IRM plans CIE fuel oil tank wagon

Irish Railway Models (IRM) is producing a newly-tooled version of the Corás Iompair Éireann (CIE) fuel oil tank wagon for ‘OO’ gauge.

The company’s Chief Mechanical Engineer, Oliver Bulleid, designed a standardised triangulated underframe for use in wagon construction. 21 tank wagons of this type were built by CIE at Inchicore Works in 1956 with an 11ton capacity.

The common Bulleid chassis is shared between multiple types of Irish wagon.

After displacement by more modern vacuum-braked wagons, the tank bodies and main underframe sections were reused on newer wagons to carry water, remaining in use until the 2020s.

These ‘OO’ gauge wagons are being produced by IRM in tandem with other wagons featuring Bullied’s triangulated underframe, with the specification including injection moulded plastic tanks, etched detail, sprung buffers, brass bearings, separate brake gear and more. The wagons are readily convertible to 21mm gauge suitable for Irish 5ft 3in gauge track.

Liveries and identities are yet to be confirmed, with decorated samples expected to arrive soon. 

The wagons will be available in a triple pack priced at €89.95 with release slated for a third quarter 2024 release, prices are also yet to be confirmed.

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