As mentioned a few posts ago, I've been trialling a pack of mineral wagon loads from the intriguing Geoscenics range. Founded by professional geologist Mike Mazurkiewicz, natural materials are employed throughout, using Mike's expertise in all things 'rock'. The range has been expanding over the past couple of years to include ballasts, snow, weathering powders, wagon loads and more.

Indeed, one of the best things about this product range is the authenticity of materials: you want limestone loads for Peak District stone trains?.. you can have crushed limestone from a quarry near Buxton! The range of ballasts are also offered on a regional basis, even down to the distinctive red-tinged stuff found up in Scotland. Great news for my S&C-themed layout is the choice of ballast from Ribblesdale itself - you can't get more accurate than that.

A full demo and appraisal of the Geoscenics wagon load kits is to appear in Model Rail soon but, meanwhile, have a look at these images of a selection of OO gauge wagons filled with various minerals - all included in a single pack, along with mounting card (for load formers) and adhesive. These are great value packages that are also easy and enjoyable to use.


  1. I've had a number of locos fitted with DCC sound decoders by Howes Models and they have fitted coal in the tenders which looks very much like this coal. Only trouble is that one piece is the size of a OO gauge fireman.


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