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Collecting Peco Wonderful Wagons (OO)

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Hello, I'm Rob & I'm new, so go easy....

I've been building a collection of Peco Wonderful Wagons in OO Gauge over the years, I've got at least one example of just about every model ever made (apart from 2 of the approx 96 in the range that I know of).

The thing is, finding information of history of the models is quite a challenge, even Peco seem reluctant to share what they have (if indeed they have much). So I've taken to buying old Peco catalogues off eBay and I've started piecing together the history of the models, release dates and so on.

So what I'm looking to do is acquire any information out there on these little models, so I can build a detailed history. My plan ultimately is to produce a definitive history of the models to share with those who may be interested. Information may be personal knowledge, old catalogues, maybe even the two models I'm missing - I'd be happy to pay a reasonable amount for physical items.

Things I'm not sure about include when the various Series / Mks were released (this seems to roughly align with the decades) and what were the differences, when they went out of production, that sort of thing. Does anyone out there have any information or inkling to help?

There is honestly no information out there for these models - I thought it might be interesting to curate a little corner of modelling history. Anyone else interested?

Thanks in advance,

Rob T.

p.s. the models I am missing are R-62BF BR 3 Plank in Red Oxide (seems like it was only available around 1962 to 1965) and W-03 National Benzole tank wagon (it appears in a catalogue but not on a price list so I'm not sure it was ever released).
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I'd be quite interested to see how this project develops. I've built or restored a few of these and they have a wonderful heritage feel to them. I also spent quite a while trying to track down one of the earliest releases, the wooden-bodied W Craven Llewelyn coal wagon from the mid-50s. It didn't last long in their catalogue either. I eventually found two.

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PS are they in OO gauge?
They are OO Reddo and, if made sufficiently carefully, have sprung buffers and a rudimentary form of compensation: the axle boxes are sprung but, in reality, the models are insufficiently heavy to really take advantage of it.

The two brewery vans are relatively common on eBay both in kit form and already constructed. Of late however, sellers have started asking wholly unrealistic prices for these Peco wagons: for eg. a French seller has an unmade Bass van for over £40 [when postage added in] currently. TBH, I wouldn't pay more than a tenner all-in unless you were desperate to complete a collection.

You'll find one eventually at a sensible price, just keep looking.

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If you see a container IC Fuzzey, buy it, they are like hens teeth. The one I have is the only one I've ever found for sale and I've been looking for years.
Have sent to a PM re Fuzzey.

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