The Real GWR Carriages.
They were all 57’ bow end carriages running on 7’ bogies.
The Break 3rd.
Diagram D95, Lot 1375, Right hand end. Completed 21/05/1927
A batch of matching Left hand (mirror image) ends also to Diagram D95, Lot 1384 completed 30/06/1928.
The 1st/3rd Composite.
Diagram E127, Lot 1373, completed 21/05/27.
The Composite Restaurant Car.
Diagram H25, Lot 1330. Completed 09/02/1924. No’s 9562-7
Other carriages built to the same stile were All 3rd and Full brake (Ocean Mails).
Cross country sets made up of 5 carriages:
Bk 3rd Rt hand - comp - comp restaurant - comp - Bk 3rd left hand.
The Model Carriages.
The bodies are fine. You need to fit ABS/Writelines white metal GWR tapered square shank oval head buffers.
To fit scale wheels (14mm) you will need to file the bogie pivot level with the sole bars.
The rest of the underframe detail is all back to front. A detailing kit can be obtained from Phoenix Models, Birmingham.
Great Western Coaches from 1890. Michael Harris, ISBN 0-946537-82-8. From David St John Thomas Publishers.
A Pictorial Record of Great Western Coaches (Part I & II)
Great Western Coaches Appendix Vol I & II
By J.H.Russell, From OPC.
File the shoulders of the coupling bars so they sit further back into the pocket to bring the carriages close together. Be sure to take the same amount off each coupler.
Note that white metal buffers of the correct pattern have been fitted. (Tapered square shank with oval buffer heads).
Note that replacement carriage ends with floating end plates and white metal buffers of the correct pattern have been fitted. (Tapered square shank with oval buffer heads).
Hornby Railroad GWR 57’ Bow End Carriages.
THE BASE PLATE and BOGIE
Fix pieces of 10 thou plasticard to remove the sloppy movement of the draw bar when at its widest left and right movement.
If scale (14mm) wheels are to be fitted then file the bogie pivot flush with the sole bar. This is to bring the buffer height back down to 14mm.
Cut the old coupling from the bogie.
Before fitting the base plate scrape away the raised detail from the floor.
File out the delta plate. This is to ensure the wheels are not fouled by the the draw bar.
Leave a small pip on the back edge of the draw bar.
This is to ensue there is minimum end play when the draw bar is being pulled.
With a fine parallel needle file open up the gap under the locating finger.
Ease the locating holes of the female coupling plate and countersink the top of the hole to make coupling the male plate easier.
THE DRAW BAR