The prototype for this model was a wagon built in its thousands to a standard design of the RCH (Railway Clearing House) for use by the many private traders of the time. Obviously “many traders” means many liveries, and this kit is, therefore, the perfect model for carrying these, often very colourful, liveries. The kit is of all plastic construction and is designed to be a direct fit onto the Peco 9ft wheelbase chassis provided. It is therefore eminently suitable for newcomers to model wagon construction. Alternative fixed ends are included in the kit to enable wagons without end doors to be represented. After the formation of British Railways they were absorbed and renumbered with P prefixed numbers.
Over half a million PO wagons were requisitioned in 1939. When these were transferred to BR in 1948 they simply had new markings painted on top of the existing P.O. livery, which by then was in poor condition, having not been repainted for at least 9 years. A running number starting P (allocated sequentially as they turned up) and the tonnage was added lower left, the tare weight lower right. If they had end doors a diagonal stripe was painted on that end, and if they had bottom doors a V symbol on the side door. If the existing livery was black or dark red the numbers were painted on directly, more often they were put on a black patch.
The Society recommends ‘Robbies Rolling Stock’ www.robbiesrollingstock.co.uk as a source for a variety of suitably sized PO transfers for this kit.
The decals sheet NGST0230 is not a complete livery sheet in itself but carries the extra markings that BR added to PO wagons when they were taken over in 1948. These are also suitable for kit 29, and for any PO wagons.