The Great Western Railway built numerous all steel ballast wagons with drop down
side doors on 12ft wheelbase chassis culminating in diagram P19 in 1941. At nationalisation,
this formed the basis for British Railway's own design, commonly known by its 'fish
kind' name Grampus, also on a 12ft wheelbase, but slightly longer and with drop down
ends. The British Railways wagons were vacuum braked and saw many years of service;
with the elimination of vacuum braked working, British Rail embarked on a refurbishment
program of Grampus wagons, replacing the vacuum brakes with air brakes, and rebuilding
the damage-prone ends with new steel ones firmly reinforced with thick channel pieces.
These refurbished wagons received the 'fish kind' name Rudd.
The kit consists of the existing well-regarded Parkside Dundas Grampus kit with the
addition of a brand new sprue which features the new alternative ends that will allow
the modeller to build either the GWR P19 ballast wagon or the BR Rudd ballast wagon.
Click here to download a PDF version of the instructions for this kit.