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Elro 0 Gauge


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Elro 0 Gauge Garstang & Knott End Rly Salt Wagon Card Kit

This “Elro” 0 Gauge 1:43 scale CARD kit assembles into a detailed model of a Garstang & Knott End Railway salt van.

The Garstang & Knott End Railway was authorised in 1864 to build an 11.5 mile branch from the LNWR main line at Garstang & Catterall station on the West Coast Main Line just north of Preston to Knott End which is on the mouth of the R Wyre, opposite Fleetwood, to which it is connected by a pedestrian ferry. The line was not completed throughout until 1908, and was absorbed into the LMS in 1923. Passenger services ceased in 1930 and freight services in the 1960s. As an independent line until 1923, it is an attractive prototype for the modeller, but the destruction of company records in the Derby Works fire in 1951 means that data is sparse. The United Alkali Co’s salt works near Preesall contributed a lot of business to the line from 1908 until the 1930s. The G&KER, which was always hard up, rebuilt some ancient open wagons as ark roofed salt wagons, their short 7 foot wheelbase and design attesting to their antiquity. This kit builds up into TWO of these unusual vehicles, No’s 10 and 15. It is thought that they were scrapped shortly after the Grouping. IF the response to this kit is sufficient, we hope to produce kits of other G&KER stock, and if anyone has photos, drawings etc, we would be delighted to hear from them.

The modeller can complete the kit as a static display model, or can fit it with working wheels, axleguards, buffers and couplings to operate on his layout. The wagon in the photo is the proving model, which we always build before releasing any kit and is completed to run on our layout which includes severe gradients and long trains, so has to be sufficiently robust to do so. The kit is designed so that you can build in the strength that is needed without it being apparent. As old van bodies were sometimes “grounded” for use as hen houses, store buildings, etc, and no one knows exactly what happened to the Knott End stock after 1923, it could form the basis of a lineside accessory for a layout set in more recent times, giving it a wide appeal. The photo of the PROVING MODEL for our kit shows that instead of the common 9 inch corner plates, that narrow angle iron is used to frame the bosywork, and this adds appeal to this unusual vehicle.To complete the kit, you will need scissors/craft knife, a steel ruler, glue, lots of scrap card, glazing material, and guttering and drain pipes,. as these items cannot be made from card. The use of Felt tip pens or paint to touch in exposed edges of the card will markedly improve your model.

In this age of plastic and resin, the use of card in a kit may seem “old-fashioned”, but card is a very versatile and convenient modelling medium, and where small production runs are called for, is ideal, as it offers versatility at low cost. To do a small production run for a structure like this in plastic or resin would put up the cost 10 or 20 fold. The kit consists of seven sheets of pre-printed fully coloured card, along with detailed instructions and a photo of a completed model for you to refer to during construction. THE CARD IS QUITE THIN, BUT THIS MEANS IT BENDS SMOOTHLY WHERE NECESSARY IN A WAY THAT THICK CARD WILL NOT DO. IT ALSO MEANS THAT EXCELLENT 3-D EFFECTS ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE MULTIPLE LAYERS INCLUDED IN THE KIT. IT IS MORE WORK TO DESIGN AND BUILD USING MULTIPLE LAYERS, BUT THEFINISHED MODEL IS BETTER AND STRONGER . HOWEVER, WE DO RECOMMEND WITH ALL OUR KITS THAT STRUCTURAL AREAS SHOULD BE REINFORCED WITH ADDITIONAL SCRAP CARD THAT IS CHEAPLY AVAILABLE FROM STATIONERS OR YOU CAN USE CORNFLAKE PACKETS ETC IF YOU ARE KEEN ON RECYCLING. Additional card is particularly important in this case if you wish to run it on a layout as a wagon that falls apart on its first trip is not much use. I learnt that lesson as a teenager when a wagon I had just built did disintegrate on its first trip !

The kit includes sides, ends, floors, roof, and chassis, and these act as patterns where you need to add reinforcing card, making construction much less effort than with scratch building. However, we would emphasise that this is NOT a “shake the box and it falls together” kit. Whilst the kit can be built up with a high level of detail with the strapping correctly rivetted, it can also be assembled as a simple non glazed “box” by a younger or less experienced modeller. Unlike expensive etched brass kits that many modellers believe are too daunting to tackle and are very costly, this card kit is readily affordable and is a good start to modelling. If it is your first card kit, then it probably wont look as good as the model in the photo. That is no reflection on your skills, but reflects on my own first efforts which were not that good, but the beauty of a card kit is that if you do mess it up, it is not mega bucks down the drain. The end result depends on the effort you put in.

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