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 have been commissioned from Dapol Ltd. or Robbie’s Rolling Stock and are exclusive to the Medway Queen Preservation Society. Over the years the “wagon project“ has raised thousands of pounds towards the restoration costs. 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 existing tracks.
NEW FOR 2020
In the 1930s the General Steam Navigation Company (GSN) worked closely with the New Medway Steam Packet Company and in 1936 acquired the New Medway Company outright. The new wagons (right) are the first 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, based on Gillingham Pier. The two societies have commissioned a joint batch of 00 box vans from Dapol and sales will help the restoration of locomotive 35011, General Steam Navigation, and of PS Medway Queen.
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 very relevant to the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society.
Photo, above: Graham Muspratt GSNLRS
The current models are available by mail order or from
our "Medway Queen - West" exhibition stands.
The Medway Queen Visitor Centre on Gillingham Pier
has sold out of these items.