GNR(I) Wagons

About the GN vans - about a couple of year ago, Alan Edgar presented me with a trio of ten ton vans (about a quarter longer than my existing 9 ton van), based on a master he had created for a Resin Modelling course. Using this master, Michael Rayner has added a suitable chassis to created not one, but two new kits. Thanks, Alan for a great master!

They were based on the 1921 Railway Clearing House design intended as a standard van for Irish railways, but, as far as I can discover, only the GN built them (as Diagram 13).

Two hundred of them were rebuilt (by the simple expediency of adding an second skin of wood inside! And a 3" tongue and groove floor!) in 1938 to Diagram 14 as unfitted Bagged Cement vans and it is in this guise that the first of my two new kits will appear. Of course, these vans would have been superseded by the 1954 vans built for cement traffic, (my first wagon, for those of you with long memories) but would have remained in service as standard vans to the end of the GN.

Unfitted van kit                      £24       

The second rebuild was in 1943 when a hundred further vans were rebuilt as fitted vans for use on passenger trains. This was to diagram 17. These vans were finished in the distinctive bauxitge livery, denoting their vacuum brake fitted status. This will be my second new kit.

Fitted van kit                           £25       


15 ton Locomotive Coal Wagon

© Provincial Wagons and Smallbrook Studio 2013

This is a model of a new locomotive coal wagon built by the railway at its Dundalk Works from July 1946 onwards.. A total of fifty wagons were built to Diagram 44 in batches of eight, every two months, until the order was completed on 24 January 1947. They replaced an earlier 1911 design.

They would have been seen at most of the Company’s locomotive sheds, large or small, having been worked to there from either Belfast or Dublin on normal good trains. As seen on our model, they were lettered up for return to their home port. At the dissolution of the GNR in 1957, they would have been split between the UTA and CIE. The CIE wagons would have had a short life, thereafter, as dieselisation was in full swing and the need for steam coal was minimal. The UTA ones would have continued in use until 1965 or 1966.

Your choice of "Return to Belfast" or "Return to Dublin", depending on where your shed is! Several different numbers will be available!
The KIT includes pretty well everything you require, including wheels, Dapol-style couplings and transfers.

             Kit                                £25        


Seen all over Ireland (there's even film of them in the Guinness brewery!), so useful loads for steam or diesel locos. I'll do a version with the Flying Snail when the GN men have been fulfilled! They lasted until about 1970.


                  Kit                          £24      


6 Ton Cattle Wagon

This wagon was built to Diagram 20 at Dundalk Works from 1903 onwards. The first batch of 151 wagons was completed by 1915; further batches followed - 65 in 1920-23; 20 in 1930 -1; 50 in 1945-1949 and a final 50 wagons in 1952 -5. The side planking was adjusted to the format of our model in about 1938. The diagram is annotated “To carry 6 tons”, presumably six cattle.

They were to be seen everywhere in GN territory and were notably used to transport cattle to Maysfields depot in Belfast from where they were herded through the streets to the cross-channel ships.

                         KIT                   £25

And here's one Patrick Quinn made earlier -
Doesn't it look really good? Well done Patrick!



Diagram 40 GNR(I) 20 ton brake van

Our standard van (right above) is almost exactly as these vans were built in the 1940s. Each van comes with a note of when it was built and where it went after the dissolution of the GNR in 1958. The standard model retains the white roof, although they did become black or grey later (feel free to weather it!) The cream interior appears to have survived to the end of the GN, so is retained on the model, as are the white handrails, even though these were later grey - again, you can always dirty them! It will be pretty close to the official Duffner photo, shown below. A small choice of numbers will be offered and the number will also be carried on the ends, as per prototype as built.

Edward Friel, one of the team which restored No.81 for the RPSI, very kindly provided me with a very thorough resume of the liveries carried at various times. I will include a precis of that with each wagon, so that you can "weather" it to suit your period.

This is not a mass-produced wagon, such as I have produced before. It is a handmade wagon, brilliantly produced in batches to my specifications by Michael Rayner of the Smallbrook Studio. So, the price may raise eyebrows - but you must remember that it is hand made, throughout. AND you get a pretty unique wagon, to boot. Indeed, Alan O'Rourke, editor of "New Irish Lines" said it was the first true ready to run model Irish wagon!

The van is modelled in resin, with Dapol disc wheels and the latest Dapol style couplings, in their NEM pockets.

Available now

Standard van in GNR(I) livery as built

I can usually offer a choice of numbers.

The valid numbers for this type of van were, in order of building -

1, 2, 13, 19, 21, 25, 26, 32, 43, 44, 4,6 ,9, 23, 22, 45, 46, 51, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 84, 14, 16, 18, 27, 33, 41, 80, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91.

                Kit                          £30    



Unpainted Bread Containers with your choice of four Belfast and a Derry bakery transfers

Note that the Inglis container has a black roof and a very good rendition of the complex shadowed lettering.

Don't believe me? Look closer!
and now completing the quartet - McComb and Windsor

The containers are hand-made in resin and jolly heavy - 20 plus grammes each, so useful ballast for the wagon. Likewise, hand painted and transfers applied. Hughes lettering (remember originally it would have been done by a sign writer) goes right across the doors, so there will be slight imperfection where the transfer impinges on the door fastenings and handle - can't be helped. At a distance, you can't really see it, but a digital image is pretty unforgiving and does not show it as you would normally view it on your layout, so allow a little latitude!

The carriage of bread by rail container was a unique Ulster thing - I know of no comparable service, elsewhere. The night goods from Belfast invariably had up to a dozen conflats, each with two containers, sometimes for the same bakery, but often mixed. So, a few should look just right on your Great Northern area goods train, whatever GN station(s) you are modelling. They DID stray into Cos Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

Belfast bakery containers

                                Price to be announced        

postage extra, although waived if ordering other kits.


 This Derry bakery had several containers and we offer a few different numbers. A very colourful addition to your layout? After some debate, we've decided that the white lettering is correct and that is the only colour planned.

Conflat for these containers is now out of stock

BREWSTER Bread Container

Out of stock at present


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