on the final models.|
|Note the white-painted wheel rims.|
|BR Bauxite - early version. This model features the earlier, lighter shade of BR Bauxite and Gill Sans lettering. It has no electrification flashes.|
BR Bauxite - late version. From the mid 60s a darker shade of bauxite was used, and boxed numbers in Rail Alphabet were introduced. This model also incorporates the then-new electrification flashes.
|BR Engineers' Olive. This model has the eye-catching hazard stripes on each end. It also features both air and vacuum brakes as befits a vehicle with the TOPS code YTX. Note the correct painted solebar.|
|CE Engineers' Dutch. This model features the popular sector era civil engineers livery of grey with a upper bodyside yellow band that became known as "Dutch" due to its resemblance to the livery applied to some trains in the Netherlands.|
EWS. EWS retained a few Queen Mary brake vans for propelling moves along branch lines, or for occasional use elsewhere. Our version features air brakes but no sandbins and correctly has slightly different lettering on each side. This particular wagon saw service from the West of England right up to Scotland.
|The models feature considerable attention to detail, from the precise hazard flashing on the ends of the Engineers' Olive version, following each angled panel, to the separately fitted air pipe along the solebar of the EWS version which has been, correctly, picked out in white.|
NGK012b,c - BDV/BDW Bogie Bolster - eras 5,6,7,8,9.
Above is Kit 12b as a Bogie Bolster D on Davis and Lloyd bogies
Above is Kit 12b as a BDV on Davis and Lloyd bogies
Above is Kit 12c as a departmental YYW on plateback bogies
Our current kit 12 builds the BR BDA air-braked bogie bolster wagon. Prior to this many were vacuum braked and fitted with Davis and Lloyd, Plateback or Gloucester bogies. Our kit 12b is supplied with our Gloucester bogies (which are visually almost identical to the Davis and Lloyd versions) and kit 12c is supplied with Plateback bogies. Both come with a new decal sheet, cast vacuum cylinders and comprehensive etched details.
NGK-42 BR Independent Snowplough (RTR2)
Our Ready-To-Run BR Independent Snowplough was released at the 2010 Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC.
The variants available are:
NGK421 BR Plain Black
When introduced in the early 1960s initial builds carried this livery. Our model is DB 965206. (Era 5)
NGK422 BR Black with hazard stripes
By the mid 1960s Snowploughs had yellow stripes on the blade and warning panels on the rear face. Our model is DB 965225 in colours based on photographs from 1965. (Eras 5, 6)
NGK423 BR Blue
In the 1970s some Snowploughs received the corporate image BR Blue colours. This example - ADB 965240 - was based on the western region and carried these colours into the early 1990s - though by then orange cantrail stripes had been added. (Eras 6, 7, 8)
NGK424 BR Black with Highland Stag
ADB 965208 when based at Inverness depot was embellished with "Highland Rail" stag vinyls, and characteristic grey plough face, as depicted on this model. (Era 8)
NGK425 BR Black 1970s/80s
Although some Snowploughs received blue during the corporate era, many remained in black. This version represents ADB 965196 as photographed in the late 70s and early 80s. (Eras 7, 8)
NGK426 RfD "Snow King" Tinsley Depot Special
In the 1980s sectorisation era, Tinsley depot turned out Snowploughs ADB 965308 and ADB 965309 in the attractive colours of Trainload freight with Distribution squadron repeater markings, and named "Snow King" and "Snow Queen". Our model depicts ADB 965308 "Snow King." In later years this version was given a cast metal Tinsley depot plaque; though we have omitted it for greater flexibility.
NGK427 Railtrack Black
Privatisation saw the fleet of snowploughs (by now coded ZZA under TOPS) inherited by Railtrack. They refurbished and repainted each one and fitted a curved icicle breaker to the roof. This is included in the packaging for the modeller to fit. To enable two of these models to represent two different vehicles when prototypically placed back to back on the layout, this model will be numbered ADB965210 on one side and ADB965236 on the other, though the liveries are identical on both sides.
NGK428 Network Rail black
The final model in our initial production run brings the snowploughs right up to date in the contemporary colours of Network Rail - identical to those of NGK42-007 bar the Network Rail decal that obscures the former Railtrack branding. As above, and in response to the membership, this model will be numbered ADB965232 on one side and ADB965243 on the other.
NGK430 Eastfield Scotty Dog
An additional livery ordered from the supplier since the original launch.
NGK429 Tinsley RfD "Snow Queen"
An additional livery ordered from the supplier since the original launch.
The picture below shows, left to right, new 'Snow Queen' livery, re-ordered BR Black livery, re-ordered BR Black with hazard stripes, and new Eastfield Scotty Dog livery.
NGK341-345 Stove R 6 wheeled van (RTR1)
This is the first N Gauge Society full ready-to-run (RTR) wagon. The Society commissioned Dapol Ltd. to design and manufacture it exclusively for the NGS.
The N Gauge society owns all the rights to the tooling and Dapol will only produce these N gauge models for the N Gauge Society, and no-one else.
The LMS Stove R saw service with the LMS, British Railways and BR. Built in the 1930s the Stove R was a 6 wheeled gangwayed guard's brake van. They were used on parcel, newspaper and milk trains. Many survived into the 1970s in departmental use.
Illustrated are three of the painted and decorated samples from the eleven livery/number combinations - British Railways Crimson, Maroon, and Crimson & Cream.
The success of this model has required us to order extra quantities, beyond the initial production of 3,000 Stove Rs. Further stocks of the very successful Crimson and Cream livery were obtained in time for the 2011 AGM, and we also commissioned a version in the attractive Pullman livery which has been applied by the Bluebell Railway to its preserved Stove R.
NGK 346 - Stove R 6-wheel chassis only (RTR)
The succesful and distinctive 6-wheeled chassis developed for our Ready to Run (RTR) Stove R project is now available as a stand-alone chassis.
It features close-coupling and NEM coupling pockets, and is proving popular with more adventurous modellers!
The NGS shop number is NGK 346
NGK 027b - YSA/YWA "Salmon" track carrier - post 1998.
In 1998, a large number of Salmon track wagons were fitted with upgraded bogies to improve running and reliability. This kit, which is based on our existing Salmon kit, is supplied with a new decal sheet, a new sheet of photo-etched details and NGS Gloucester bogies which are visually a close match for the ASF bogies on the prototype.
Also available is NGK043 - the YKA "Osprey" conversion.
In 2009, a number of rebuilt Salmons were further converted into YKA "Osprey" wagons with the addition of sturdy end and centre frames to allow standard track panels to be carried without time-consuming strapping down.
Our model features its own decal set, whitemetal stanchions mastered by renowned N Gauge modeller Bernard Taylor of TPM and an etched jig to ensure consistend and accurate placement of the additional parts.
The Osprey has been designed to be compatible with "Easitrac" moulded 2mm finescale track for those who wish to depict their wagons loaded.
NGK311 Wooden crate load
A simple kit, consisting of five layers of laser-cut plastic, building into a distinctive load for a wagon such as NGK031, the Weltrol MC machine wagon.