Rails of Sheffield to make first mass-produced 3D-printed wagons


Rails of Sheffield, in partnership with Dapol, has announced it is to produce a OO gauge model of the BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, the first of a planned range of exclusive models from the manufacturer.

Rails of Sheffield, in partnership with Dapol, has announced it is to produce a OO gauge model of the BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, the first of a planned range of exclusive models from the manufacturer.

Researched, designed and produced solely in the UK, the new models will be manufactured using the latest in 3D-printing technologies including a new, ultra-high-resolution aeronautical grade PU with a design life exceeding 25 years.

Design characteristics mimic wagons built by the South Eastern and South Eastern & Chatham Railway in the early 1900s. Built to an increased length of 16ft during the Wainwright-era, several examples survived to British Railways ownership, at least until 1956. The models produced by Rails reflect the later SR and BR condition of the vehicles.   

Fitted with Alan Gibson finescale twin spoke wheels, three liveries will be produced at launch, with two running numbers in each livery. The following models are ready to pre-order;

  • BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, No. S45374, Southern Railway brown with BR lettering.
  • BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, No. S45382, Southern Railway brown with BR lettering.  
  • BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, No. S45358, BR freight stock grey.
  • BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, No. S45427, BR freight stock grey.
  • SR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van No. 45374, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery 
  • SR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van No. 45455, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery

Expected to be in stock in June, prices start at £27.99 for a single wagon. Rails has also announced a 5% discount introductory offer on the purchase of two wagons, subject to availability.

Painted samples are on display this weekend at the York Model Railway Show.