26 September 2019
Irish Railway Models has announced that it has received decorated samples of its CIE pallet fertiliser wagon in OO gauge, available to pre-order now with first deliveries expected in December 2019.
Irish Railway Models has announced it's received decorated samples of its CIE pallet fertiliser wagon in OO gauge, available to pre-order now with first deliveries expected in December 2019.
The Fertilser ran nationwide during its 30-year service with Irish rail. Built-in Inchicore, they were based on the standard 42ft underframe, these wagons entered service with Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) in 1974 and were tasked with transporting palletised bagged fertiliser from the Nitrigin Éireann Teoranta (later Irish Fertiliser Industries) plant at Shelton Abbey, near Arklow in County Wicklow, to distribution points throughout the CIÉ/Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways networks.
In traffic, these distinctive vehicles could be found both in dedicated block trains and attached to other ‘liner’ services. In late 2001, Irish Rail signalled its intention to withdraw from a number of unprofitable freight flows, including fertiliser traffic. This, coupled with the closure of the Shelton Abbey plant in 2002, led to their withdrawal. Throughout their operational lives, these wagons wore a basic red oxide livery and a number of the wagons retained the CIÉ roundel after the formation of Irish Rail in 1987.
IRM’s rendition offers an extensive amount of separately-applied detail, a fully diecast chassis, fine running bogies featuring rotating axle caps and easy conversion to 21mm fine scale is provided, as well as an authentically rendered load for each wagon bay.
The CIE Fertilser wagons are currently in production, alongside the IRM liner wagons, which have also been previewed by IRM. The Liners are due in 2019 and are almost sold out, while the fertiliser wagons are due in December 2019.
Prices are €100 per pack of two fertiliser wagons or €360 for all 8 wagons.