Category Archives: Class D Drop-side Wagons

History & news of WDLR (British & Dominion) WW1 Class D wagon preservation & restorations.

One down….

It’s been a really nice few dry weekends at Apedale recently, which has been a welcome break from the rather persistent rain that we’ve been experiencing…


All this dry weather has allowed us to finally complete one of the key WDLR projects – a former Ashover Class D wagon. This was a major re-construction which included a large number of parts salvaged from Wagons #25 & #63.

With an eye on the major First World War Centenary next year, this vehicle has been restored to original WDLR condition. I have to express my thanks to my friends/colleagues at the AVLR who have helped to complete this vehicle & the many contacts who have provided useful spare parts and information over the last few years!

On to the next project…..


Apedale Progress!


Sorry that it has been a little while since the last post (again!) – I have been completely overwhelmed with work at Apedale recently. This has included some WW1 rolling stock projects & organisation of our major Annual Gala (10/11th September).

Anyway, you may have read about the progress being made with some WDLR bogies over the last few months. these have finally made it under a vehicle…

p1020037s p1020052s

In addition to this newly reconstructed Class D wagon, we also managed to turn out our Kerr Stuart Joffre Locomotive. This is as accurate a restoration as we could manage back to WW1 condition. Seen here with our 40hp Simplex – a sight almost certainly not seen since a around 1919!

p1020057s DATE FOR THE DIARY – 8/9th September 2012!


Bogie progress!

It has been a little while since I last posted some progress – so here you are:

Ikea bogie kit

This shows a little of my “homework” projects. Painting/preparing these items away from site really help speed up the project.

Ex-Ashover bogie re-assembly...
Ex-Ashover bogie re-assembly…

Also progressing well is the ex-Ashover bogie. As of 29/30/11, this was successfully reunited with its wheels. It was placed on the track & run around to the workshop complex – probably the first time it had run on rails in over 10 years!

WDLR Bogie project – This frame arrived at Apedale from Alston with the Ambulance van in November 2010.
What a difference a few months make – compare these last couple of photos!
Bogie Assembly2
Ex-South Tynedale bogie progess…