here is the 5" gauge version
which differs slightly from 7.25" version - ie buffers and wheel types vary.)
Driving Truck: The 27 ton Tippler is also available as a 7¼“
gauge driving truck: with twin disc brakes, uprated chassis and suspension, padded seat and clevis couplings - call
or email for details.
Almost 10,000 sturdy wagons, specifically designed by British Railways, were built to carry iron
ore traffic. In the BR era it was found that it was just as easy to empty the wagons by rotating them on a
tippler, removing the need for any doors at all. The BR design is superficially very similar to the 16 ton
mineral with a body 16'6" long featuring clear steel sides braced by channel sections.
However, iron ore is much denser than coal, so the wagons have a smaller cubic capacity (being
about 4" lower than a 16ton mineral), and a higher payload, at either 26 or 27 tons. There are technically five
different diagrams for BR iron ore tipplers, all varying slightly in detail. The first three were built with a
9'0" wheelbase, but on the last two it was increased to 10'0" to improve stability when running. The first 8,590
wagons were built originally without automatic vacuum brakes.
Most tipplers were used for iron ore traffic, and were regularly seen in the Stoke area in block
train working. In 1965, 94 tipplers were branded to be used for chalk traffic, and 91 for sand traffic,
replacing obsolete fleets of older wagons. The absence of doors ensured there were no leaks en route!
In the early 1970s the demand for wagons for iron ore traffic declined and many more of the
tipplers were used for stone traffic, with a distinctive "STONE" logo stencilled on the sides. Some of these
were a feature of the Stoke area too, appearing on the Caldon Low stone trains. Other wagons were converted for
Ingot Mould traffic, carrying large lumps of steel on a bed of ballast.
Our model is of the 9’ wheelbase
version. Although reproduced to 1.54" : 1' is more of a representation than a like for like scale replica,
allowing us to produce a reliable and useable model that still looks just the part. All steel construction and
modern engineering techniques allow this model to be used on a garden railway or club track alike, whether used
in a rake behind a loco or shunted in a yard, without losing detail.
TIG & MIG welded body and
Profile Channel section for chassis
Sprung draw Hooks
Laser cut Underframe gear, brake & spring detail
Choice of BR bauxite or BR freight grey paint finishes
Choice of wagon numbers allowing you to build up rakes of wagons
Full 12 month warranty