Railway wagons - 00 gauge
Although the New Medway Steam Packet Co. did not have its own private owner wagons it is entirely believable that a steam ship operator would run such wagons to carry coal and other commodities. The "wagon project" began in 2003 with the aim of making that same provision in the popular model railway scales; allowing you to have something a bit different on the layout whilst promoting and supporting the preservation of PS Medway Queen. The wagons are mostly commissioned from Dapol Ltd. and are exclusive to the Medway Queen Preservation Society; and GSNLRS in some cases. Over the years the “wagon project“ has raised thousands of pounds towards the restoration costs of Medway Queen. Recent issues have concentrated on Gillingham Pier, the society's home base. There could easily have been a railway connection to the pier with only minor re-alignment of dockyard sidings needed.
These conflats (container carrying flat wagons) are the second product of the cooperation between the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society, based at Blunsdon on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, and the Medway Queen Preservation Society. The two societies have commissioned this joint batch of 00 models from Dapol and sales will help the restoration of locomotive 35011, General Steam Navigation, and of PS Medway Queen. Each society sells the wagons to support its work. The wagon design fits the MQPS theme of fictional wagons that might have been seen at Gillingham pier if there had been a rail connection, but at the same time is also very relevant to the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society.
The containers, on Southern Railway conflat wagons, are available in two colours from either society at £16.95 per model and £3.75 per order for UK P&P. Two wagons with different coloured (red and blue) containers and UK P&P totals £37.65.
For an extra £8 you can add a copy of “HMS Medway Queen Memories of Dunkirk” to your order with no extra postage charge.
Please send any enquiries regarding the wagons to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Year's 00 wagons
Last Year's 00 wagons
Based on Dapol box vans, these 00 gauge models commemorate Medway Queen’s part in the Dunkirk Evacuation of 1940. In May-June 1940 HMS Medway Queen made seven round trips to Dunkirk rescuing thousands of British, French and Belgian troops. The models are a departure from the usual “Gillingham Pier” theme and feature Ramsgate where Medway Queen landed her evacuee passengers on six of her seven trips.
These models have now sold out