'O' gauge GWR Siphon G next for Minerva
Minerva Model Railways has revealed that its next all-new ‘O’ gauge model will be a Great Western Railway (GWR) Siphon G.
Built in the 1930s, these wooden-bodied bogie vans were initially used on milk trains to carry churns, but were later utilised as general purpose vans on passenger services as well as being employed on newspaper traffic and transferring locomotive engine parts (Enparts) between Works and depots.
As Minerva’s first vehicle of this type, the new Siphon G will be based on a Diagram 033 van, with provision also being made for Diagram 059 and later BR-era Diagram 062 vehicles. Alternative roof vents and shuttered sides will be included for optional fitting, if required, to represent these alternative vehicle types.
Minerva Model Railways’ newly-tooled model will be offered in four different colour schemes including GWR chocolate, British Railways carmine, British Railways maroon and British Rail blue. The impressive specification calls for more than 100 individual components, including sprung buffers, cosmetic screw-link couplings, finescale wheels, plus optional alternative roof vents and side shutters.
Only available direct from Minerva Model Railways, prices are set at £175 each, plus delivery (£9.50). A release date has yet to be confirmed.
Visit www.minervamodelrailways.co.uk for more details.