Much of the MPLR rolling stock is built from I.P. Engineering kits. Mainly from their ‘Lollipop’ and ‘P&S’ ranges. These kits are very good value for money, and for a beginner like yours truly, they are not difficult to build. Being all wooden models, modification and embelishments are easy and a lot of fun.
In 16mm land there is some ambiguity about scale. This is not the time, nor the place, for a long discussion about this, suffice to say that many 16mm garden railways are ‘flexible’ where scale is concerned. The above mentioned Lollipop and P&S ranges from I.P. are a good example of this. The Lollipop are true 16mm to the foot scale, whereas the P&S wagons/coaches are designed to look correct behind Accucraft and Roundhouse steam locos.
The best way around this ‘scale’ problem is to keep ‘true’ 16mm stock well away from ‘AccuHouse’ stock. Not a problem, really, and it gives us something to argue about at garden meetings etc.
Ron, seen here crossing Moreton Bridge (right) is a true 16mm model, as is his train, whereas the maintenance wagon (below) is more ‘AccuHouse’ scale. Confusing ‘aint it?
Below is a list of the goods stock currently in service on the MPLR. Photos will follow
6x 1 Ton Wagons No’s 1 to 6 (I.P.)
6x 4 Ton Wagons No’s 14 to 19 (Accucraft)
1 Dropside wagon No.12 (scratch built)
1 Maintenance wagon No.8 (scratch built)
1 Flatbed wagon No.11 (I.P.)
1 Oil tanker No.9 (scratch built)
1 small brake van No.7 (I.P.)
1 Large brake van No.20 (Accucraft)
1 Goods/brake van No. 23 (Triassic Models)
3x 4 ton vans No’s 10, 21 and 22 (Accucraft and I.P.)
8x Hudson skip wagons (Binnie)