Previously, I produced a 1970s CIE 27101 series Skeleton Flat for 20 foot containers. Normally some lead shot is imbedded in the resin at casting time, but it caused some issues with the flanges of the I-section from which the solebar is made. So, we have left out the lead and the result is a much cleaner, more detailed result.

There is a price to pay, of course, the resulting wagon is rather light (10g rather than 20g for the “\old”). It will run empty and looks very good "parked" in a siding on your layout. I have tested the new skeleton on its own on my layout, both running and being shunted.


See below for the full kit - not too much to put together? About twenty parts and that includes the four parts per coupling plus housing! Spray or paint, then add transfers (supplied, but NOT the paint!) and put it into service with the satisfaction that you've made it yourself!


Partly to give ballast to the new skeleton,  I asked Michael to produce for me a more solid one-piece container  – so no building to do, just undercoat and paint it, then add the transfers. The new container is a nice solid 30g, an increase from the kit-built one (20g), . See photos below. Not the correct colour, of course, simply used to show the detail to advantage.

If you prefer an even heavier 20ft container flat (30g incidentally) I also offer a flat with a floor (in effect the chassis of the double beet wagon – which used the earlier 26xxx container flats. It is supplied with 27101 series numbers, as is the skeleton.

Please note that the skeleton is temporily out of stock - I sold the first batch very quickly! It's on order, but if you are always going to run your flat with a container, you might consider the simple "Flat" instead? 

Flat, or skeleton kit                       £22 (post paid)

One piece container                     £11 (postage extra)

Flat or skeleton with container      £32 (post paid)

You can see why this new container weighs 30 grams!

It may be heavier, but has still the same level of detail.


I repeat the original description here so that you get the whole story. This is a different container to those recently introduced by IRM - so you can have a bit of variety!

We have modelled a 1970 period Sundries Container, of which 200 were built in an endeavour to boost freight traffic. My researches suggest that the containers were built by McArdles of Dundalk around 1970. This company built several hundred containers for CIE around this period. This container had both side double doors and end doors, as can be seen above.

To carry it, we have made use of our model of the double beet wagon to produce another kit. Remember that the beet was built by placing two corrugated wagon bodies onto a 26xxx series container flat. The 1970s built 27xxx series was similar, except that it had no floor, but instead the skeleton underframe was visible. This has been the subject of an earlier kit (see CIE wagons)
Our new kit uses that same chassis, but WITHOUT the skeleton - you won't be able to see it anyway, UNDER A CONTAINER!

The colour of these containers is not easy to replicate, so the builder can have some fun. First, I sprayed the conainer with Halfords white undercoat (I think the grey would be better). Then,  I have tried both Precision Paints "CIE Brown" and a Humbrol "orange/brown" both of which give a reasonable result - probably a bit bright. There are few enough photos of the containers and, of course film colour can be deceptive; then of course, there is what we older types actually remember of the real thing!

The kit will come with transfers for the flat and the container. My illustration now shows the full set and includes specially commisioned transfers from RAILTEC of the container number and tare details; plus a "TIR" square for the end door. I apologise that my skills at transferring are not too great (last practised in the 1970s (?).

KIT                        £30 post paid

CONTAINER ONLY: The container kit now a single, heavy part plus the full transfer set.

KIT                        £11 plus postage   

However, if you order another wagon with this container, I will cut the price in line with my saving in postage in most cases, not postage would be charged for the container. 


Our best-selling

Double-height Beet Wagon

From above, note the internal struts

Side - the brake gear is DIFFERENT on each side, just like the real thing!

IR built these wagons at Limerick Works in 1985 by placing two bodies from the earlier corrugated-sided wagons on top of each other, the doors were (welded?) permanently secured and the new body was placed on a redundant 20ft container flat (25436 series), which was, of course, vacuum brake fitted.

We have not supplied end vacuum brake pipes with the kit, as these would get in the way of the model's coupler. If you are modelling finer scale with smaller couplings - feel free to add them!

