The Stock Box!




On this page you can see pictures of some of the more interesting items of stock exhibited on Farkham. All of the items of stock, whether loco, coach or wagon have been tinkered with in some way, be it just a touch of subtle weathering, some modifications or completely scratchbuilt.

As the teams primary interest is in freight traffic, the bulk of the stock on the layout attempts to portray the varied and colourful mix of wagons that were seen running around on British Rail prior to the termination of Speedlink services in summer 1991.

Below are some pictures of individual wagons, trip wagon and block train traffic


Above are pictures of two heavily converted wagons to depict the polybulk type wagons commonly seen in speedlink trains running throughout the country. The wagon bodies were heavily modified from the electrotren model and reskinned to give the correct profile. Both liveries add a touch of colour to their trains.

The next two wagons are also firm favourites in our speedlink trains. The LPG tank on the left and the PRA wagon on the right are both scratchbuilt models.  The PRAs were used to transport paper products between cornwall and scotland and were regulars in northbound speedlink services.

More speedlink wagons include the smaller Grainflow hopper wagons which are modified Lima wagons and the blue PAA Tullis Russell wagon which is a scratchbuilt wagon with homemade transfers and subtle weathering.

The VTG ferrywagons, whilst internationally registered, ran throughout the country carrying various different products. This scratchbuilt model depicts the ribbed sided and curved roof variety. The heavy weathering helps to bring out the ribs really well.

Cartic 4s were a common wagon in many cross border speedlink services. These wagons are etched brass Intercity Models kits and have the anti-vandal screens added. MAT logos on the side complete the model

By stripping back the Lima fertiliser van to the base shell and then adding new rib-sided doors and roof, this wagon represents a variant of the PWA pallet van. Other variants of these wagons modelled on the layout combine modifed underframes bogies and roof.

These two wagons are conversions from the Lima PGA  – extending the length of each body and chassis and adding curved ribs to the roof. The wagons were used to carry salt hence the heavy weathering and rusting. These are regular visitors into Farkham freight yard.

This picture shows more salt hoppers but with red CAIB tarpaulin covers. Partially hiding the second wagon is 37059 ‘Port of Tilbury’ hauling some scratchbuilt Caustic Soda tank wagons. Again the really heavy weathering on the two wagon types reflect the agressive nature of the loads these wagons carried.  

These two Sheerness Steel bogie PXA scrap wagons form a key part of one of our scrap trains. Both wagons were scratchbuilt and utilise whitemetal bogies to add weight to the wagon. Sublte weathering inside and out complete these models.

Running with the above wagons are more scrap wagons which include the 51L Blackadder model and the Bachmann POA wagons together with  two examples of variants of these shown below. The first is a scratchbuilt model of two of the cut down versions of the Blackadder wagons and the lower one is a scratchbuilt model of the earlier POA wagon. Note the different ribbed sides on each type from the RTR / kit wagons.


The Rugby Cement tank seen here is a simple conversion of a Lima PCA which has been infilled in the middle and the ends straightened. It is based upon a modifcation published by N. Burkin. The walkway on the roof is an A1 etch.

A good dose of weathering tones the wagon down.

This is a scratchbuilt model of a Tiger PBA. The wagons were frequently seen in speelink services between England and Scotland.


These two tank wagons and the barrier vehicle form part of one of our short trip working trains. The tank wagons are scratchbuilt Chlorine tanks made from an acrylic cylinder with domed ends added, fitted onto to Bachmann Limpit Chassis. The orange stripe indicates that the wagons were pressurised. The barrier wagon is a painted and weathered Bachmann VDA.

A pair of class 20s with faded paintwork haul a small rake of Parkside Grampus kits. The railfreight chopper has been carefully painted and weathered such that the original blue livery is showing through the worn down later livery.

These two wagons are both scratchbuilt and show the Cerestar 2 axle and bogie wagons that roamed the country. The bogie wagon was very complicted to fabricate as it had eccentric conical ends capped off with a bulbous nose. The class 31 is a Hornby model which has been fully repainted and carefully weathered using reference photos.


One of the few ‘celebrity’ liveries seen on the layout is 37501 in British Steel Blue livery hauling a rake of Cambrian BBA and BAA wagons. The loads on the wagons are ‘eye to the sky’ coil loads which are produced by a firm from the USA and available from P&H models. They add an extra dimesion to the wagons in this train.

