4mm Sprung buffers - assembled

4mm Sprung buffers - assembled

We have now developed a method of casting the bore, so there is no need for you to worry about drilling out the castings.  In fact it is so easy that we have decided to put the buffers together for you.  That means no missing springs or buffer heads in the carpet - we've done all that for you too.

 

All you have to do, is paint the casting - trim off the end of the buffer shank where necessary, and glue it into place.  DANGER - do not try to solder the castings - we have used a special bismuth alloy which has a very low melting temperature.

 

General guide to buffer types.  The length of the casting is detemined by the type of coupling used and the shape of the body.  The standard recoil length of a buffer is 4.5ins - 1.5mm in our scale.  For a simple 3 link coupling and for 'Instanter' links, a short body of 12 inches is normal.  But where screw links and vacuum connections are required, the buffer has to be longer.  In older coaches where the body curves under at the ends, even longer buffers may be needed.  For short 4-wheel wagons, the standard buffer head is 12inches diameter, but for longer vehicles, and bogie types, the end swing is greater then 13 or more, to 17 inch heads may be required.  Some companies clipped the top and bottom edges, but most commonly the heads are of oval shape.  You can reproduce this by filing the buffer heads, and using the projection of the shank behind the buffer beam, to stop the head from turning, by means of suitable guides. However a range of 'stick on' etched heads are being developed, which will fit over the basic 12 inch head. 


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Product no.: 40159

This was measured up from the ex-NER Dynamometer Car which used to be at Clapham Museum.  However it is seen in a number of photographs of other NER carriages.  There is a drawing on page 66 of David Jenkinson's British Railway Carriages of the 20th Centuary.  No doubt there are other more specific references elsewhere. 

 

 

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Delivery weight: 5 g

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Product no.: 40150

Midland Railway Wagon buffers, were generally of two types, the simple 12 inch diameter head with transverse springs behind the headstock, and the self contained types. It appears from photographs, that the same buffer was used for fitted vehicles as well as for the common unfitted stock. However the extension of the buffer shanks are well in excess of the later RCH standard of 4.5 ins. From some photos this appears to have been about 6ins, and some fitted vehicles appear to be more like 12 ins - although from the grease marks the movement looks like only 6ins.

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Delivery weight: 4 g

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Product no.: 40151

The Midland Coach buffers are distinctive insofar as the four fixing bolts pass through protruding lugs from the circular baseplate.  These are not easy to reproduce in model form, and must have been a weak point in the full size!  These buffers are from the 'Clayton' carriage design.

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Product no.: 40152
These buffers are very distinctive with their 3-bolt fixing. They date back to the pre Drummond era before 1882, and were fitted to the 6 ton vans and open wagons of the period.
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Product no.: 40153
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Product no.: 40154
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Product no.: 40155
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Product no.: 40156
These buffers are of a self contained design approved by the Railway Clearing House (RCH) in 1910 for use on converted dumb buffer wagons. By this time it was a requirement for all wagons to have sprung buffers for mainline use. No doubt there were a few which didn't, but most did as the conversion was not difficult. The dumb buffers were sawn off, and a new headstock was bolted across the wagon frame. The self contained buffers were then secured by bolts passing through the headstock to the timbers behind. These buffers would be useful to any of the older sizes of coal wagons, the 8 or 10 ton wagons which had survived until at least 1910.
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Product no.: 40157
We do not have many details for this buffer - Any advice would be appreciated
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Product no.: 40160
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Product no.: 40161
A very common design of buffer seen on many wagons by Charles Roberts, Ince, Gloucester etc. both from the period before the grouping,(1923) and afterwards, despite the advent of the RCH standard ribbed buffer.
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Delivery weight: 4 g
Product no.: 40163
The Non-vestibule (i.e. no gangway) stock introduced in 1923 continued through until 1938. These buffers were of the traditional type, as opposed to the retractable type fitted to the gangwayed, or Pullman Vestibuled stock of the same period. These buffers were therefore used on the ends of the articulated sets.
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Product no.: 40166
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Product no.: 40168
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Product no.: 40169
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Product no.: 40170

This is an earlier buffer type than item 40166.  This dates from 1880.

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Product no.: 40172
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Product no.: 40174

These buffers were used for bogie vehicles - including some wagons.  They appear to have been used from about 1907 until nationalisation.  Indeed they may have been used after that as well.  Originally the buffer heads were all circular and about 18 inches diameter.  Later they were of small diameter - 12 inches with an elliptical plate bolted to them.

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Delivery weight: 4 g

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Product no.: 40175

This buffer appeared in 1939, but the diagram No. 044 for the shock absorbing wagon was not allocated until 1948, after nationalisation.  However the same buffer was also used on LMS wagons built from 1948 onwards.  It may well have been used by other railway companies as well. 

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Product no.: 40176

This buffer was used on unfitted mineral and general merchandise wagons after 1932.  However it should be noted that many of the larger wagon companies continued to use the simple type (Ref No. 40161).

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Product no.: 40177

These buffers were used on the end door mineral wgons.  They feature a raised rib to prevent the floor sliding out with the load, when the wagon was tipped up.

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Product no.: 40178

The Railway Clearing House standard buffer was used by all of the Big Four Railway companies as well as some of the Private Owner Wagon Builders.  This buffer has the extra length required to give clearance for the brake hoses for the vacuum brakes.

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Delivery weight: 4 g

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Product no.: 40179

This design of buffer appears on the 'Ironclad' series of Coaches built by the LSWR in 1921.

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Product no.: 40180

This is a very neat buffer with a round base and tapered body.  The length of which indicates that it was used on fitted stock.

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Product no.: 40158
These rectangular buffer stocks were used on the solitary Treble C, and the Quad Cs and the Quint Cs of the North Eastern Railway . They had large circular buffer heads.
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Product no.: 40162
The London North Western Railway appears to have been pretty consistent in the use of this type of buffer. It is a long and rather large casting, without ribs.
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Product no.: 40173

This long buffer was originally used on Dean coaches which had the ends curved under, but was also used on 'Brown' vehicles and other 'passenger' stock well into the 1920s.

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Product no.: 40165
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Product no.: 40167
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Product no.: 40164
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