Remove the bogie from the carriage.

For the MkI Pullman unsolder the wires from the current pickups.Then prize the bogies from the chassis.

Open up the return spring hole with a 1mm drill bit.

Fit the new draw bar to the carriage with the return spring. If the draw bar is tight as is passes across the centre point then carefully scrape a little resin away from this area until it is free but not sloppy.

Fitting the Draw Bar

Additional instructions for the Restaurant Car, Full Break & Pullman

Using plasticard, glue a packing piece to the front edge of the bogie pivot post, 10 thou for the Full Break and 20 thou for the Restaurant Car.

File the front edge of the coupling pocket so it is just behind the back of the buffer beam.

For the Restaurant Car, the MKI Pullman and possibly some others, file this side of the arm thinner so it is just below the height of the bogie pivot post.

Too much rotational side play will cause carriages to lock up and derail when pushed through reverse curves.

Using a small file or a scalpel carefully remove a tiny amount of plastic from this edge at the bottom of the coupling a little at a time until a pair of couplings will pass easily through each other with a minimum of side play.

The Buckeye Coupler

The BR MkI standard bogie.

When the return spring gets stretched there is a tenancy for the draw bar to drop and slip out from under the sole bar. To prevent this glue two pieces of 1mm thick plastic strip to the top of the bogie.

Remove the bar from the rear of the bogie. This prevents the bogie from rubbing on the return spring and helps prevent derailments.

Some later productions of MK I carriages have a pip moulded on the top surface of the of the bogie. This has to be removed.

Fit the Buck Eye couplers to the coupling pocket and fix with a small amount of super glue after following the instructions below.

Prize the water pipes out of the ends of the carriage.

Separate the body from the chassis. Then prize the existing corridor connection from the end of the carriage.

Glue the new corridor connection onto the carriage end. Place the fixing plate into the new corridor connection as a template and with a 2mm drill mark the position of the hole.

Remove the fixing plate and drill a 2mm hole into the end of the carriage. Ease the hole so the end plate moves freely in and out.

Fixing Plate

Contacting Me Installations Index Other Bits Fits To Pullman Carriage Ends Couplings

Remove the bogies and draw bars, take care not to loose the springs. Remove the three screws from the chassis.

Self centring springs

Keen Systems replacement Draw Bars

THE FLOATING END PLATE

Weather Cover (NOT USED)

Spring

Fixing Washer

Fixing Plate

Floating End Plate

Remove any flash and file away any imperfections from the top of the resin corridor connection.

Colour the resin corridor connection with a black permanent marker or spray satin black paint.

Do not get paint on the back of the corridor connection.

The Corridor Connection

Buffer height of the model carriage should be 14mm from the top of the rail to the centre of the buffers.

The Pullman body is easily removed from the chassis by opening up the body sides and pull out the chassis.

Gently prise the corridor connection from the carriage body.

Glue the new corridor connection on to the carriage.

Place the fixing plate into the corridor connection with the hole upwards.

With a 2mm drill bit mark the end of the carriage through the hole in the fixing plate.

Remove the fixing plate and drill a 2mm hole in the marked position.

Insert the end plate and check for a free movement, if needed adjust the hole upwards or sideways.

The BR MkI Pullman

The Corridor Connection

The Draw Bar

Bachmann BR MkI Standard and Pullman

Keen Systems Home Bachmann MkI Coupling & Corridors

Some carriage interiors fowl the lateral movement of the draw bar and needs that area of the interior floor to be carved away otherwise the carriage will be pulled off the track on tight radii or the draw bar locating finger may be broken off.

Carriage Preparation

Carriage Interiors

Draw Bar Preparation

Any flash can be removed with a finger nail or a nail brush. Any distortion of the draw bar can be corrected by dipping it into a container of freshly boiled water and then applying pressure to it on the edge of a flat surface.


Sit the carriage on a length of flat track. Put a set square on the track, set the corridor connection against it and check that the corridor connection is perpendicular to the track. On many of the carriages the corridor connection slopes out at the top so this has to be corrected.

Alternatively fit the Keen Systems MkI corridor connection and floating end plate, see below.

Mind your fingers.

Remove the end plate. Place the spring over the spigot, insert the end plate, then fit the fixing washer to the spigot.


Make a spacing jig in the shape of a two pronged fork from 1mm plasticard. Place this between the inside face of the carriage and the fixing washer and press the washer onto the jig.


Remove the jig and test the movement of the end plate. The end plate should move freely and sit vertically.


The attitude of the end plate can be set by adjusting the position of the fixing washer to ensure the end plate is an equal distance from the bellows.

Spigot

Fixing Washer

Floating End Plate

Remove the end plate. Place the spring over the spigot, insert the end plate, then fit the fixing washer to the spigot.

Make a spacing jig in the shape of a two pronged fork from 1mm plasticard. Place this between the inside face of the carriage and the fixing washer and press the washer onto the jig.

Remove the jig and test the movement of the end plate.

The end plate should move freely and sit vertically. The attitude of the end plate can be set by adjusting the position of the fixing washer to ensure the end plate is an equal distance from the bellows. Now re-assemble the carriage.

Fixing Washer

Spigot

HORNBY

Railroad

BACHMANN

LIMA

REPLICA

Pre  1960

Pre  1960

Post 1960

Post 1960

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Pre 1960

Pre 1960

Post 1960

No Net & Arms

   TYPE DESIGNATION  

Corridor Break Comp

Corridor Break 2nd

Corridor Compostite

Corridor 2nd

Corridor 1st

Open 2nd

Open 1st

Restaurant Open 1st

Restaurant Unclass

Restaurant Buffet

Restaurant Mini Buffet

Sleeper 1st

Sleeper 2nd


PO Sorting Van

Full Brake

Pullman

BCK

BSK

CK

SK

FK

SO

FO

RFO

RU

RB

RMB

SLF

SLSTP

POS

BG

DIAG

171,172

181,182

126,128

146,147

116

89,93,94

73

36

23

24

98,99

1

10

720

711

BUILT

1954-64

1952-63

1952-61

1951-63

1952-62

1953-59

1954-63

1951

1957-61

1961-62

1960-62

1958-62

1957-62

1951-63

1960

1959-61

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 BR MkI Carriages

BR Mk I

1954-59

BR Mk I

1960-67

Reference: British Railway Carriages by Keith Parkin


1960 was a time of change with British Rail MkI cariages.


The bottom of the end plate was changed.


The Commonwealth bogie was introduced.

Outside window frames were added to new build and refurbished carriages.

1963 saw the introduction of the B4 bogie and first saw service on the XP64 carriages which led to the introduction of the MkII carriages.


D

C

Tourist 2nd Open

TSO

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