THE ‘WARWELL’ LOW-DOWN

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While reading your Hat­ton’s and Oxford Rail ‘Warwell’ re­views in MR237/8, two pho­to­graphs came to mind; a War­rior in­fantry fight­ing ve­hi­cle loaded onto a ‘Warwell’ and a War­rior that had fallen off a ‘Warwell’... Per­haps you could write a piece on ‘War­wells’ and their uses? Philip Bullin, via email

Mike says: I have man­aged to find an im­age of a War­rior be­ing loaded onto a ‘Warwell’, which orig­i­nally fea­tured in MR20, way back in 2000. You’ll no­tice that the well of the wagon has been bridged with a metal con­trap­tion called a cra­dle. The cra­dle is spe­cially de­signed to el­e­vate the War­rior above sta­tion plat­forms, since the ve­hi­cles – wider than the ‘Warwell’ deck – are in dan­ger of clip­ping line­side ob­jects and struc­tures. How­ever, this presents an­other prob­lem; by not sit­ting in the well, War­riors breach load­ing gauge height reg­u­la­tions. As such, trains are only al­lowed to op­er­ate spe­cific routes that have been vet­ted by Net­work Rail. As with other MOD ar­moured ve­hi­cle trains, the ser­vices are not al­lowed to ex­ceed speeds of 45mph. Orig­i­nally in­tro­duced to help Sher­man tanks clear the low tun­nels and bridges of Bri­tain’s rail­ways dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, ‘War­wells’ were adapted for gen­eral freight use (steel/rail car­rier and bol­ster deck vari­ants) as early as 1949. Early ‘War­wells’ fea­tured di­a­mond-frame bo­gies and vac­uum brakes, but later MOD vari­ants have been fit­ted with Glouces­ter GPS bo­gies and air­brakes. As for model mak­ing, there’s never been a bet­ter time to model a mil­i­tary-themed lay­out. Hat­ton’s and Oxford Rail ‘War­wells’ are now avail­able to pur­chase, and Bach­mann’s hotly an­tic­i­pated ‘Warflat’ can’t be too far away ei­ther. Rolling stock expert Paul Bartlett of­ten helps the Model Rail team when it comes to wagon-re­lated mat­ters. For the largest on­line pho­to­graphic li­brary of rolling stock, visit his web­site:

MEL HOL­LEY

A War­rior IFV is loaded onto an MOD ‘Warwell’.

MIKE HAR­RIS

Oxford Rail’s ‘War­wells’ can be pur­chased with loads such as this Sher­man tank.

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