1963 Vanwide Railway Wagon




Railway Wagon Conversion




Simon bought a 1963 Vanwide railway goods wagon with plans to turn it into a garden room for himself and his family.

To get the wagon to a usable state, a full strip out was required, leaving only the metal casing of the original wagon remaining. Looking to insulate the 2m x 5m roof, careful consideration had to be given to retaining the original look of the carriage.


Once the wagon was stripped back, there wasn’t much metal remaining for the roof, only six thin metal trusses were left.

Simon knew he wanted to finish the roof to a high standard whilst ensuring that it was well insulated. Due to the shape of the wagon, insulation was needed that not only performed well but was fully flexible to fit the arched roof. It was also important that the insulation had a shallow profile to fit into the narrow space.


After researching different products, Simon decided to use SuperFOIL SF19BB on the roof of his wagon, topped with traditional corrugated steel.

SuperFOIL SF19BB is a multifoil insulation, with a built-in breather membrane and purpose-made overlap and tape seal. At only 40mm thick, with an R-value of 2.22 when used in a roof, it is a great value, high-performing insulation. It is a fully flexible product, which also acts as a radiant barrier to help keep your project warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Simon stated “ I now have a super roof solution that will outlast the original plywood and felt roof provided by British Railways. SuperFOIL SF19BB was easy to lay, easy to cut around and easy to handle. I chose SuperFOIL because of the quality of the product and the fact it is fully flexible, meaning it was perfect for a curved roof.

Cutting Railway Wagon Roof
Railway Wagon Inner Roof
Cutting Railway Wagon Roof
Cutting Insulation for Railway Wagon
Adding Roof To Railway Wagon
Black Railway Wagon