The miniature railway rolling stock manufacturer Dapol Ltd. has released the latest in its series of limited edition model wagons.
These are the result of continued co-operation between the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society (GSNLRS), based at Blunsdon on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, and the Medway Queen Preservation Society (MQPS) based at Gillingham Pier.
General Steam Navigation is a Bulleid Merchant Navy Class Pacific No. 3501. The Medway Queen is a paddle steamer and was one of “Dunkirk’s Little Ships”, making a record seven voyages and saving 7,000 men during the evacuation of Dunkirk. She was also a ship of the GSN shipping company.
Dapol has previously released limited edition model cars to raise funds for both companies.
The latest models are based on Dapol’s 00 gauge seven-plank open wagons with General Steam Navigation lettering, Blunsdon & Gillingham Pier, which are the locations of both companies, and running number 22. The wagon design matches the theme MQPS of fiction. wagons which could have been seen at Gillingham Pier had there been a rail connection, but which are at the same time highly relevant to the GSNLRS. Over the years, the ‘wagon project’ has raised thousands of pounds for the restoration costs of 35011 and Medway Queen.
The wagons are available in black or green, both colors being carried by 35011 General Steam Navigation during its operational life, and a coal load is also included.
The Miniature Railcars cost £12.90 each and are available from the General Steam Navigation website’s online store at https://www.35011gsn.co.uk/boutique-en-ligne.html.
Dapol has already released limited edition railcar models for the benefit of corporations, including an N Gauge gunpowder van and a Conflat wagon in SR livery. A small number of the previous limited edition N Gauge Gunpowder Vans in red or blue are still available for £11.90 while supplies last.