Posted by: aj427 | July 8, 2015

NER Diag 196 Horsebox – 3d Model

Inspired by this photo at Wilsden on the GNR Queensbury Lines my next 3d printed model will be an ex-NER Diagram 196 horsebox.

E NER Horse Box Diag 196 behind N1 at Wilsden - Copy

The model is at an advanced CAD stage and will soon be sent for a test print. It will come in three main parts; chassis, body and roof with additional detail parts tucked inside for transit. These will be buffers, roof vents and brake shoes. The model will also allow for alternative metal buffers and roof vents supplied by Wizard Models.

NER Diag 196 1a

I’ve based the model on the Peter Tatlow vol.3 drawing. The roof detail is somewhat sketchy – I have only two images showing this directly and both are very low res. The Peter Tatlow drawing is based on the as-built design and the roof is definitely different in the LNER/BR-era. Also the tumble home is shown as quite curved on the drawing but photographs show it to be much more shallow (compare it with the coach behind in the above photograph).

The model will be available in Frosted Ultra Detail only and the price should be around £55 (inc. VAT) plus delivery at the current exchange rate.

NER Diag 196 3a NER Diag 196 2aNER Diag 196 4a




  1. Will there be provision for compensation?

    • Hi, I’m strictly a 00 man so the short answer is no. However, if you let me know how you need it to be I’ll see how easy it would be to do a variation to suit.

      • If the axle boxes were separate item and it was possible to replace the W irons then modification would be possible by fitting either sprung or rocking. If rocking then this would need to be only one end and preferably the opposite one to the steps.

      • Hi Paul,
        While this is possible it would seriously compromise the strength of the axle box, springs, steps & handbrake assembly as these are all interconnected to the W irons for strength. The axle box/spring assembly is joined to the soleplates and the W irons are also in turn connected to the soleplates. What you have is essentially a number of parts printed at the smallest thickness possible for this technology. On their own they would be very weak and prone to breaking/snapping off, together they make a reasonably strong part. But yes, in principle this can be done, subject to Shapeways checks. Cost would be about the same as the standard product if it’s possible to print it.

  2. I’m certainly interested. When are they going to be available? Just so I can budget.

    • Hi, should be available in a few weeks if test pieces are OK. Once available they will be on sale in my Shapeways shop indefinitely.

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