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Mostyn's Parcels Trains

One of the features now absent from the railway scene is parcels traffic; back in 1977 BR had a significant market share of this traffic and competed with the service offered by the General Post Office.  Both organisations therefore made extensive use of parcels trains.

Moving this quantity of merchandise required a quantity of vans such that older vehicles often remained in service, the parcels fleet therefore included a wide variety of designs, some originating from the pre-nationalisation companies.

We have tried to replicate this in 4mm:1ft and now operate a number of parcels formations with what we feel are representative vehicle types that were in use in 1977.  We have added to this stock over time and as always will continue to add stock in the future.  The listing that follows is therefore a 'snap-shot' of our parcel trains as they were formed in February 2017 at Model Rail Scotland, Glasgow.



47480 hauling an Up Parcels past Mostyn Signal box.  Visible behind the locomotive are Mk1 GUVs, GWR Siphon G & Mk1 BG.  There was obviously an excess of ETH fitted locos on this day as 47/4s would usually be reserved for passenger duties.


Parcels Train Formations

Prototype: 4D03 MX 08.05 Chester - Holyhead Down Parcels   
Currently rostered for 40 088 (24 Feb 2017)


Type TOPS
code
Number
series
Number Diag. Lot no. Notes Model
base
GUV NJV BR W86748 B.R.811 30565
L
BG NFV LMS M30999 D 2007 1097
M
BG NAV GWR W315 K45 1740 Hawksworth design, BR-built H
CCT NOV BR M94443 B.R.816 30562
MM
PMV NQV SR S1327S 3103 A1031
PD
BG
NEV BR M81625 B.R.711 30725 BR1 bogies B
B NFV LMS M31076 D 2007 1261
M
SIPHON G NMV GWR W1042 O.62 1768 BR-built L
B NFV LMS M31366M D 2171 1508
M
B NFV LMS M31214 D 2007 1357
M
BG
NEV BR M80878 B.R.711 30162

B
PMV NQV SR S1106S 3103 A855
PD
PMV NQV SR S1323S 3103 A1031
PD
GUV NJV BR M86969 B.R.811 30616 Electric wired L
GUV NKV BR M86117 B.R.811 30417
L



Here at the end of a Down parcels is BR CCT no. E94660.  This is model is from the excellent Masterclass Models kit by Chris Higgs.


Prototype: 4H07 SO 11.44 Holyhead - Manchester Mayfield Up Parcels   
Currently rostered for 47 447 + 47 166 (24 Feb 2017)

Type TOPS
code
Number
series
Number Diag. Lot no. Notes Model
base
GUV NKV BR E86573 B.R.811 30402
L
SIPHON G NMV GWR W2800W O.59 1578
L
GUV NKV BR W86594 B.R.811 30402
L
B NFV GWR W291W K45 1722 Hawksworth design, BR-built H
SIPHON G NMV GWR W1025 O.62 1751 BR-built L
CCT NOV BR M94883 B.R.816 30614
MM
PMV NQV SR S1284S 3103 A1031
PD
B NFV LMS M31164 D 2007 1305
M
CCT NOV LMS B37306 D 2026 1636 Ex-Motor Car Van H
Fruit D - GWR W3478 ? 1780 BR-Built PD
Fruit D - BR W92110W 805 30383 GWR-design PD
CCT NOV SR S1765 3101 A972 Planked sides PD
BG NFV LMS M31374 D 2171 1563
M
CCT NOV LNER E1301 ? ? 4-wheeled PD
BY NHV SR S931S 3092 1090 4-wheeled PD
PMV NQV SR S1282S 3103 A1031
PD



A GWR-design Siphon G no. W2800W at the end of an Up Parcels. This is a much-modified Lima model with new bogies, buffers, gangways, shell vents, buffers, underframe gubbins, etc…

