Metro-Ashbury Model Works

IMR L Bolster Wagon

Matched pair of IMR L Bolster Wagons built from our kits, painted and decorated, with addition of a 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. A single bolster wagon could also be used as a match truck for the jib crane as part of the breakdown train.

Our finescale model of the IMR L Bolster Wagon is a Limited Edition easy to build kit, also available from us 'ready-to-run' with our kit building service.

Model Specifications:

  • Scale: 15mm : 1ft

  • Track Gauge: 45mm

  • Length (over buffer heads): 215mm

  • Width (overall): 98mm

  • Height (excl. bolster posts): 70mm

  • Coupling Centre Height: 33.75mm

  • Minimum Track Radius: 780mm (LGB R2)

The wagon body and bolster beam are resin cast 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.

The separate metal fittings included with our wagon kits now come pre-finished ready to fit to the wagon body. Simply paint, decorate and varnish the wagon body (and bolster beam) in your preferred livery, then attach the fittings to complete the model!

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
Side View C

Full Kit: £85 per wagon (plus P&P). Now only requires wagon body and bolster beam to be painted, decorated and varnished; then attach the separate fittings to complete the model! Expand for detail...

  • Detailed wagon body and bolster beam castings, now with pre-drilled assembly holes x 1 each (unpainted)

  • 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 and axles x 2 sets

  • IMR wagon brake gear x 1 set

  • Bolster posts, shackles and chains x 1 set

  • Assembly bolts and washers x 1 pack

  • Decal Sheet (water-slide) with Stock Number transfers x 1 pair

  • Kit Instructions

Kit Building Service: Add £40** per wagon. Hand painted, decorated, varnished and assembled by us using our 'Full Kit' components. Detail paint options for wagon body are available at extra cost. Expand for detail...

  • Paint wagon body and bolster beam all-over in mid grey, including plate and capping strip detail in mid grey **

  • Apply Stock Number transfers and varnish over

  • Assemble wagon

  • Track test

  • Package with information leaflet

** Wagon Body Paint Options:

  1. All-over in mid grey - included with standard £40 kit building service

  2. Deck planking in mid brown - £15 extra

  3. All plate and capping strip detail highlighted in black - £45 extra

We can also supply 'raw' unfinished bolster wagon body castings (with bolster beam / posts / shackles) at £40 each (plus P&P) for customers wishing to source and use alternative running / coupling / brake gear, chains and wheelsets from the likes of IP Engineering, Slaters, Brandbright etc.

Important Information - Please read before ordering:

Glues, paints, varnishes and some basic modelmaking tools (including a 1.5mm hex driver for the assembly bolts) are required to complete our kits but are NOT included in our kits.

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 model kits, components 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.

The timber load shown in photos is for illustrative purposes only and not included with our models or supplied by us.

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


For delivery addresses in the UK and Isle of Man, our postage and packing (P&P) charge is as follows:

  • One Wagon - £9.00

  • Two Wagons - £11.50

Items are sent by tracked, signed for and insured Royal Mail services.


Our Limited Edition IMR L Bolster Wagon is available to order.


By email, telephone or normal post. Please provide us with:

  1. your full contact details (name, email address, postal address, phone number);

  2. the number of wagons you wish to order and whether Full Kit, Ready-to-Run or Body Only.

If you are ordering a 'Ready-to-Run' model with our kit building service, please indicate which of the paint options you require for the wagon body.