• GWR Gunpowder Van

Prices:  5" g. £775  -  7¼" g. £850  (+VAT) ex-works

GWR Gunpowder Van
Available in 5" gauge &  7¼" gauge.

When you order, a Deposit of 25% (+ VAT) will be payable 
(This amount is adjusted, according to the gauge required, when you select from the drop-down list - NB: Please read the Terms of Ordering to the right.)

Great Western built a number of different variants of the Gunpowder Van, from 1874 onwards. Not surpisingly, the body construction methods - and indeed the regulations covering their use - differed significantly from that of other similar vans. In particular, great care was taken to prevent the occurence of sparks when opening and closing doors, by ensuring there could be no steel on steel contact. Hinges, screws, bolts etc were all brass. The wood encased interior was lined with lead sheet up to a height of several feet, and the vans were completely dust proof. 

Gunpowder Vans were in service through to the Second World War and well beyond and during wartime the strict regulations were relaxed somewhat. For example the usual maximum number of coupled GPV's was five carrying a maximum of 10,000lb of explosives, yet during wartime a train of up to sixty vans, carrying up to 16,000lb each, was possible for government explosives traffic!

We have based our van on the 9ft wheelbase "Cone" type of wagon, (not to be confused with the round cornered, converted "Minks", which were also known as Improvised Gunpowder Vans).


Our model, although reproduced to 1.0625”- 1’ is more of a representation than a like for like scale replica, allowing us to produce a reliable and useable model that still looks just the part. All steel construction and modern engineering techniques allow this model to be used on a garden railway or club track alike whether it is used in a rake behind a loco or shunted in a yard, without sacrificing detail.


  • TIG welded and rivetted body and chassis assemblies
  • Profile Channel section for chassis
  • Rivet detail (400 rivets!)
  • Sprung suspension
  • Sprung CNC turned Buffers
  • Sprung draw Hooks
  • Laser cut underframe gear, brake & spring detail
  • Detailed cast axle boxes & LWC brass buffer stocks
  • Finished in GWR grey.
  • Choice of wagon numbers allowing you to build up rakes of wagons
  • Full 12 month warranty

TERMS OF ORDERING: You can order these models online if you wish, BUT please understand the following:

DEPOSIT: The amount show above for checkout will be the Deposit only, at 25% of the full cost. The deposit for these "built to order" models is non-refundable. The balance, plus any necessary shipping costs, will be required shortly before completion. We normally request this balance when the model reached the painting stage.

DELIVERY LEAD TIMES: Due to the nature of the building of these models, which are generally all built from scratch, lead times can vary from around 8 weeks to several months, dependent  on our workload at time of ordering. We do not give guaranteed delivery dates - if delivery time is critical to you we strongly advise you to talk to us about this before placing an order.

Certain options, such as upgrades, livery etc are available to choose alongside the product details. If you have any queries about these or any other factors, please do contact us.

Prices shown are ex-works. 

If required, a delivery charge will be added, at cost, when balance is due. If at all possible, we prefer that wagons are collected from our works upon completion.


GWR Gunpowder Van

  • Product Code: W-GUN
  • Availability: Pre-Order - check lead time
  • 5"g: £775    7¼"g: £850 (+VAT)
    25% Deposit required to order, from:


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