The NG C-class ‘Gondola’ wagons first appeared from 1976, specifically intended for the limestone traffic between Loerie and Chelsea on the Avontuur Branch. At Chelsea there was a connection to the 12-mile-long private system belonging to the Eastern Province Cement Co, which later became Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC). The new ‘Gondolas’ weighed about half a ton less than the ‘DZs’ they replaced, but were still able to carry the same load.
All of this work was carried out as a joint modernisation initiative between SAR and PPC, which also included the introduction of the ‘Class 91’ diesel, upgrading of the private system, and the installation of a rotary tippler at the New Brighton Cement Plant. These wagons were soon being used in trains of up to 30 wagons (873 Tons), and hauled by triple headed ‘Class 91s’.
The wagons have undergone various detail changes over the years, including different arrangements of the vacuum pipes and have carried a number of different liveries.
Whilst these wagons worked exclusively with the ‘Class 91’, usually in large block trains; shorter single headed trains would also be quite prototypical.
These trains originally included a ‘V-16 Brake’, but this requirement was dropped to allow for the 30th loaded wagon. These ‘NG-C’ vehicles would also suit anyone looking for something a little more modern.
The kit is supplied as standard with solid headstocks to accomodate the usual 16mm centre buffer coupling or Accucraft Chopper. However, if anyone wishes to fit more prototypical 'Knuckle Couplings', please get in touch with your required dimensions, and I will make appropriate modifications.
- 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 'SARCAST 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: 401mm (Over Headstock)
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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Multi-purchase prices are available for this kit and are detailed below.
1-2: £65.00 each Plus P&P
3-5: £60.00 each Plus P&P
6+: £55.00 each Plus P&P
1-2: £70.00 each Plus P&P
3-5: £65.00 each Plus P&P
6+: £60.00 each Plus P&P
If you would like to place an order, please see the information on our ‘Ordering Page’