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Etched Pixels / Ultima N Gauge Catalogue 2016 GWR TPO, Stowage and Parcels Vehicles

The Great Western Railway ran a considerable number of TPO trains handling mail between London, South Wales and the West as well as important international mail links. The coaches in this range cover the 1930's builds that replaced ageing clerestory TPO coaches in the 1930s as well as the 1947 build TPO vehicles that were the final GWR built postal vehicles. These vehicles lasted into British Rail days, being phased out as Mark 1 based post office vehicles came into use.

TPO kits

UME1215: GWR L.21 TPO Period: 45 : In stock, order, £24.95

Diagram L.21, 1933

Kit for the GWR L.21 TPO. Etched body, white metal ends, white metal detailing parts, plastic shell vents, and an aluminium roof profile. You will need a pair of GWR 7ft bogies (UM561, or 2mm SA bogies for running finescale).

UME1216: GWR L.22 TPO Period: 45 : Out of stock, £24.95

Diagram L.22, 1933-34

Kit for the GWR L.22 TPO. Etched body, white metal ends, white metal detailing parts, plastic shell vents, and an aluminium roof profile. You will need a pair of GWR 7ft bogies (UM561, or 2mm SA bogies for running finescale).

UME1219: GWR L.25 TPO Period: 45 : In stock, order, £19.95

Introduced in 1947 the L.25 post office sorting vans represent the very end of GWR coach building. Five were built to lot 1719, numbers 843 to 847. They just about made it into chocolate and cream before acquiring British Rail colours.

The kit contains etched floor, sides and underframe, metal roof profile, white metal ends, wide gangways, brass buffers, plastic roof vents, and white metal detailing parts. The underframe/floor is best build soldered but the notes also cover construction using glue.

You will also need a pair of suitable bogies. The coaches ran with GWR pressed steel double bolster bogies. The best match are the Dapol Collett bogies, or etched bogies UM577 (optionally with mounts UM540 if not soldering the floor).

Parcels/Stowage vans

UME1249: GWR M11 70ft Stowage Van, etched sides Period: 2345 : In stock, order, £21.95

Five of these vans were built in 1905 to cater for the growing TPO traffic. They remained in service as parcel vans into British Rail days. The kit contains a 3D printed body shell, etched and white metal detailing parts and etched bogies. You will need couplings, 7mm wheels, paint and decals to complete. No soldering is required.

This version of the kit contains etched sides modelling the vehicles in their later days with mismatched panelling and replaced doors. It contains both battery boxes and gas cylinders so late variations can be modelled.

UMCG1249: GWR M11 70ft Stowage Van, printed sides Period: 23 : In stock, order, £20.95

This version of the kit contains pre-printed sides in the original GWR lined livery rather than etched sides.

UME1250: GWR K38 'Ocean Mails', etched sides Period: 23 : Out of stock, £18.95

Six of these vans were built in 1926 to take over the "Ocean Mails" traffic. The kit contains a 3D printed body, white metal and etched detailing parts and etched sides. It is designed to use the Dapol RTR B-Set bogies (not included - available as from Dapol/DCC supplies/Rails of Sheffield) to make construction as easy as possible. You will need bogies and paint to complete. No soldering is required.

UMCG1250: GWR K38 'Ocean Mails', printed sides Period: 23 : Out of stock, £17.95

Six of these vans were built in 1926 to take over the "Ocean Mails" traffic. Although steel they were painted in a fake panelled style. The kit contains a 3D printed body, white metal and etched detailing parts and pre-printed sides. It is designed to use the Dapol RTR B-Set bogies (not included - available as from Dapol/DCC supplies/Rails of Sheffield) to make construction as easy as possible. You will need bogies and paint to complete. No soldering is required.

Related components

UM561: GWR 7ft coach bogie kit (one pair) In stock, order, £2.50

Etched brass. Requires wheels. Bearings included. Requires white metal axleboxes and springs UM503.