31 May 2019
Our first Passenger vehicle kit
The new vehicle will not be a surprise if you've been following the website and announcements at shows. It is a GNR(I) Class Y5 Passenger van.
Originally built as a Bread van, this vehicle was altered by Dundalk to replace the side double doors by a sliding door, as can be seen. It was subsequently intended as a "luggage" van. While the vans were fitted, they were not intended to be a guard's van and did not have the usual Guard's controls for the vacuum brake of the train.
They were a typical "tail" van on secondary lines, carrying all manner of sundries traffic. One or two lasted into the diesel era and could be seen being pulled by AEC, or BUT railcars in UTA days.
The kit comes with GNR transfers, incuding the order that that the van was NOT to be used on Goods trains! Several numbers in the series are available.
UTA Spoil Wagon
With the Bangor Exhibition coming up, I have produced a modest quantity of this popular kit of a truly iconic wagon. See UTA Wagons for a full description.
Still available -
Ex-GSWR 10 ton Goods Brake Van We've introduced this kit as a perfect partner to the 00 Works Class J15 0-6-0 (still available, by the way).
Built from about 1890 onwards, these modest brake vans were to be seen all over the Great Southern and Western Railway system, continuing into Great Southern days and finally CIE until the early 1960s! They were almost as long-lived as the locomotives which pulled them. A perfect partner for your 00 Works J15?
I have photographs in my possession of this type still in use on branch lines in the late 1950s, early 1960s - incuding one on a goods train hauled by a little G Class diesel!
Available as a kit with GSWR transfers and optional CIE Flying Snails (CIE appear to have crudely painted out the GSWR and applied the famous snail on the guard's lookout ducket.
Kit £33 or €37 Post Paid
And of course our UTA Brown Van - Every Ulster home should have one!
The kit of the Ulster Transport Authority "Brown Van" is still
Note the detail underneath - right down to the little supports for that very wide body. This is a very big vehicle!
This version was built in the late 1940s after WW2 by the Authority's workshops at Dunmurry and Harland and Wolff.
They were to be seen all over the former Northern Counties (NCC) lines and VERY occasionally on Great Northern lines after the UTA took over the northern part of that railway. Mainly used to carry postal, perishable and sundries traffic on the NCC both attached to passenger trains and on specific trains like the "Perishables" from Larne Harbour. They would have been steam hauled at first but latterly by the Multi Purpose Diesels railcars.
Des Sullivan of Studio Scale Models who has produced the transfers for me. Five numbers as carried by these vans, from new through to the UTA renumbering (in the early 1960s?), are available - 1825, 1830, 1888, 1889 and 1895. Those with a good knowledge of railway history will see why I have chosen those numbers!
Kit Price £29.00
Also available NOW, the CIE equivalent (?) -
See the Link below to order your very own Irish steam loco from Roderick and Rebecca Bruce of 00 Works. The "101" - or J15 Class as they were better known - ran all over the former GS&WR lines of CIE until the early 1960s. The locomotives are expected to be available in the last quarter of 2018..
Our GS&WR Brake Van is intended to help you complete your own Irish goods train as would have run in late 1950s or early 1960s - just add our corrugated open and "H" vans!
Last year they produced very fine models of the GNR U and UG Classes. Many people missed out, as Roderick builds strictly to cover known orders
- so don't miss out again!
IF you are still in the hunt for a Class UG 0-6-0, get in touch with me as I am making a list of potential buyers of a PLAIN Black loco. A rerun in this guise is a possibility in about a year's time.
PLEASE NOTE: The Sterling prices quoted throughout my site are firm, but Euro prices are indicative. If you tell me what you want, I will issue a sterling invoice and convert it to Euros using that day' rate. All prices include postage.
As always, I will offer a little discount on orders over 3 kits, as I save on postage. Write and ask for a quote.This is especially true of Euroland prices, as the Royal Mail charges to send a single kit to Europe are much higher than to the UK - so order more than one kit at a time and get the kits cheaper!
If you are modelling on 21mm gauge, we will supply without the chassis and wheels and suitably reduce the price.