The kit will come with transfers (not shown on the prototype above), for both the wagon numbers and overhaul / shopping dates.

Kit                       £28     

Five Kit Pack

£125 post paid to UK


Ballast Flat

Using the Bulleid triangulated chassis, in 1956 CIE built some 134 of these "Ballast Flats". In effect they were simply the chassis with transverse wooden beams crudely fitted to make a platform.

In July 1971, Brian Solomon photographed No.23318 being used to carry a new car to a country station - so we couldn't resist a relatively "easy win" and produce a kit of these wagons. Feel free to put a pile of sleepers, or whatever on it, or, as we show here - deliver a new vehicle to a local farmer!

The kit comes with Railtec Transfers with both the Builder's Plate and the stencilled number - as you can see above.

Kit                                £22

Bulleid 1953 Covered van

My tenth kit was the 12 ton van introduced on CIE by Oliver Bulleid in 1953. The van is on his famous triangulated chassis, previously seen on my earlier open wagon.

My kit is of the original unfitted van and comes with Flying Snail, or Broken Wheel transfers (your choice depending on the era you are modelling), plus correct numbers for this type of van.

After Steve at Railtec did such super transfers of builder's plates for my Ballast Flat, I have had builder's plates made for this van as well and your kit comes with the correct plate for the number transfer supplied.

If you bought a van kit from me before I updated the kit and would like plates for your van(s), I will supply these at no charge at exhibitions. Or, I will send you transfers for the cost of postage - just get in touch. REMEMBER - you will have to tell me WHICH number you require!

I will post a picture of the van with builder's plates and in the late 1960s livery later.

Price                  £25     

  Bulleid Corrugated-sided Wagon


Little wonder I have sold hundreds of these, as Michael Rayner has faithfully reproduced those corrugations in miniature and found a neat soluiton to the spindly brake gear - a super kit for a wagon seen everywhere in Ireland.


The illustration is of the prototype wagon which clearly shows the unusual triangulated chassis, patented by Oliver Bulleid and his chief draughtsman at the Southern Railway - Lionel Lynes. Corrugations in and outside, plus a plated floor as in the real thing. Count the bolt heads!! Note the Builder's Plate and the representation of a consignment clip.

The wagon was introduced in 1956 in this form and was built to the tune of over two thousand wagons, of which 1,000 were still in use by the end of the 1970s. They were used on all manner of traffic, but latterly extensively as Beet wagons for the annual Beet Campaign.

Apart from the brake gear (PARTLY formed of a re-bent staple (supplied, of course!), this should be a very easy kit to build as body and triangulated chassis will be a single casting!

NO transfers are supplied as the original wagons merely had a stencilled number on the left hand triangulation and it would be so small as to be unreadable. In any event, in real life it quickly disappeared under a coating of muck, oil etc!!

Number series was 11817 to 14672.

Kit              £24      

While building a small supply of ready to run wagons for me, Nelson Jackson answered a request from a customer to produce an opening door verison of this iconic wagon. He wasn't the first, as Kieran Lagan had previously produced an open door version of my cattle van for a little scene on his famous layout.

It shows how my kits can be seen a merely a starter for your imagination!


                        BEER Tanks

Tanks alone (excludes postage)  




Postage is extra, but if ordered with another kit, there will be no extra charge.  


The hand made GNR brake van, as it would have run in CIE days (after 1958 and probably up to mid-sixties). CIE appear to have just crudely painted out the GN and added the fabled Flying Snail to the left hand panel, as seen here. As they had lots of modern steel brake vans of their own, the ex-GNR ones don't seem to have lasted long on CIE metals!

Kit                £30  

CIE Gunpowder Van - NOW SOLD OUT. The van is based on a photo taken by Ger McMahon at Tralee in the 1970s. It appears to be a gunpowder van, but may by then have been in traffic as just another van. If I can unearth any better description, I'll include it here. It offers a break from the usual profile of vans which CIE had.

Note that this is just a scan!

Limited edition of 108 wagons.


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