What’s in the Shops: Worth their salt – Dapol fleet wagons

Dapol has released two brilliant models of private-owner salt wagons on its new O-gauge 9ft RCH underframe. 

Salt from the Cheshire and Staffordshire area was an important source of traffic for the railways in the first half of the 20th century, when numerous small operations and family-owned concerns such as Stubbs and Company operated small fleets of their own wagons.

As time went on, in what was described as the chemical revolution, many companies merged or were acquired by larger holdings to become the really big chemical companies of the latter half of the century. 

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Other features include metal split-spoke wheels and sprung buffers.

The liveries of Stubbs & Company, along with Chance and Hunt, are those featured on the two nine-plank gable-roofed salt vans recently released in O gauge by Dapol, but it’s the bright red of the former that was featured on the review model, which utilises Dapol’s new 9ft RCH underframe with oil axle boxes, split-spoke wheels and external bracing on the solebars.

For the full article and to view more images, see the April 2019 edition of Modelling – available now!

For a complete list of stockists and how to get your copy, visit: www.railwaymagazinemodelling.co.uk/distributors

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