Photo Patrick Davey

Great Northern Railway of Ireland Bagged Cement Van N0.21, repeated in 2009 as No.2229 and then in early CIE livery. The wagon which started it all.
ALL THREE versions sold out!

One of the vans specially constructed for bagged cement traffic from the cement factory at Drogheda. It was built at Dundalk to Diagram 145A and joined the Company’s stock in 1956.

The vans were to be seen all over the GNR system, on CIE and the SL&NCR. At the dissolution of the GNR in 1958, all went to CIE, who simply added the suffix “N” to the GNR number.

They were unusually large for Ireland at that time – most other vans were of 10 tons capacity. Also, unusually for Ireland, the handbrake acted on both axles. So for once, a British outline model is very close to the Irish prototype. Our model comes with disc wheels, like the original van.

A total of 138 of these wagons were built between 1954 and 1956 and the modeller can easily represent another wagon in this series by dabbing out the first "2", as no.229 was another member of the series.
Photo Dapol

Great Northern Railway of Ireland

Open Coal Wagon No. 3164

Photo Dapol

Great Northern Railway of Ireland

Open Coal Wagon No.5558

Photo Dapol

Great Northern Railway of Ireland Container Truck No.1997 with Furniture Container No.1, later repeated as No.4287 with Container No.4.

Photo Patrick Davey

East Downshire Steamship Company Limited 10 ton Coal Wagon No.14, later repeated as No.2 with full strapping highlighted.

Photo Chris James

Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties RailwayCattle wagon No.158, which was modelled complete with end numbers, as per prototype. A similar wagon, No.110, was also produced.

Courtesy Dapol

This van as an ex-LMS(NCC) 12 ton van from the 2400 series. A hundred of these LMS vans were imported from the parent company to replace wagons lost during World War 2, when the NCC's York Road headquarters was heavily damaged by air raids.

Ours was offered in Ulster Transport Authority livery, which they bore after the nationalisation of the NCC in 1948. Being a fitted van, it is in a distinctive livery to highlight this fact. Photos (and memory!) show the livery these vans carried as near-orange and we have tried to replicate this. In fact, most were very dirty in their latter days ans if this van sells well, a weathered version might be offered later.

They were seen in goods trains on UTA and CIE lines until about 1965, when UTA goods traffic largely ceased.

Now repeated in 2011 as No.2459.


Photo Courtesy Dapol Ltd

In the early 1960s, the UTA renewed about 300 wagons, at the Adelaide, Belfast Wagon Works (part of the Loco shed complex). Some of these wagons were intended for use on the contract to supply coal to Courtauld's at Carrickfergus. They were separately numbered in a "C" series, of which C85 is one.

Yes, the strapping really was brown! A very colourful model and Dapol have got the red livery very close to how I remember it. Fitted with Dapol's new, smaller couplings.

These wagons were to be seen all over the UTA's railways and on cross-border goods trains until 1965, so they will have been hauled by all of CIE's early diesels, up to and including the General Motors B (141) Class.

Open Coal wagon No.107

Produced for the North Down exhibition at Bangor in 2009, I sold nearly half the run at the exhibiiton alone! So don't let it get away! Just a few left, as I type this. A nice wagon which is instantly recognisable in a train by its dark grey livery. Dapol has managed some nice detail, see below - even the distinctive B&CDR Load plate.

At the dissolution of the GNR(I) in 1958, the wagon fleet was divided between the Ulster Transport Authority and Coras Iompair Eireann. This open wagon ended up with CIE.

On 3rd November 1960 it was captured on film at Bandon on the former Cork Bandon and South Coast Railway, by the estimable John Langford. It is in this guise that we represent the wagon. It was on an Up Goods, hauled by a green C202 (as now modelled by Silver Fox).

It is still carrying its GNR lettering and as was the custom, simply the stencilled letters "CIE". If you want to use it as a pure GNR wagon, a daub of grey paint will complete an easy conversion!

Just for a change, it came with a timber load!

It has Dapol's new, smaller, tension lock couplings, very reminiscent of Fleischmann's earlier couplings which I have always thought were on the best around.

CIE Skeleton Wagon for beer tubs
CIE built a series of these wagons in the early 1960s to carry beer in bulk mainly from Dublin to Belfast and Londonderry. Our model is NOT a true scale model, but is a close approximation of this distinctive type of wagon. The photo shows the prototype wagon - I forgot to photograph the actual wagon (no different!) from this angle! Several numbers are available, if you want a small rake of these. From photographs, they only appear to have carried numbers, and no other designation at all!

The wagon is a handmade insert in a standard Dapol chassis of approximately the correct length, then painted bauxite and numbered in the correct series.
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