This offering of a Wrenn “SELSDEN STABLES BATH” 4 wheeled Horse Box comes from our own stable of rolling stock. The original model with LOGO was made by Wrenn from 1971 through to 1974. This is one of a handful which left the factory without “FOXHUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP” logo reference no. W5002.
Wagons for moving horses have been used since the earliest days of the railways, but few have survived due to the acidic nature of horse manure. This British Rail Southern Region horse box was based at Kensington Olympia and used for racehorses. However due to a change of BR policy regarding the carriage of animals, and the lack of rail links to many stables and courses, it was withdrawn after only twelve years’ use.
The vehicle was designed to carry three animals: the ‘stable’ section was divided into three with movable partitions. Amidships there is a compartment for the groom, whose seat can be made up as a bed. Side corridor access is provided from the groom’s compartment to a toilet and fodder store, which can also be reached from outside. At the end of the vehicle there is a saddlery.
Note: the wagon comes in fully stamped end box of the period! Reference to this wagon can be found in Maurice Gunters reference books!