Prototype: 4D03 MO 08.05 Chester - Holyhead Down DPU Parcels   


Type TOPS
code
Number
series
Number Diag. Lot no. Notes Model
base
DMLV 128 BR M55989 B.R.644 30552 Class 128 SF
DMLV 128 BR M55993 B.R.643 30551 Class 128 SF
CCT NOV LMS M37027M D 2026 1154 Ex-Motor Car Van H
CCT NOV BR M94112 B.R.816 30549
MM
BG NDV BR M81291 B.R.711 30323
B



This is a GWR-designed Fruit D (no. DW150432).  Builds of the Fruit D design lasted well beyond nationalisation, some even being built to BR lot nos. as late as 1959. Mostyn's Fruit Ds are based on the Parkside Dundas kit.

Prototype: 1D00 01.25 Manchester Victoria - Bangor Down Newspapers   
Currently rostered for 47 351 (24 Feb 2017)

Type TOPS
code
Number
series
Number Diag. Lot no. Notes Model
base
BG NCV BR M80560 B.R.711 30039
B
BG NCV BR E80826 B.R.711 30144
B
BG NCV BR M81417 B.R.711 30400
B
BG NCV BR M80947 B.R.711 30162
B
BG
NDV BR M81477 B.R.711 30400 High Security Vehicle
B



Although BR-built, a d
esign from the LNER is also represented by E1328. This is one of a number of extra-long CCTs being some 37ft. 6in. in length.  The model is based on the Parkside kit and is finished to the state shown in the photograph on Paul Bartlett's zenfolio website.

Prototype: 17.55 Bangor - Crewe Up Parcels   
Currently rostered for 40 134 (24 Feb 2017)

Type TOPS
code
Number
series
Number Diag. Lot no. Notes Model
base
CCT NOV SR S1741S 3101 A972 Planked sides PD
PMV NQV SR S1358S 3103 A1031
PD
CCT NOV BR M94219 B.R.816 30549
MM
CCT NOV BR E94639 B.R.816 30564
MM
CCT NOV LMS M37222 D 2026 1770 #
Ex-Motor Car Van H
CCT NOV SR S2536 3101 L3674 Ply sides PD
BY NHV SR S769S 3092 1030 4-wheeled PD
CCT NPV BR M94411 B.R.816 30562
MM
CCT NOV SR S1739 3101 A972 Planked sides PD
Fruit D - BR W92069 805 30383 GWR-design PD
CCT NOV LNER E1328 ? 1223 BR-built (Diag. Y006?) PD
PMV NQV SR S1307S 3103 A1031
PD
# - GW not LMS Series Lot numbers



BR Type 2 no. 2
4047 hauls a short parcels rake through Mostyn, comprising of BR CCT, LNER design CCT and 2x SR design PMVs.

Prototype: 4J16 MSX 11.55 Holyhead - Bolton Up Parcels   
Currently rostered for 40 182 (24 Feb 2017)

Type TOPS
code
Number
series
Number Diag. Lot no. Notes Model
base
GUV NKV BR M86928 B.R.811 30616
L
GUV NKV BR M86809 B.R.811 30565
L
SIPHON G NMV GWR W2977W M.34 2664
L
B
NFV
GWR
W330
K46
1752
Hawksworth design, BR-built   
H
GUV NIV LMS M37929M D 1870 1050
L
BG NFV LMS M31389M D 2171 1563
M
GUV NIV LMS M37911M D 1870 1050
L
BG NFV LMS M31060 D 2007 1261
M
CCT NPV BR W94671 B.R.816 30564
MM
BG NFV LMS M31340 D 2007 1444
M
CCT NPV BR W94444 B.R.816 30562
MM
CCT NOV LMS M37033M D 2026 1154 Ex-Motor Car Van H
CCT NOV BR M94277 B.R.816 30549
MM
CCT NOV BR E94660 B.R.816 30564
MM
BG NAV BR E80617 711 30046
B
BY NHV SR S950S 3092 1090 4-wheeled PD
CCT NOV LMS M37303M D 2026 1636 Ex-Motor Car Van H
GUV NKV BR M86966 B.R.811 30616
L
BG NFV LMS M31054M D 2007 1260
M
B NFV LMS M30966 D 2007 1096
M
BG NFV LMS M31010 D 2007 1097
M
GUV NIV SR S4600 3182 3228 Bogie Scenery Van CK



Here we have two ex-LMS design 6-wheel fish vans.  After revenue use these have ended up as stores vans in the departmental fleet. These models to LMS diagram 2115 are adapted from the Chivers Finelines Kit.




