These 2ft gauge, wooden bodied open wagons were originally built as ‘Type O’ open wagons for the Otavi Minen und Eisenbahn Gesellschaft (OMEG), in former German South West Africa (now Namibia). During the early part of the First World War, Union of South Africa forces drove the Germans out and seized control of this line. What they inherited was in a badly run-down condition and with few resources available they had to adopt a ‘make do and mend’ approach to see what could be recovered.
As a result, 39 vehicles were refurbished with new bodywork as NG-8-D-11 or NG-8- D-13; the only difference between them being the journal sizes. Over the following years all of the rebuilt vehicles were fitted with vacuum brakes in line with standard South African Railways practice. In 1926 the Kakamas and Seymor branches were completed in the ‘Union’ and all of the rebuilt vehicles were transferred to these lines. After the Second World War the Kakamas and Seymor branches were widened to Cape Gauge and the wagons were transferred to the Avontuur branch, where they were in service well into the 1970s.
The kit is highly detailed, including both internal and external planking as well as correct pattern leaf spring bogie frames and dummy brake rigging. It also incorporates Resurgam proven ‘hidden slot and tab’ construction for easy and accurate construction. Naturally suited to SAR modellers, they would make a particularly good accompaniment to the upcoming Accucraft ‘Lawley’, with the prototypes having most certainly worked with them on the Kakamas and Seymor Branches.
Compared to other SAR stock, these vehicles have a much shorter wheelbase and at just over 260mm long over the headstocks in model form, would make an excellent small to medium sized bogie wagon on any garden line.
- 16mm Scale Laser Cut Kit available in MDF or Plywood
- Proven, hidden slot and tabs construction for easy and accurate assembly
- Dummy Brake Detail
- Copper wire is supplied to make the handrails and handles
- Includes 'Otavi Leaf Spring Bogies’, complete with steel wheelsets in either 32 or 45mm to suit your preference as well as suitable bearings.
- Does not include couplings, vacuum pipes or lettering
Length: 260mm (Over Headstock)
Width: 70mm (Over Hinge Detail)
Most of the vehicles represented in the range were built in significant quantities. As such no lettering or numbering is provided as it would be impractical to include so many numbering options. However, ‘Endon Valley Decals’ produce appropriate decals and these can be customised to suit your requirements.
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MDF £50.00 each Plus P&P
Plywood: £55.00 each Plus P&P
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