Private Owner Non-Air and Government LCH Hoppers now available

Now available in packs of five are the Government LCH and Private Owner Non-Air Hoppers.

Private Owner Non-Air Hoppers

The private owner coal hopper was used in the Newcastle coal fields and beyond for over a century and became synonymous with J and A Brown and the South Maitland Railways Pty Ltd.

They were used to transport coal from the many collieries dotted around Newcastle etc.  A typical train length was 28 wagons per loco and they were finally withdrawn from service in 1977.

Government LCH Braked Hoppers

The LCH was very similar to the private owner wagons of the Maitland coal fields.  They were used by the NSWGR for replenishment of coal at small coaling stages around the state.  They were typically found running from the Illawarra, Lithgow, Upper Hunter, Sydney suburbs and anywhere a small branchline coal stage was found. 

This model has a steel underframe and a ratchet handbrake and was airbraked from the locomotive.

There were 2190 in service.

There are seven different packs available, one NSWGR grey LCH pack of five, and six different Private Owner packs, shop for your packs at the links below:

  1. LCH001
  2. LCH002
  3. LCH003
  4. LCH004
  5. LCH005
  6. LCH006
  7. LCH007

Technical detail

The coupler box is the same size as a Microtrains 1015, therefore it can be swapped over to allow automatic uncoupling at either end of your train.

Breaking NEWS!

A CHG guards van kit, suitable for the SMR and Government Railways LCH wagons, is in preparation and should be available mid October.  Test shots have been successful.

Also in late stage development are kits for the SMR 10 class and NSWGR 50 class, we expect them to be ready around April 2021.