Metro-Ashbury Model Works

IMR L Bolster Wagon

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.

Our finescale model of the IMR L Bolster Wagon is a Limited Edition release available as a kit, 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 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.

We can also supply an unfinished wagon body casting (with bolster block / posts / shackles) for customers wishing to source and use alternative running / coupling / brake gear, chains and wheelsets from the likes of IP Engineering, Slaters, Brandbright etc.

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 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)

Ready-to-Run: £125 single / £250 pair (plus P&P) - hand built by us using our 'Full Kit' components. Expand for detail...

  • 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 decals and varnish

  • Track test

  • Package

Body Only: £40 single / £80 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


Our postage and packing (P&P) charge for sending our IMR L Bolster Wagon (single or pair, Full Kit / Ready-to-Run / Body Only options) to delivery addresses in the UK and Isle of Man is currently £7.50. Items are sent by tracked, signed for and insured Royal Mail services.

Important Information - Please read before ordering:

Castings and mouldings supplied with our 'Full Kit' and 'Body Only' options are unfinished and require some trimming, drilling and preparing prior to painting, decorating, 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 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.

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.


To order online using PayPal or a credit / debit card, first make your selection from the drop-down option list, then click on the Buy Now button and complete the payment process to submit your order to us.

The prices shown in the drop-down option list do not include the applicable P&P charge indicated above, that will be added during the payment process.

At present we only send items to delivery addresses in the UK and Isle of Man.

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 IMR L Bolster Wagons you wish to order; and

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

We will send you an Order Confirmation & Invoice by email (or by normal post if you do not have email) showing the amount payable and our payment instructions. Please note for orders by email, telephone or normal post, the methods of payment will be limited to direct bank transfer or personal cheque.

Our IMR L Bolster Wagons are a limited release and available on a 'first come, first served' basis. If the 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 (with any payment already made being promptly refunded), although we will add you to a reserve waiting list for the product.