HEALTH WARNING: Some kits come with a uniform set of instructions - namely those written for the GNR Cattle wagon, which has sold pretty well in this form. So beware, you will have to work out what is what on the other wagons - that said, most kits are just over a dozen parts!
The Brake vans, H van, Bulleid open, Beet, Container flats and new GNR vans have entirely new instructions provided.
As is common with resin kits, you will have to clean up the castings before use - take a look at the photo of the Cattle Kit on the GNR pages. You will need a modeller's knife or two, files and a simple twist drill with a few drill bits.
Book of interest to modellers?
Below, see a description of a new book detailing the GNR(I)'s carriage stock as at 1944.
GNR Carriage Book
This book is in two parts - the first a near exact reproduction of the internal list given to GNR staff giving details of the Company's rolling stock. The second
part gives new builds after 1944; major rebuilds; coaches acquired from Britain; the post war railcars; alterations made to carriages; disposal and withdrawal dates.
A MINE of information!
A must for any GNR modeller! 32 pages of A4 (the original was A5, so this is a lot easier to read!
Proceeds to the 171 Appeal
Available from me, post paid for
£5 or €7.50 (sorry, high postage!)
Note on Euro and postal rates
The Euro rate causes a problem for anyone working across borders, as I do. Please take any Euro prices as guidance. I will convert the sterling price for any order to the mid Euro rate at the time when you place an order.
If you buy multiple wagons from me, I can almost certainly save a little on postage and pass that on.
Old news - but a useful reminder, now being widely used -
I have now got my Euro Account at the Ulster Bank in Monagahan up and running. See "ordering from us" for full details - no more Paypal surcharges!
Who are we?
Now, for new viewers, the original introduction from 2007, so you know just what Provincial Wagons is about! Since then, I have produced and sold over 4,000 wagons, which are running on layouts as far apart as Ireland, Norway, Canada and New Zealand.
My name is Leslie McAllister and I hope over time to be worthy of my chosen trading name Provincial Wagons, by producing replicas of wagons from the railways of all four of Ireland’s provinces. Our first wagons were be from Leinster and Ulster, the provinces through which the Great Northern Railway of Ireland ran.
While there are a number of model Irish locomotives available, there was very little for them to pull! To date, a number of people have approached the problem with wagon and coach kits. There are also a number of ready-to-run passenger vehicles. Not everyone has the skill to build a whitemetal or brass kit, so Provincial Wagons has looked at other ways to produce model wagons to pull behind the locomotives which many of us have collected over the years.
A chance meeting with Martin Dean, late proprietor of Wessex Wagons, who just happens to be an enthusiast for the railways of the Emerald Isle, encouraged me to produce some Irish outline wagons using the “specially commissioned wagon” route.
Another name must be mentioned - David White. He had been looking at the possibility of commissioning exact scale models of Irish wagons, but discovered that the set-up costs were pretty prohibitive, so that must wait! He has been instrumental in encouraging me to get started on this venture and continues to give enthusiastic advice and input.
After commissioning a number of British wagons in Irish colours (see Previous Wagons), we began to produce kits of scale wagons and that is where we are today.
Key to that was meeting Michael Rayner, a very skilled modeller based on the Isle of Wight! His "Smallbrook Studio" models have a well-deserved fame of their own.
Michael masters and then produces kits in resin. All of my kits to date are from his skilled hands.
Provincial Wagons has been created because of my interest in Irish Railways. This grew from railway modelling activities in my ‘teens. When a railway society was formed at my school, I joined to gain an insight into “the real thing”. My interest in railways blossomed from there and my travels in search of working steam have taken me to about 25 countries. (I have detailed logs to prove it!). I have served twenty years on the RPSI’s council and am currently the publications officer for the Irish Railway Record Society in London. Although my greatest love is the steam engine, I am first and foremost a railway enthusiast, so my model collection includes a very large number of diesels and electrics (and steam, of course!) from countries for which I have a particular affection. My first Irish models were two railcar sets in Great Northern colours. The steam engines, built from Terry McDermott’s excellent kits followed. Now, I want wagons to pull behind them and while there are kits of some wagons, the time to get them built and the cost encouraged me to look at other ways to populate my trains!