The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company that linked London with the south-west and west of England, the Midlands, and most of Wales. The GWR was called by some "God's Wonderful Railway" and by others the "Great Way Round" but it was famed as the "Holiday Line", taking many people to English and Bristol Channel resorts in the West Country as well as the far south-west of England.
This kit is based on the original early GWR siphon version O1. This was a four wheeled vehicle and should not be confused with the six wheeled siphon which is also available as a kit from Diagram3D.
The orginal vehicle was produced in several lots between 1871 and the late 1880's. There were two distinct variations with differing door profiles. Sufficient parts are provided to complete either one of the versions of the vehicles. The kit consists of a MDF frame with card sides and en..
This kit is based on the GWR siphon versions O1 through O3. Sufficient parts are provided to complete one of the versions. This kit represents the two door version of this vehicle. The kit consists of a MDF base with card overlays. THere are two end profiles with parts for three different end types.
The principal difference between the versions was the end framing and profile. There were a number of types and variants of the GWR milk van. The vehicles were modified over their lifetimes. In general ..
This kit is based on the most numerous type of six wheeled GWR siphon, designated O4. There were a number of types and variants of the GWR milk van. The vehicles were modified over their lifetimes. In general it is advisable to have access to a good reference work with photographs.Apart from articles in the model railway press (Eg: Model Railway Journal Christmas. 1985 and January/February 1986) an entire book has been written on the development of these vehicles. (“Great Western Siphons” by Jac..
GW Milk Van Number 1777 is an interesting and unique vehicle. This vehicle was adapted from a standard milk van (type O4). The vehicle has louvered sides and is a presursor of later vehicles designed with louvered sides. In other respects it is similar to the standard O4 type vehicle. This vehicle is described, with a drawing, in the book “Great Western Siphons” by Jack N. Slinn, Pendragon books 1986 (in association with the Historical Model Railway Society). A photograph of this veh..