I had started to wonder some time ago whether my more recent O9 industrial models, such as the Drewery-bash loco and some open wagons on Black Dog Mining chassis, were a journey in the wrong direction. Although that project including a replacement flat wagon (on Hudson chassis) for the 'Shifting Sands' fleet, that didn't work out as planned, and I was perhaps a bit too hasty in whipping chassis away from the 'Shifting Sands' works fleet. What was required were new miniature railway style wagons.
At Narrow Gauge North I had picked up an old example of the Black Dog Mining WA01 chassis frame to fit over a Peco 10ft wheelbase wagon chassis. With the odd half hour to spare each day during my first week of paternity leave I used this as a basis to create a body based on the ex-Sutton Miniature Railway 'Loco Coal' wagon that lives in the Griffin Hall museum at Cleethorpes.
|(L) Sutton style 'Loco Coal' wagon (R) Cleethorpes style general-purpose wagon|
The other wagon illustrated is a revival of the 'Shifting Sands' wagon that used to carry two oil drums. Shorn of it's newer industrial drop-side body this has received a new, simpler body based upon two of the Cleethorpes works fleet. The eagle eyed will see that the body is slightly short of the chassis length - this is deliberate in order to make it look different from the normal Black Dog products.
These little projects have kept me occupied at a time when starting something new is all to daunting, I must get around to painting them!