The container train utilises the excellent Colin Craig etched brass wagon kits. The 5 wagon rake, with containers took many hours to build, meticulously following the superbly detailed instruction book!!.The wagons are painted blue but with the heavy weathering, they almost look brown!!.

Motive power to haul the container train is usually class 37 number 37116 in large logo livery.

These wagons are Bachmann TEA wagons in the standard ESSO livery. The weathering was done in two stages, the first was a fairly industrial process of scrubbing the sides with a fibreglass brush to create a distressed look to the paintwork. The second stage used the airbrush to add the oil stains and a thinners soaked rag to wipe off some of the residue to create the streaky lines. Despite all this the final result looks great!

Originally coal traffic on the layout was represented by a rake of HAA merry-go-round wagons. These have now been superseeded by a rake of Cawoods PFA wagons. The DC Kits models add a flash of colour to the stocklist. As you can see from the photo, the transfers were a particluar challenge to locate.


Class 128 RM pic

DC KITS Class 128

Model pic1Scratchbuilt Cowans Sheldon brakedown crane. Support coaches are also provided.

 Class 37100 RFm & POAs picClass 37100 with heavily modified underframe, headcode boxes at one end and marker lights at the other.

Class 47146 BL picBR Blue Liveried Class 47 146 adorned with unofficial painted nameplates

blyth 260812 004Scratchbuilt model of Plasser and Theurer, RM74 Ballast Cleaner.

Class 47363 RF & CO2 TTA Rugby PCA picRailfreight Red Stripe liveried 47 363 ‘Billingham Enterprise’ with carbon dioxide tank and cement wagon.

 Class 81017 BL & HEAs picAn unusual visitor to Farkham is the Class 81.

Tamper picThe Bull Ant powered Britannia Models, Plasser & Theurer Tamper.

IMG_0049Make your mark models GP crane

IMG_0048Make Your Mark Models Twin Jib crane. Both kits are expertly cast in resin and are easy to assemble.

Support wagons for the GP Crane and former Motorcar for the Twin Jib. The latter being formed with bespoke etched brass sides.

More Departmental wagons for the engineers train. Salmon and Sturgeon.

Scratchbuilt PVA wagons in Procor and Campbells Soup Livery

img_0326A pair of Scottish liveried class 47s

Heavily modified Bachmann coaches forming an electrification train along with scratchbuilt wiring wagon

img_0272D C Kits, Kit built and modified 2 Car parcels unit

img_0322Research Liveried Class 47 47971 ‘Robin Hood’

img_0319Class 31, 31413 ‘Severn Valley Railway’ in distinctive livery

IMG_0047Modified Hornby MGR wagons to form CBA lime wagons.

Hunslet Barclay Weedkilling train and class 20s

Modified Bachman TEA wagons to form LPG tanks

Ribbed End CO2 tankScratchbuilt 4 wheeled ribbed CO2 Tank

Scratchbuilt Powell Duffryn Covered Coil  Wagons

Structure Flex WagonBAA conversion to form Structureflex steel carrying wagon

PTAsA rake of scratchbuilt ORE hoppers

Flat Sided PolybulkScratchbuilt slab sided polybulk with heavy weathering

PABScratchbuilt PAB Hopper wagon

cargowaggonScratchbuilt cargowaggon holdall

norsk plainnorsknorsk curtainScratchbuilt Cargowaggon and Curtain sided wagons as part of the Norsk Hydro train

271013 002Lima PCA conversions to form Rockware PCAs  The yard shunter rests between duties

The workhorse of the layout – The faded blue 08.

4 thoughts on “The Stock Box!

  1. Hi There. I must firt of all say what fantastic models you have. May I ask you were you got your Scottish Malt Distillers Transfers made up. Im currently converting 3 from Electrotren ‘Tucher’ models.


    Colin Makcrow

    • Hi Colin

      Thanks for your message.

      The Scottish Malt Distillers ‘transfers’ were made well before it was possible to produce our own transfers and they were made up of individual letraset letters for the text with the ears of wheat being hand painted. The N gauge society have now done the artwork for both the SMD and Grainflow sides for their kit and sell them as such. You might be able to get a N gauge kit and scan the side then blow it up to 4mm.



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