Other Mostyn Parcels Stock

In addition to dedicated parcels trains, when items needed to be moved speedily they could be conveyed on regular passenger trains for which an area was secured for this use, so van areas or whole coaches were always present within a train.   Also, until comparatively recently Royal Mail had the right to convey mail on any train for which a secure area had to be provided.

Even after withdrawal from revenue use, some vehicles continued in use for a while as part of the departmental fleet; we have several of these on Mostyn.

The following list shows those vehicles that are formed in passenger trains or are in Mostyn’s departmental fleet.



Type Number
series
Number Diag. Lot no. Notes Model
base
Stores van
(LMS) ADM40261 2115 1445 ex-LMS Fish van – runs in stores train CF
Stores van (LMS) ADM40279 2115 1445 ex-LMS Fish van – runs in stores train CF
SPV (NRV) BR E87209 B.R.800 30125 ex Fish Van - buffer store PD
Class 128 DMLV BR M55995 B.R.643 30551 Runs in passenger DMU consist SF
BG (NEA) BR M81088 B.R.711 30228 Runs in HDD-EUS Mk2 AB rake B
BG (NEV) BR M81393 B.R.711 30400 Runs in EUS-HDD Mk2 VB rake B
BG (NEV) BR M81440 B.R.711 30400 Runs in EUS-HDD Mk2 VB rake B
BG (NEA)
BR M81500 B.R.711 30484 Orphan B
BG (NEA) BR M81591 B.R.711 30715 Runs in HDD-EUS Mk2 AB rake B
BG (NEV) BR M81624 B.R.711 30725 Runs in EUS-HDD Mk2 VB rake B



Also from an LMS design is this pair of CCTs nos M37033M and M37303. Both to LMS diagram D 2026, these were originally intended for carrying motor cars.  The models have been adapted from the Hornby R-T-R offering.



Key:
  • TOPS codes used in Mostyn Fleet:
TOPS
code
Type Details Designs
NAV Gangwayed Brake (BG) VB SH GWR Hawksworth / BR (Mk1)
NCV Gangwayed Brake (BG) Newspaper Van BR (Mk1)
NDV Gangwayed Brake (BG) Dual-heated BR (Mk1)
NEA Gangwayed Brake (BG) 100 mph AB BR (Mk1)
NEV Gangwayed Brake (BG) 100 mph VB BR (Mk1)
NFV Gangwayed Brake (BG) / Brake (B)
LMS / GWR Hawksworth
NHV Four-wheeled Brake (BY)
SR
NIV General Utility Van (GUV)
LMS / SR
NJV General Utility Van (GUV) electric wired BR (Mk1)
NKV General Utility Van (GUV) Brute circuit BR (Mk1)
NMV Gangwayed Milk Van (Siphon G)
GWR
NOV Covered Carriage Truck (CCT)
BR / LMS / SR / LNER
NPV Covered Carriage Truck (CCT) Brute circuit BR
NQV Parcels and Miscellaneous Van (PMV)
SR
NRV Sundries and Parcels Van (SPV)
BR
128 Driving Motor Luggage Van (DMLV)
BR
- Fruit D
GWR

  • Model base (RTR and model kit suppliers):
B = Bachmann M = Mainline
CK = CRT Kits MM = Masterclass Models
CF = Chivers Finelines PD = Parkside Dundas
H = Hornby SF = Silver Fox Models body + Lima underframe
L = Lima

 

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