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Bruce Voelkerding25/04/2010 14:47:11
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Hello all,
I would like to make a 3-1/2" gauge Coal Wagon, timber framed. I have access to the set of drawings published by F.J.Roche ~1949. As it is a timbered framed wagon, I am wondering how thick the W-Iron would be ? Would there be any sort of wear surface riveted to it ?
Is there a good book which describes these types of (Clearing House) wagons in detail ?
Also, I have seen mention of P.Wainwright in ME, but I have never seen an advertisement in ME for him. Could someone supply details ?
thanks for your answers,
Weary25/04/2010 16:11:02
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Engineering in Miniature has had very detailed descriptions of the construction of freight wagons in 5" gauge written by Doug Hewson.  This might be a good place to start.
Suggest you browse an index....
IanT25/04/2010 17:43:12
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Doug Hewson used 2mm mild steel on his 5" EIM wagon Bruce.
This scales to (nearly) 1" in real `life, which I think will be correct for 'W' irons. As far I am aware, most wagon 'W' irons did not have any addittional "wear" or bearing surfaces.
I am sure there are many books which give details of RCH wagons but the one I've always used is the old MAP publication "Private-owner wagons". Not sure if this is still in print but I quite often see them in S/H bookshops. The ISBN is (was) 0-85242-343-8, it's only 48 pages but will give you most of what you want for RCH wagons.
The EIM (Doug Hewson) 5" wagon series started in March 1987, but part 3 (May 1987) will give you most of the key dimensions.  

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