- F&E Poole & Co -

Our 2019 private owner wagon commission

We can now advise that the artwork for our next commission has been signed-off. The 12 ton, 7 plank wagon for F & E Poole, in Arctic Blue, looks to be a special one which will, we are sure, be in great demand.

The actual numbers available in each of the three gauges will be advised as soon as they are known, although this will be a very limited edition [as all of our other releases have been]. Should demand significantly exceed supply however, this time consideration may be given to commissioning a further release with a different running number.

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The original wagon [opposite] dates from 1908, was one of ten ordered, and was built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company.

F&E Poole [of Exchange Buildings, Swansea] were ship brokers and coal merchants and traded with the Rhiwlas Colliery at Bury Port and the Aberpergwm Colliery, Vale of Neath, amongst other concerns. Ironically, whilst the wagon above dates from 1908, in that same year the firm was declared bankrupt and a Receiver appointed [as confirmed in the London Gazette].

This wagon has been produced twice before in r-t-r ‘OO’ gauge, first by Replica Railways [and appearing in their debut 1987 catalogue] and later by Bachmann. It is not currently in production however and because both of the earlier models carried the running number 200, we have chosen to number our release 202. The image below is taken from the artwork supplied for the ‘O’ gauge wagon and is for illustrative purposes only. As it is a photograph of an artist’s impression, the colour of the final release will vary slightly

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The proposed prices for this new commission are: O gauge - £45 ea and OO and N gauges - £13 ea.

As further information becomes available [including details for advance orders], our monthly newsletter will carry updates as will this page.