Metro-Ashbury Model Works

IMR L Bolster Wagon

IMR 'L' Bolster Wagons - kit built pair with addition of timber load

The prototype full-size IMR 'L' Bolster Wagons were built by Metropolitan Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Ltd in 1874 and supplied as two pairs of wagons (4 in total) for the carrying of long timber loads and the like.

Our finescale model of the IMR 'L' Bolster Wagon is a Limited Edition first release of only 50 wagons available as full kits or ready-to-run with our kit build service.

Model Specifications:

  • Scale: 15mm : 1ft

  • Track Gauge: 45mm

  • Length (over buffers): 215mm

  • Width (over body): 98mm

  • Height (excl. bolster posts): 70mm

  • Coupling Height: 33.75mm

  • Minimum Track Radius: 780mm (LGB R2)

The wagon body and bolster block are resin castings with an exceptional level of detail reproduced in miniature, including bolts, nuts, washers, plates, strapping and even the wood grain! Our diecast metal Isle of Man Railway pattern axleboxes, split-spoke wheels, brake gear and working buffer couplings are all reproduced to scale.

We also supply unfinished wagon body castings (with bolster block / posts / shackles) for customers wishing to source and use alternative running / coupling / brake gear, chains and wheelsets.

Kit Contents
Side View A
End View A
End View B
Wheelset, Axlebox, & Hand Brake Detail
Bolster & Deck Detail
Side View B
Buffer & Coupling Detail
Kit Build Service - £40 extra per wagon

Full Kit - £85 single / £170 pair (plus P&P) - includes scale IMR pattern wagon fittings. Expand for detail...

  • Detailed wagon body casting with bolster beam x 1

  • IMR wagon axleboxes, leaf springs and W-irons x 4 sets

  • IMR working buffer couplings x 1 pair

  • IMR safety chains with mounting eyelets and end hooks x 4 sets

  • IMR 45mm gauge split-spoke wheels on axles x 2 pairs

  • IMR wagon brake gear x 1 set

  • Bolster posts, shackles and chains x 1 set

  • Assembly bolts and washers x 1 pack

  • Running Number decals x 1 pair

  • Kit Instructions (view / download as PDF file)

Kit Build Service - please add £40 per wagon - for a ready-to-run IMR 'L' Bolster Wagon. Expand for detail...

  • Available with the Full Kit option

  • Trim and prepare wagon body and bolster beam castings and fittings

  • Drill assembly holes

  • Paint wagon body and bolster beam in mid grey

  • Paint separate fittings in black

  • Assemble wagon

  • Apply running number decals (optional)

  • Track test

  • Package

Body Only - £35 single / £70 pair (plus P&P) - includes bolster beam, posts and shackles. Expand for detail...

  • Detailed wagon body casting with bolster beam x 1

  • Bolster posts and shackles castings x 2 each

Important Information - Please read before ordering:

Castings and mouldings supplied with our 'Full Kit' and 'Body Only' options are unfinished and require trimming, drilling and preparing prior to painting, varnishing and assembly. Glues, paints, varnishes and modelmaking tools are required to complete our kits but are NOT included in our kits or supplied by us.

Model kits and ready-to-run models are normally made up to customer order, rather than held in stock for immediate dispatch. We aim to complete orders ready for collection / posting at the earliest opportunity.

Our scale model kits and built-up models are intended only for adult model makers and adult model collectors. They are NOT suitable for children because of small parts which can present a choking hazard. In addition, some of the components have functional sharp edges or points and should be handled with care.

Only light loads should be carried on our IMR 'L' Bolster Wagons at low scale speed to avoid damage to the bolster posts, shackles and chains which are made of soft metal and could easily bend or break. The timber load shown in photos is for illustrative purposes only and not included with our kits or supplied by us.

Our promotion and supply of products and services are subject to our standard Terms & Conditions.


Items are sent by tracked, signed for and insured Royal Mail services. The following postage and packing (P&P) charges currently apply for delivery addresses in the UK and Isle of Man:

  • Bodies Only: One or two wagon bodies - £6; Three or four wagon bodies - £9

  • Full Kits: One wagon - £6; Two wagons - £9; Three or four wagons - £11

  • Ready-to-run models: One wagon - £9; Two wagons - £11; Three or four wagons - £15

The amount applicable to your Order will be shown in your Invoice.


To place an order on a 'first come, first allocated' basis, please contact us by email, telephone or normal post to confirm:

  1. your full contact details (name / email and postal addresses / phone number);

  2. the number of IMR 'L' Bolster Wagons you wish to order (maximum 4 wagons per customer);

  3. whether body only, full kit or ready-to-run.

An Order Confirmation & Invoice for payment will be sent to you by email or by normal post if you do not have email, subject to wagon availability. Payment is normally accepted by direct bank transfer or by personal cheque drawn on a UK bank account.

If our IMR 'L' Bolster Wagons have already sold out or will not otherwise be available for supply by us, we will advise you accordingly and your order will automatically cancel, although we will add you to a reserve waiting list.