The heat in South Africa was often a barrier to transporting perishable goods, but as new narrow gauge lines opened up previously inaccessible but highly productive agricultural areas, the need to transport dairy products became ever more pressing. Whilst simple water-cooling systems had been used in cold storage rooms, it wasn't until the mid-1920s it was experimented with on 2ft gauge rolling stock. These wagons were water cooled using a total loss evaporative system, where water stored in the roof mounted tanks was allowed to trickle down pipes through coke filled screens, with any excess collected in the drip trays along the bottom.
A number of different types were built, with the last ‘TZ-9s’ surviving in traffic into the mid-1980s. At least one example was preserved at Humewood Road and occasionally utilised on photo charters over the Avontuur line.
Please note that whilst the kit is available in both MDF and Plywood, the main body shell is always manufactured from hardboard, whichever material is chosen; the textured surface being used to represent the carbon filled mesh screens.
- 16mm Scale Laser Cut Kit available in MDF or Plywood (Main Body Shell from Hardboard on both types)
- 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: 400mm (Over Headstock)
Width: 96mm (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 £90.00 each Plus P&P
Plywood: £100.00 each Plus P&P
If you would like to place an order, please see the information on our ‘Ordering Page’